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DHL Stormers face Stade Rochelais in action replay

PUBLISHED: January 25, 2024


The DHL Stormers will take on defending champions Stade Rochelais for the second time this season in their Investec Champions Cup clash at DHL Stadium on April 6.

The French giants will be back in Cape Town for the knock-out clash, which has been confirmed to kick-off at 16h00 (SAST) on Saturday, 6 April.

Tickets for this match will go on sale exclusively from Ticketpro on February 20.

The last time the two teams met a Manie Libbok conversion after the hooter clinched a dramatic one-point win for the DHL Stormers, who are still yet to lose a home game in two seasons of Investec Champions Cup action.

Having won three of their four pool games, the DHL Stormers qualified as seventh seeds to secure home advantage in the Round of 16.

Following a tension-packed conclusion to last weekend’s pool stage when there was something at stake in all 12 matches, EPCR have confirmed the dates, venues, kick-off times and TV coverage of the Investec Champions Cup Round of 16 fixtures.

Heading into what promises to be a dramatic knockout stage on the road to the London Finals at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the weekend of 24/25 May, the elite clubs who remain in contention for silverware have 29 EPCR titles between them with as many as nine previous Investec Champions Cup winners still in the mix.

Stade Toulousain, five-time tournament winners and this season’s No 1-ranked club, go head-to-head with their TOP 14 rivals, Racing 92, at Le Stadium on Sunday, 7 April, and the highest-ranked Gallagher Premiership club, the in-form Northampton Saints, clash with Munster Rugby at the cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens also on Sunday, 7 April.

Leinster Rugby, the top-ranked club from the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, are up against old foes, Leicester Tigers, at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 6 April and the holders, Stade Rochelais, will travel to Cape Town to take on the DHL Stormers on the same day.

Also on Saturday, 6 April, the Vodacom Bulls will be at home at Loftus Versfeld against Lyon, the Exeter Chiefs host Bath Rugby in an intriguing all-Gallagher Premiership contest, and Stade Chaban-Delmas will be the venue for the clash of Union Bordeaux-Bègles and Saracens.

The Round of 16 kicks-off on the evening of Friday, 5 April when Harlequins meet Glasgow Warriors at the Twickenham Stoop.

The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage have home advantage in the Round of 16 and the quarter-final matches, and home country advantage in the semi-finals which will be played in Europe.

Every Round of 16 match will be televised live by SuperSport.

INVESTEC CHAMPIONS CUP
Round of 16

(Pool stage rankings in brackets / All kick-offs local times)

Friday 5 April
Match 5: Harlequins (5) v Glasgow Warriors (12), Twickenham Stoop (20.00)

Saturday 6 April
Match 6: Vodacom Bulls (6) v Lyon (11), Loftus Versfeld (13.30)

Match 8: Exeter Chiefs (8) v Bath Rugby (9), Sandy Park (15.00)

Match 7: DHL Stormers (7) v Stade Rochelais (10), DHL Stadium (16.00)

Match 4: Union Bordeaux-Bègles (4) v Saracens (13), Stade Chaban-Delmas (18.30)

Match 2: Leinster Rugby (2) v Leicester Tigers (15), Aviva Stadium (20.00)

Sunday 7 April
Match 3: Northampton Saints (3) v Munster Rugby (14), cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens (12.30)

Match 1: Stade Toulousain (1) v Racing 92 (16), Le Stadium (16.00)

Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 April
QF 1: Winner R16 1 v Winner R16 8
QF 2: Winner R16 2 v Winner R16 7
QF 3: Winner R16 3 v Winner R16 6
QF 4: Winner R16 4 v Winner R16 5

NB The highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home venue advantage

Semi-finals – 3/4/5 May
SF 1: Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 4
SF 2: Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3

NB The matches will be played in Europe and where relevant the highest-ranked clubs from the pool stage will have home country advantage

2024 Investec Champions Cup final – Saturday 25 May; Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London (14.45)