Saracens are still hopeful of making the last eight in the Champions Cup following their bonus point victory over Northampton Saints. They are the second best of all the second placed teams. Since three progressing to the last eight, they stand a chance.

The Saints led in the opening exchanges through CobusReinach and NafiTuitavake but Nathan Earle came on for the defending champions to change things. The winger, who is set to join Harlequins at the end of the season, combined well with Alex Goode, Owen Farrell, Marcelo Bosch and Richard Wiggleworth. The Saracens kept scoring tries, with Sean Maitland and SioneVailanu adding theirs after half time.

The Wolf Packstarted the current campaign with the home of matching Toulon with three European titles. After back to back victories in the first two games, they lost to Clermont twice. Clermont, which they defeated in Edinburgh last May to retain their European title, delivered huge blows to their hopes. The Sarries had a little bad luck in the first one due to the weather, leading to a record home defeat in Europe. The second loss was narrow and it left them in a dangerous spot.

During the draw against Ospreys last week, they showed hope before defeating Saints 62-14. They sit second in the Champions Cup Pool Two with three victories, one draw and two losses. They have 205 points for them and 146 against. They have good chances of qualifying but their fate rests with others.

“If we don’t qualify, we don’t qualify but we’ll have a million regrets because we’re good enough to be in that company,” the director of rugby Mark McCall said.

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