Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says the choice of venue for Saturday's European Champions Cup semifinal against Leinster was "never going to bother us".
The newly renamed Bristol Bears may have gained promotion back to the Aviva Premiership but the champagne is firmly on ice until they get among the elite of Europe in the Champions Cup, according to fly-half Ian Madigan.
The Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and French Top 14 are drawing to a close and with playoff places up for grabs it is time for teams to stake a claim to Champions Cup places or be left to fight it out in the Challenge Cup next season.
Despite a possible European Rugby Champions Cup final meeting with Munster, Leinster and Ireland backrow Sean O'Brien won't be cheering for Munster in their semifinal clash with French Top 14 giants Racing 92 in two weeks.
Champions Cup semifinalists Scarlets are investigating claims of racist chanting during their quarterfinal win over La Rochelle.