Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Gloucester survived a frantic finish to end Connacht's unbeaten run in the European Challenge Cup with a 33-28 quarterfinal win at the Sportsground.
ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across all of the quarterfinals.
Connacht booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup after a 24-24 draw with Worcester.
Former Toulon centre Tom May casts his eye over rounds three and four of the Top 14 to pick out some of the overseas players who made their mark -- and you might be surprised to learn that a few have ended up in France.
Anthony Tuitavake was sent off as Racing 92 lost 23-19 at Agen in the Top 14.
With Top 14 rugby kicking off on Saturday, we look at every club in France's elite division and try to predict where they will end up next June.
The final day of the Top 14 sees Clermont battling with Montpellier for a semifinal spot and a point separates Racing 92 (6th), Stade Francais (7th) and Pau (8th) for the last Champions Cup spot.
Brock James and La Rochelle survived a late scare to defeat Montpellier 40-37 as they secured top spot in the Top 14 and can now prepare for a home semifinal.
La Rochelle maintained control of the Top 14 with a 23-13 victory over Pau which stretch their lead to 10 points at the summit of the Top 14.
French Top 14 side Pau have stood down Colin Slade with the former All Blacks fly-half having suffered three concussions this season.
Top 14 leaders La Rochelle kept their winning run going while matches involving Stade Francais and Racing 92 were postponed due to their now scrapped proposal of a merger.
Pau have won five matches in a row in the Top 14 after a convincing 38-15 triumph over Lyon.
A Brock James penalty in injury-time saw La Rochelle defeat Toulon 23-20 at the Stade Mayol to hit the summit of the Top 14.
Toulon's climb up the Top 14 table was arrested by Castres Olympique on Saturday afternoon, as the home team prevailed 34-19 at the Stade Jean-Pierre Antoine. F
La Rochelle climb into Clermont's buffer in the Top 14 standings as Zack Holmes kicks 20 points in 25-19 win over Toulouse.
A Ben Botica penalty three minutes into stoppage time saw Montpellier record a 12-11 victory over La Rochelle.
Stade Francais edged past Castres 29-25 in an action-packed match at Stad Jean-Bounin.
Camille Lopez got Clermont off to the perfect possible start as they edged Montpellier in a closely fought battle.
Steffon Armitage has ended speculation over his club future by signing a three-year deal with Pau, effectively ending hope of an England recall.
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- PAU11thTRIES SCORED 1st Clermont Auvergne : 69 Tries ScoredCLER1st3569
- PAU11thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Clermont Auvergne : 265 Points DifferenceCLER1st-133265