Leinster and Racing 92 dominate the shortlist for the EPCR European Player of the Year after both sides booked their places in the Champions Cup final.
Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Racing 92 scored three tries in the opening 22 minutes to stun Munster and set up a 27-22 victory that secured their place in the Champions Cup final.
Donnacha Ryan faces his former Munster teammates with Racing on Sunday but he won't let sentimentality get in the way of his side's quest for a first Champions Cup title.
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.
It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.
Following a thrilling weekend of knockout European rugby we have a much clearer idea who will lift the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Dan Carter came off the bench to play a vital role in the two second-half Racing tries that sealed a 28-17 Champions Cup quarterfinal win at Clermont.
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.
After a weekend of rugby that required all your fingers, toes and a calculator, the quarterfinal line-ups in both the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup have been finalised.
Holders Saracens will face top seeds Leinster in a mouthwatering European Champions Cup quarterfinal.
Leicester regained some pride after a poor European Champions Cup campaign by pushing Racing 92 all the way before going down 23-20 in their final pool game.
An immense kicking display by Racing 92 skipper Maxime Machenaud, including two penalties in the closing four minutes, snatched victory from Munster to leave Pool 4 in the Champions Cup wide open.
South African Super Rugby side the Sharks have announced a warm-up fixture against French Top 14 side Racing 92 in Hong Kong on February 3.
Racing 92 kept alive their European Champions Cup quarterfinal hopes by claiming a comfortable Pool Four victory over Castres in Paris.
Benjamin Urdapilleta's late penalty saw Castres edge past Racing 92 with a 16-13 win in Champions Cup Pool Four.
European club rugby is back with another stacked fixture list. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
All Blacks legend Dan Carter has confirmed he will leave Racing 92 to join Japanese side Kobe Steelers at the end of the season.
Racing 92 have confirmed that Ronan O'Gara will leave his coaching role at the club to join Super Rugby outfit Crusaders at the start of next year.
Tom May does not believe that any of league leading Montpellier's players caught the eye in rounds nine and 10 of the Top 14, but who did impress the former Toulon centre?
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season after being offered a bumper deal by another club.
Conor Murray's 60th-minute charge-down try set Munster on their way to a gritty 14-7 European Champions Cup win over Racing 92 at Thomond Park.
European club rugby is back for the second weekend in a row with another stacked fixture list. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
Leicester will leave Paris frustrated after failing to convert several try-scoring chances as the brilliance of Leone Nakarawa was enough to give Racing 92 a 22-18 win in the Champions Cup.
- RAMET17thTRIES SCORED 1st Saracens : 24 Tries ScoredSARAC1st1424
- RAMET10thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Leinster : 83 Points DifferenceLEINS1st2383