As the fourth round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup came to a conclusion, Clermont Auvergne remains the only team to remain unbeaten as they seal a place in the next round.
Clermont extended their domination and are the team with the highest points in the competition as they came up with a seven-try performance to trounce Dragons 49-24 to maintain their top position but Northampton still have an outside chance to surpass them with their game against Timisoara Saracens postponed. The Premiership side have two wins from three games and would be fancying their chances in the next round when they face Clermont. Dragons and Timisoara Saracens are out of contention with five and null points respectively, as seen in the dutching calculator.
Worcester Warriors did no harm to their reputation as they defeated Pau 23-7 to reclaim the top place in the table going past Ospreys, who lost to Stade Francais 12-3. It was also the first win for the French side in this season's edition but with Warriors at 13, Ospreys at 11 and Pau at five points the next round will prove pivotal in deciding the qualification for the knock-out.
Sale Sharks had a slip up as they faced their first defeat in the competition when they were edged out 14-17 by Bordeaux Begles at home and it came up at a time when they could have raced to 20 points from four games. Nevertheless, they still control their own fate and next round's game against second place Connact might be decisive in deciding the table toppers. Bordeaux and Perpignan occupy the final two places with six and two points respectively.
Bristol's win over La Rochelle and Zebre's 58-14 trouncing over RC Enisei have nicely opened up the table. The result means despite the French side holding on to their top place with 15 points, Zebre and Bristol are at striking distance of 14 and 11 points respectively. Bristol will be fancying their chances even further as they have back to back games against bottom placed RC Enisei, who are yet to win a single game.
The most happening group of this year's edition with all four teams having a chance to claim the top place in the group. Harlequins with a 20-9 win over Benetton managed to reach the top place with 11 points. However, Agen's 14-10 win over Grenoble meant the first and the last teams are being separated by just two points and the tables could turn completely around in the final two rounds.