Saints to face Connacht in Franklin's Gardens play-off

Saints will face Connacht in a Champions Cup play-off at Franklin's Gardens next Saturday after Stade Francais beat Gloucester in the Challenge Cup final.

Friday, 12th May 2017, 11:21 pm
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 9:36 am
Saints will be back in action at the Gardens next weekend (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Had Gloucester won, they would have headed into the Champions Cup play-offs and hosted Connacht at Kingsholm.But they were beaten 25-17 in Edinburgh on Friday night, with Stade recovering from 10-0 down to claim Challenge Cup glory.That means Saints, who finished seventh in the Aviva Premiership, will now be the ones taking the play-off spot, with their game against the Irish side taking place at 4pm at theGardens.If Jim Mallinder's men can beat Connacht, they will host the winner of the other play-off, between Stade Francais and Cardiff Blues in Paris, at the Gardens on Friday, May 26 (kick-off 7.45pm).

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Details of tickets for the Connacht clash can be found on the Saints website: www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/news/latest-headlines/2017/may-2017/play-off-tickets-on-sale-now/Champions Cup play-offs...Friday, May 19: Play-off 2: Stade Français Paris v Cardiff Blues, Stade Jean BouinSaturday, May 20: Play-off 1: Saints v Connacht Rugby, Franklin's Gardens 4pmPlay-off final: Friday 26 May: Winner play-off 1 v winner play-off 2 (19.45)The winner of Play-off 1 will have home advantage