Munster's slim hopes of reaching the Champions Cup quarter-finals were ended this evening as Glasgow Warriors routed Sale in AJ Bell Stadium.

In addition to beating Ospreys in Thomond Park on Sunday, Johann Van Graan's side needed at least three of Saracens, Gloucester, Glasgow and Northampton to trip up in their final pool games. 

However, Northampton's 36-24 win away to Lyon earlier on Saturday and Glasgow's handsome bonus point win away to Sale have conclusively ended their chances. 


It is only the fourth time since the turn of the century that Munster have failed to escape the pool phase - the previous occasions being 2010-11, 2014-15 and 2015-16. 

Ulster had earlier sealed their place in the quarter-finals with a 22-15 home win over Bath at Kingspan Stadium.

Dan McFarland's team are guaranteed to be seeded sixth heading into Sunday's scheduling, meaning they could potentially face any one of Exeter Chiefs, Racing 92, Toulouse or Clermont Auvergne depending on the remaining results over the weekend. One certainty is that they will be playing away from home. 

Leinster are already pencilled in as the top seeded team and will have to wait until tomorrow to learn their quarter-final opponents.