Teams ranked 1-4 are guranteed a home quarter-final. The quarter-final draw will take place next Monday (January 27).
The final pool standings are as follows:
1. LEINSTER 'A'
2. Leeds Carnegie
3. Cornish Pirates
4. Bristol Rugby
5. Plymouth Albion
6. MUNSTER 'A'
7. Rotherham Titans
9. London Scottish
10. London Welsh
11. Cross Keys
Note: The 2013/14 seeding process reflects a change from that used in previous seasons. Under previous formats, the six pool winners were ranked 1-6 and the runners up 7 & 8, resulting in the best placed runners-up being automatically seeded 7 & 8 despite the possibility of having a superior playing record to those seeded 1-6.
The rankings shall be determined in accordance with the following criteria and in the following order:
(a) competition points; or
(b) where the competiton points are equal between two or more teams, the team(s) that has achieved the greater number of wins; or
(c) where these are equal, the aggregate points difference from all matches in the pool stages for each of the teams that have an equal number of competition wins;
(d) or where these are equal, the team that has scored the greatest number of points in the pool stages; or
(e) where these are equal, the team that has the better result(s) from the match(es) between the teams; or
(f) where these are equal, the greater number of tries scored in the match(es) between the teams shall determine the rankings; or
(g) where the tries scored are equal, the aggregate points difference in the matches between the teams in the pool stages shall determine the rankings; or
(h) where the aggregate points difference is equal the fewest number of players shown a red card in the pool stages shall determine the rankings; or
(i) where the number of red cards are equal, the fewest number of player shown a yellow card shall determine the rankings; or
(j) where the number of red cards are equal, by the toss of a coin.