Blues through but the other Welsh sides will play to the final round

Challenge Cup

The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are reaching their final rounds.  In the Challenge Cup Cardiff Blues have secured a quarter final place.  They secured it at home to Toulouse. They have done exceptionally well to get through and even better to finish first. They were in a group with Sale Sharks, Lyon and of course, Toulouse. They have a chance to win their 5th out of 6 matches on Saturday.  The way they have dominated this group, Cardiff have a chance of winning their last group game. Can they finish the group stage in style? 

The Blues ensured a top place finish with their latest victory over Toulouse.

So what of the other Welsh sides playing this coming weekend?

The Dragons have the toughest challenge of all of the Welsh regions. They are 3rd in their Challenge Cup group, 5 points off 2nd place Bordeaux. The Dragons host Bordeaux on Saturday needing to score 4 tries and win by 11 points to go into 2nd place. Dragons won’t be confident however, after losing 36 – 28 in the reverse fixture. They also have to be mindful of the chance that just getting second place may not be enough. 3 out of 5 second places go through. Since the best amount of points they can get is 16, they may not progress even with a dramatic victory over Toulouse. Their hopes are looking very slim I’m afraid.

A double over Enissey STM has hugely benefited the Dragons in this year’s competition

Champions Cup

The Ospreys have performed amazingly in the Champions cup this season considering their poor form in the Pro 14. In a group containing Northampton, Clermont and Saracens, Ospreys were probably expected to be the whipping boys. However they have proven that is not the case. They picked up 2 losing bonus points against Clermont and Saracens, before thrashing Northampton twice, picking up 10 points in the process. Then they had a chance to go through, if they had beaten the Saracens at home in the 5th round, they would have progressed, knocking out the holders. But, interestingly, they drew and Clermont lost to the Saints, making the group a 3 horse race going into the last round. See the tables here.

An impressive draw against the Saracens saw the Ospreys stay in 2nd in the their group. Will they be their at the end of the group stage?

The Scarlets are in a strong position. They lead their group after making a poor start. They lost to Both Bath and Toulon in the first 2 games. But their Champions cup form turned after a double against Treviso, and a bonus point win away to Bath. With the performance they gave at Bath last weekend, the Scarlets look to be strong contenders in Europe’s most elite competition. However, to go through Scarlets realistically must beat Toulon at home on Saturday. But victory against the 3 time winners of the Heineken cup isn’t easy of course, as shown in their loss to them early on this season. Despite this, I think the Scarlets will coast through this match and top the group in style.

The Scarlets are beginning to hit the form they were in last season. What team can stop them now?

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