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Challenge Cup Rugby


By Steve Matthews
January 12 2017

This weekend sees what some may view as a welcome break from the recent disappointments of the Pro 12, with a trip to Pau in the Euro Challenge Cup.  The best of luck to the team and travelling support, who apparently have been boosted by clothing reinforcements brought over by Cardiff Blues' CEO Richard Holland.

Bon Chance to all over in Pau for this weekend. 

Lets keep Hopes alive for progress. 

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Challenge Cup Rugby
1876 Cardiff Rugby (IP Logged)
12/01/2017 20:44
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Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Yup (IP Logged)
12/01/2017 22:06
Being reported that domachowski will start, Gill and Thyer both undergoing hia. Piekrishvilli covering on bench. Ellis jenkins and scully also unavailable. Squad really being stretched thin!!!!

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
cardiffblues1 (IP Logged)
13/01/2017 08:57
Scully going to his grandmother's funeral I guess

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Yup (IP Logged)
13/01/2017 16:38
Got a lot of time for Scully, Decent player and totally unselfish for playing last weekend under those circumstances and playing well. Hope he stays on next season.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
cardiffblues1 (IP Logged)
14/01/2017 11:29
Yes he is a really reliable player. Top guy always gives you a shift.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Ben Blair's Right Peg (IP Logged)
14/01/2017 13:56
Unavailable List:

Lewis Jones
Dan Fish
Aled Summerhill
Gethin Jenkins
Gareth Anscombe
Josh Turnbull
Ethan Lewis
Dillon Lewis
Tom James
Nick Williams
George Earle
Rhys Gill
Brad Thyer
Kristian Dacey
Ellis Jenkins
Rey Lee-Lo
Blaine Scully

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Ben Blair's Right Peg (IP Logged)
14/01/2017 14:00
Challenge Cup is certainly a welcome break!

13 first team players injured!!! Hopefully they can recover over the break in time for the very important run into the end of the season.

Lee-lo never gets injured!

Be very interesting to see if we get success from Robinson-Shingler pivot...its something I've thought about recently, should give Shingler more time to think about whether to kick and hopefully allow Halaholo to be very creative outside.

Interesting that Corey Allen has be preferred over Cuthbert on the wing!

Im not expecting us to win this game at all.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
cardiffblues1 (IP Logged)
14/01/2017 17:12
Very strange decision on Cuthbert I can only think either he hasn't trained this week or he is still nursing his groin problem. With the best will in the world Cuthy is a better winger than Corey.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Selgwent (IP Logged)
14/01/2017 19:17
Yabbadabbadoo!
Well done boys.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Canton Blue (IP Logged)
15/01/2017 22:27
Please feel free to correct me (it's Sunday night, I'm tired and have had a glass or two of red, but if we win next week we will qualify, probably as third best runner up, and if so our most likely hosts for the quarter finals will be our old friends at the Liberty...

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
BluesMikel (IP Logged)
16/01/2017 07:10
I believe it all hinges on the Stade vs Quin's game.
Quin's win they we're 8th seeds, Stade win we're 7th seeds against La Rochelle

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Cardiffblues1 (IP Logged)
16/01/2017 09:07
Depends if Gloucester win as they could top that group and not La Rochelle. If Quins lose to Stade there is also a chance 7th seeds could have a trip to Edinburgh.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Selgwent (IP Logged)
16/01/2017 22:33
2.3 The five pool winners and three best-placed runners-up will qualify for the quarter-finals and will be decided as follows:
(a) The pool winner will be the club with the highest number of match points in each pool. The best-placed runners-up will be the three clubs with the highest number of match points out of the five clubs that finish second in their respective pools. For the quarter-finals, the pool winners will be ranked 1 to 5 and the best-placed runners-up 6 and 8 by reference to the number of match points earned.
(b) If two clubs in the same pool are equal on match points at the end of the pool stage, their ranking will be determined by the results of the two matches played between the relevant clubs as follows:
(i) the club with the greater number of match points from those matches; or
(ii) if equal, the club with the best aggregate points difference from those matches: or
(iii) if equal, the club that scored the most tries in those matches.

2.4 The clubs ranked 1 to 4 will have home advantage for the quarter-finals as follows:

Club 1 v Club 8 (QF1)
Club 4 v Club 5 (QF2)
Club 3 v Club 6 (QF3)
Club 2 v Club 7 (QF4)

Unless Pau beat Bath, in Bath, the best we can do is second.
Brieve should beat the Dregs, meaning we go thru anyway.
Rochelle should beat Treviso to get 23 points.
Quins v Stade is key. And they play the day after everyone else, so they'll know what they have to do!!! And Stade still have to play Taramasalata.
With the Tosspreys already on 25 points and a visit to Newcastle (who cannot qualify) to come, yes, we are likely to be away to them.
Quins win and we will probably scrape through in 8th place. Quins lose but keep Stade to just 4 points, and we could make 7th ~ Likely Edinburgh or Glaws away.
Oh lucky us.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
Ben Blair's Right Peg (IP Logged)
16/01/2017 23:13
I'm saying it now to prepare for the pain...

Ospreys away in Europe is going to be a dark day

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
cardiff_steve (IP Logged)
17/01/2017 14:25
If we can get Nick Williams, Earle and Anscombe fit and available more often than not between now and the end of the season....


....I think we can still shock a few people. Maybe go on a nice little run like at the end of last season.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
BluesMikel (IP Logged)
17/01/2017 18:19
Earle is banned from the "incident" at the Bath away game. Available from the Treviso game

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
cardiffblues1 (IP Logged)
18/01/2017 10:28
The knock out games are not until April so plenty of time to get all our boys back and firing. We have enough to beat Bristol. ( hopefully) When we are fully loaded we will cause a few teams problems as we did in September.
By April as long as we don't pick up new injuries we will only be missing Turnbull & Fish as all the others will be back.

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
ExiledBlue (IP Logged)
18/01/2017 15:38
If we have all our boys back by April we can give the Ospreys a real run for the money, we will be under dogs for sure but with our strongest team we can give any ago imo

Jenkins Dacey Perkishvili
Earle Down
Turnball Warburton
N. Williams
Williams
Anscombe
Halaholo
Lee-Lo
James Scully
Fish
Myhill, Gill, D. Lewis, Cook, Navidi, Williams, Shingler, Morgan

 
Re: Challenge Cup Rugby
cardiffblues1 (IP Logged)
18/01/2017 16:27
Both Turnbull and Fish are out for the season. The others will all make it back. Anscombe is actually fit for Saturday v Bristol.

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