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On Saturday (16 January) the Ospreys fought back from a half-time deficit to win against Clermont Auvergne and go top of their group in the European Champions Cup (the replacement to the Heineken Cup). In the revamped European club competition, only two Welsh regions are competing this season, and the Scarlets are languishing at the  bottom of their group.

The second half saw the Ospreys shut out Clermont Auvergne, scoring 15 unanswered points. They had gone into half time 13-6 down, but in a remarkable second half turnaround they managed to stop Clermont Auvergne in their tracks and score 15 points to make them comfortable winners.

What is even more remarkable is that those 15 unanswered points did not come from Dan Biggar, who has grown in the last 2 seasons to become one of the most accomplished outside halves in world rugby. Rather, after he hobbled off with a dead leg, the points were made by replacement Sam Davies.

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In the European Champions Cup, the Ospreys fought back from a 6-13 half-time deficit to win 21-13

There now remains one game in the group stages, on the 24th of January the Ospreys will take on Exeter away. If they win that game they will qualify for the knockout stages of the European rugby competition for the first time in 6 seasons. With the 6 Nations on the horizon, this will be a welcome boost to the confidence of the numerous players who are also in the Wales national squad.

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It was a mixed weekend for the two Welsh regions taking part in the European Champions Cup, the revamped Heineken Cup. On Sunday the Scarlets beat Ulster 22-13 to move up to 2nd in their group, but on Saturday the Ospreys lost 18-14 away to Racing Metro, which makes their chances of qualifying from the group stages very remote indeed.



The Ospreys lost 18-14 to Racing Metro on Saturday, after drawing with them at home the weekend before.

The Ospreys lost 18-14 to Racing Metro on Saturday, after drawing with them at home the weekend before.



Although the Ospreys very much got the better of the second half, they left themselves too much to do after a poor first half display saw them going into the break with the score at 15-0. The most successful Welsh region over the years in the Pro-12 competition seems to still be unable to make much of a dent in the European competition.

With the Scarlets beating Ulster over the weekend, they leave themselves with an outside chance of still qualifying from their group, although they are still a long way behind Toulon and are on the same number of points as Leicester. Realistically, the best they can hope for is to come second in the group and hope to qualify as one of the best second placed teams.



The tables in the European Championship Cup after this weekend. The Ospreys are in group xx, and the Scarlets are in group xx.

The tables in the European Champions Cup after this weekend. The Ospreys are in pool 5, and the Scarlets are in pool 3.



The next fixtures in the Champions Cup are not for several weeks, on Saturday the 17th of January. The Ospreys play Northampton at home, to whom they lost badly in the away fixture a few weeks ago, and the Scarlets have an away match at Leicester. The group stages will wrap up the following weekend with the Ospreys playing Treviso away, and the Scarlets playing last year’s champions Toulon at home. Assuming the Scarlets lose to Toulon, their chances of qualifying for the next round may come down to securing a win away at Leicester, not an easy task by any means.



The remaining group fixtures in the European Champions Cup are on Saturday the 17th and Saturday the 24th of January.

The remaining group fixtures in the European Champions Cup are on Saturday the 17th and Saturday the 24th of January.



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After winning all of their previous games this season, the Ospreys went down to a heavy defeat on Saturday to Northampton. Ironically it was Welshman George North who ensured the size of the loss, he ran in four tries to given his Northampton side a 34-6 win. With such a heavy defeat, one has to ask whether this was because the Ospreys were having an off day, or is this indicative of the gulf between their previous opposition and Northampton? Maybe it’s a bit of both?



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Chelsea, on the other hand, have hung on to their unbeaten record. They came within a hair’s breadth of winning, Man United scored their equaliser 6 minutes into added time. Although I’m sure Chelsea are disappointed to have let in an equaliser so late in the game, the main thing is that they are still unbeaten. It leaves them four points clear at the top of the Premiership, but with Man City losing over the weekend the surprise is that Southampton are now in 2nd place.



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Chelsea recorded a record 6-0 win in the Champions League in mid-week, so it is certainly fair to say that their season thus far is going just about as well as any fan could wish for.

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