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European Challenge Cup permutations

17/01/2020

Dragons face Enisei-STM in our final European Challenge Cup Pool One match at Rodney Parade tonight (kick-off 8.00pm) – and with Worcester hosting Castres at Sixways at the same time - there are many potential qualifying permutations on the night!

In the most closely fought (group) of the five pools, three of the four teams could still top the pool and two are likely to progress into the last eight going into Round 6 this evening.

The pool winner will be guaranteed to progress while the top three runners-up from the five pools - calculated on match points - will also progress to the knockout stages.

Castres are currently top of Pool One with 18 points followed by Dragons and Worcester with 15 points each.

Anything less than victory and the Dragons will again miss out on a quarter-final spot, but a bonus point win over Enisei at Rodney Parade will take us to 20 points.

That will put us through – as long as Worcester and Castres do not play out a result where Worcester win with a try bonus point and Castres claim two bonus points.

Should that happen and Dragons, Castres and Worcester all finish on 20 points, Castres and Worcester would progress by virtue of their points record in the head-to-head meetings between the three clubs.

If Dragons were to win on Friday night, but not secure a try bonus point and finish as runners-up on 19 points, we will have to wait until all results all complete on Saturday to see if we qualify.

Scarlets clash with London Irish, Edinburgh’s home fixture against Agen and Pau’s home game against already qualified Leicester Tigers will decide whether 19 points is sufficient to progress to the knockout stages.

Tickets remain on sale NOW from the Ticket Office on 01633 674990 at Rodney Parade and online by clicking HERE

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