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7 years 3 months ago #29949

Yeah, there was a reference to it on Wikipedia but someone removed it last week. I can see their point I suppose, now that I read it, the statement that EPCR released is fairly clear that playoff qualification is by league position: www.epcrugby.com/news/28940.php
At the time we were more concerned about the fact that one of the Pro12 spots was gone, that it didn't really register.
The way things are shaping up, it would actually be more likely that Connacht would be denied a playoff spot by a Challenge Cup winner than v.v., so it might be for the best.
I'd be happier if it was stated more clearly on the site in the Qualification section .

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7 years 3 months ago #29951

So a 7th or 8th position would see us through to a play off semi-final as it were and then a fixture at home v 7th placed French team - last season that was Stade Francais. Interesting - if a wee bit convoluted

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7 years 3 months ago #29953

Droptheclaw wrote: So a 7th or 8th position would see us through to a play off semi-final as it were and then a fixture at home v 7th placed French team - last season that was Stade Francais. Interesting - if a wee bit convoluted

Yeah basically the highest Pro12 team not already qualified gets into the playoff. To be honest I suspect they don't even know themselves whether the Challenge Cup winners get in! There could be another announcement next week ...

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7 years 3 months ago #29955

Ha, you're not wrong there Pinky - the way it's been going the criteria will be reliant on a gibbous moon and Punxsutawney Pat making an appearance on Groundhog Day....

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7 years 3 months ago #29956

Droptheclaw wrote: Ha, you're not wrong there Pinky - the way it's been going the criteria will be reliant on a gibbous moon and Punxsutawney Pat making an appearance on Groundhog Day....


I thought they were simplifying the criteria to nett worth of millionaire billionaire owner for next year?

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7 years 2 months ago #30075

7-3 to La Rochelle v Bayonne after 15 minutes.

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7 years 2 months ago #30078

18-6 to La Rochelle with 20 left.

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7 years 2 months ago #30079

25-6 7 minutes left. La Rochelle have 3 tries on the board now.

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7 years 2 months ago #30080

F-T No BP for either side, very good result

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7 years 2 months ago #30081

Nice win for Zebre away to Brive also.

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7 years 2 months ago #30086

Delighted for Zebre

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7 years 2 months ago #30111

Scarlets beat the Tigers! Don't know if it will make a difference but at least it gives Ulster a slim chance of getting out of the group now. Still all to do.


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7 years 2 months ago #30116

connachtexile wrote: Scarlets beat the Tigers! Don't know if it will make a difference but at least it gives Ulster a slim chance of getting out of the group now. Still all to do.


I find it almost impossible to see a way back for Ulster now. After the Glasgow game a couple of weeks back there was high hopes for them in Europe but they didn't deliver at Leicester. Leicester are still Leicester but if Ulster were hoping to progress it was one they needed to win really.

Scarlets winning here keeps them involved in the competition and makes the double header difficult. Even if Ulster were to get 9 points from those 2 games its impossible to see them winning in Toulon. With no dropdown to the challenge cup, winning the league is the only thing Ulster can hope to achieve this season.

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7 years 2 months ago #30117

What's the story with the very limited live airing of challenge cup compared to last season, if not mistaken, sky practically showed all/most games.....

This along with the winner not getting a direct place in champions cup....and the champions cup group 2nd placers not coming down to the challenge for the quarter finals alas last year which added glamour to it in a way....

Will the challenge cup be there in 2years? Or at the very least financially viable?

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7 years 2 months ago #30119

N17 wrote: What's the story with the very limited live airing of challenge cup compared to last season, if not mistaken, sky practically showed all/most games.....

This along with the winner not getting a direct place in champions cup....and the champions cup group 2nd placers not coming down to the challenge for the quarter finals alas last year which added glamour to it in a way....

Will the challenge cup be there in 2years? Or at the very least financially viable?


I think that's a very good point. I really believe they have shot themselves in the foot by not offering a place in the European Cup for the winners or at the very least a place in a play off for the winners. It would be a big incentive for most sides in the competition who would be struggling to get their via the league.

Even with the games that are being televised, Gloucester - Brive and London Welsh - Bordeaux-Begles were one sided games.

Is it going to move to a European Super League style competition, where there is the big 20 and two fingers to the rest of us? Also this new governing body promised a shield competition for the other countries when they came in which hasn't come to fruition as far as I know.

Its disappointing as I always believed the Challenge Cup is a good springboard competition. The teams dropping down can be a good or bad thing, I believe when it gets to the knock out stages the competition hots up but really most of the French teams don't give a toss or best case scenario they do at home but not away and I don't blame them. They have a 26 game league season and it's a tough road to avoid relegation which for every reason has to be their primary concern, why put any effort into winning this competition which offers you very little in return?

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5 years 3 months ago #48955

In all the excitement I nearly forgot the European Rugby weekend starts now as Paris visit the Stoop.
Looks like strong enough teams out, which is almost surprising given the winner has now been downgraded to a Champions Cup playoff spot again.
Hopefully a decent game to whet the appetite.

EDIT: No, this is not shaping up to be a classic.

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