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Stuart Davies column: Scarlets and Ospreys have little but pride to play for in Heineken Cup

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

The Ospreys entertain Northampton at the Liberty, looking to avenge their Franklin's Gardens hammering.

The Ospreys entertain Northampton at the Liberty, looking to avenge their Franklin's Gardens hammering.

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THE final rounds of the pool stages of Europe are upon us and unfortunately, the Ospreys and Scarlets are left with little but pride to play for.

The Ospreys may be saying all the right things about there still being hope of qualifying, but to be honest, that is bordering on the delusional. It is not going to happen.

The pool is so strong there is no way back for Steve Tandy's side, although the wonderful thing about the Heineken Cup is that Sunday's game against Northampton Saints at the Liberty is by no means a dead rubber.

The Ospreys will have plenty of motivation and feel they owe the Saints, who dismantled the Welsh side at Franklin's Gardens in October.

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It should be a great game. Saints have been in top form domestically, but the Ospreys are more than capable of winning.

As for the Scarlets, they will do well to halt their losing run against Racing Metro in Paris this evening.

Racing's mixed results this season have shown that money doesn't buy you everything, but it is still a tough ask for Simon Easterby's side, who have been unable to build on their stunning start against Harlequins in round one.

As for the Blues, if they can beat defending champions Toulon in Nice they are almost there.

The Arms Park side have punched well above their weight in Europe this season, but with their continuing injury problems and Toulon's galaxy of stars, I can't seem them returning with anything from their trip to the Cote d'Azur.

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