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Cardiff Blues secured a place in the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup against Newport Gwent Dragons with a gritty away win in France on Saturday.

Newport Gwent Dragons beat Stade Francais at Rodney Parade on Saturday to claim a home draw in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals and with results panning out as they did they now face a huge Welsh derby clash with their local rivals Cardiff Blues.

The Ospreys gave chances to a number of their less experienced squad members and they narrowly missed on a win to cap off their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign in Italy.

Down West the Scarlets went down fighting as injuries took their toll and they lost out to current European champions Toulon despite a hugely committed Champions Cup performance.

Grenoble 3 – Cardiff Blues 28

Cardiff Blues claimed their place in the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup and posted a great away win on Saturday when they battered their way past Grenoble in the South East of France.

Tries for the Blues came from Lloyd Williams and Josh Navidi, while they also scored two penalty tries in the bitterly cold conditions. They also added three Gareth Anscombe conversions and one from Gareth Davies to see them home with plenty to spare in the bonus point win.

After narrowly missing out on taking top spot in Pool 1 the Blues now face a massive East Wales derby in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals against local rivals Newport Gwent Dragons in early April.

Newport Gwent Dragons 30 – Stade Francais 19

A convincing home win at Rodney Parade on Saturday was enough for Newport Gwent Dragons to claim a home fixture in the quarter-finals of the Challenge cup.

The impressive win for the Men Of Gwent was the second time this season they had beaten Stade Francais in the Challenge Cup, a result which marked the only time in history the French club have lost twice to the same team in the group stages in a European campaign.

The Dragons crashed over for tries from Elliot Dee and James Thomas, while Tom Prydie chipped in with five successful penalties and a conversion, and Geraint Rhys Jones also added a conversion.

Their prize for topping Pool 3 is a mouth-watering winner takes all clash against the Blues, which is a well-deserved fillip for both teams after their impressive European campaigns.

Benetton Treviso 23 – Ospreys 20

The Ospreys were denied a final win of their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign when their hosts scored a last-minute penalty try to secure victory in Italy on Saturday.

The Ospreys handed starts to a number of their less experienced squad players for this fixture and despite this they almost came away with a win. They scored tries through the tireless James King and wings Eli Walker and Richard Fussell, and Sam Davies scored five points with the boot.

But the Italians pinched a late win and the Ospreys now shift their main focus back to the Guinness PRO12 as they aim to cement their place at the top of the table and secure a home play-off spot as soon as possible.

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Scarlets 3 – Toulon 26

The Scarlets battled hard until the very end as they went down bravely against current European champions Toulon in the Champions Cup at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday.

Despite building plenty of pressure and mounting wave after wave of attack against their star studded French opponents the Scarlets were unable to breakdown Toulon.

A Stephen Shingler penalty was all the Scarlets could manage to show for their endeavour as the visitors scored two tries, a drop goal and thirteen points from the trusty right boot of Leigh Halfpenny.

Like the Ospreys the Scarlets will now be focussing their efforts on the Guinness PRO12 for the rest of the season as they aim to secure a play-off spot and a place in next season’s Champions Cup competition.

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Next Home Fixtures

Get your tickets now for the next Scarlets home match against London Irish in the LV= Cup at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday 31st January (6.30pm kick off): http://www.scarlets.co.uk/eng/fans/tickets/index.php

Get your tickets now for the next Newport Gwent Dragons home game versus Exeter Chiefs in the LV= Cup at Rodney Parade on Sunday 1st February (2.30pm kick off): http://www.newportgwentdragons.com/Tickets