La Rochelle

Rugby U


To the teams: Scarlets: Halfpenny, Asquith, Williams, Parkes, S Evans, Patchell, G Davies, R Evans, Owens (c), Lee, Beirne, Bulbring, Shingler, J Davies, Barclay La Rochelle: Bouldoire, Rattez, Retiere, Aguillion, Barry, Sinzelle, Bales, Priso, Bourgarit, Atonio, Sazy (c), Tanguy, Botia, Kieft, Amosa


Hello everyone. It is one of the best weekends of the rugby season. European quarter final weekend kicks off with Scarlets v La Rochelle in the Champions Cup. Rob Sutton here to guide you through one of the standout ties.

Few would have expected Scarlets to qualify for the quarter finals let alone get a home tie when they lost their first two games. La Rochelle flew out of the blocks winning their first three matches with a bonus point, away defeats to Wasps and Ulster meant they were sweating in Round 6 but a win over Harlequins secured progress to the quarter finals.

Scarlets are in their first European quarter final since 2007. At their old home, Stradey Park, they defeated Munster 11 years ago today. They would lose to Leicester in the semi finals. La Rochelle are tournament debutants but did reach the semi finals in the Challenge Cup last season, winning away at this stage.

So this is the first tie of the weekend. The winner here will face the winner of Sunday's huge showdown between Leinster and Saracens. On the other side of the draw, there is an all-French affair as Clermont host Racing 92 while Toulon have a daunting trip to Munster.

Parc y Scarlets has had extra seats put in to cope with demand. A wonderful atmosphere being created by both sets of supporters. A good number have made the journey from France.

Off go an enormous number of fireworks and here come the teams.

Luke Pearce our referee. La Rochelle in their change strip of black, Scarlets in red as ever. Away we go

1- Williams with a nice line takes Scarlets over the halfway line. Lee carries as well.

2- Good line speed from La Rochelle forces an error from Asquith and Scarlets are forced to kick away.