ERCC: Scarlets v La Rochelle Preview

Rugby players forming a scrum

The first of this weekend's European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals sees the Scarlets host La Rochelle on Friday the 30th of March.

The Scarlets and La Rochelle will have the honour of getting the 2017/18 Champions Cup quarter-finals underway. The visitors come into this one as strong favourites but will need to be wary as La Rochelle are capable of turning over any opponent should they click.

Scarlets v La Rochelle
Friday 30 March
Parc Y Scarlets

To Win (80 Mins)
Scarlets 44/100
Draw 22/1
La Rochelle 37/20

The Scarlets have enjoyed a solid season to date and look set to claim a spot in the Pro 14 play-offs. It could be an even greater season for them should they bag a win over La Rochelle this Friday evening and claim a spot in the Champions Cup semi-finals.

This weekend's hosts enjoyed a solid round-robing phase Champions Cup run, topping Pool 5 with four wins from their six matches. This is quite the achievement considering they were grouped alongside reigning champions Saracens and a Bath outfit that has come on in leaps and bounds.

La Rochelle
Like the Scarlets, La Rochelle look set to qualify for the play-off phase of their domestic competition as they currently sit fifth on the Top 14 standings. They are in a much healthier position than they were a few weeks ago as a wretched start to the year saw them drop out of their Top 14 play-off berths for a few weeks.

La Rochelle managed the exact same number of wins as the Scarlets during the pool phase of the Champions Cup and ended in top of the pops in a pool that contained the London Wasps and Ulster.

The French outfit have won their last two domestic fixtures with their most recent win being last weekend's 31-20 home victory over the Bordeaux Begles.

Verdict: La Rochelle 37/20
La Rochelle have turned things around in recent weeks and I expect them to up their game further in Europe. They have a quality squad who are more than capable of turning over the Scarlets on Friday evening. 

Written by Darry Worthington for

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