The race for Europe explained

Saturday’s bonus point win over Leinster at the Liberty Stadium means that the Ospreys are now firmly in contention for a Champions Cup spot next season – here’s the lowdown on what is needed….

With five wins from the last six Guinness PRO14 games, the Ospreys have moved above Connacht to fifth place in Conference A and, with three rounds of the regular season (plus one rearranged away day versus Zebre), there’s everything to play for.


European Qualification – In a nutshell

Seven teams qualify for the Champions Cup from the PRO14. South Africans sides cannot qualify.

The three highest placed European teams in each Conference qualify automatically for the Champions Cup and South African teams should be removed from the equation.

The fourth highest placed European team in each Conference play-off for the last place with the best performing team having home advantage.


As it stands

If the season was to end today, then Glasgow, Munster and Cardiff Blues qualify automatically from Conference A (remember, Cheetahs are ineligible) with Leinster, Scarlets and Edinburgh qualifying from Conference B.

The Ospreys in fifth place in Conference A will travel to Kingspan Stadium to face Ulster from Conference B in the Play-off, although Connacht are just one point behind the Ospreys and, in the other Conference, Benetton Rugby also trail Ulster by a solitary point.

Can the Ospreys still claim automatic qualification?

To progress automatically the Ospreys will need to finish as the third best European team, a position currently held by Cardiff Blues who are 12 points clear of the Ospreys who have a game in hand. The final game of the regular season is a Welsh derby between the two sides at Principality Stadium on Judgment Day.

To Play

Round 19 – 6/7 Apr 

Edinburgh v Ulster

Ospreys v Connacht

Leinster v Zebre

Toyota Cheetahs v Cardiff Blues

Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors

Benetton v Dragons

Southern Kings v Munster


Round 20 – 13/14 Apr

Glasgow Warriors v Connacht

Toyota Cheetahs v Munster

Ulster v Ospreys

Edinburgh v Scarlets

Zebre v Dragons

Leinster v Benetton

Southern Kings v Cardiff Blues


Round 17 Rearranged – 20/21 Apr

Ulster v Glasgow Warriors

Zebre v Ospreys


Round 21 – 27/28 Apr

Benetton v Zebre

Connacht v Leinster

Munster v Ulster

Southern Kings v Toyota Cheetahs

Dragons v Scarlets

Cardlff Blues v Ospreys

Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors