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Sherratt ready for formidable quarter-final challenge

21st January 2018

Matt Sherratt knows Cardiff Blues must be at their best to beat Edinburgh in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

Going into the final round of group stage fixtures, the Blues were already guaranteed a place in the last eight and had slim hopes of a home tie.

Wales’ Capital Region kept up their side of the bargain as they claimed a second consecutive win and a second French double thanks to their 21-18 triumph in Lyon.

But following the completion of other results it was confirmed that the Blues would be travelling to Edinburgh on the weekend of March 29 – April 1. 

Edinburgh claimed a 20-10 victory over Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park on the opening weekend of the Guinness PRO14 season and Sherratt expects another formidable challenge.

He said: "They're a very tough team, [head coach] Richard Cockerill's gone in with a number of new coaches and changed the culture there. 

"They're a much more difficult team to beat, very resilient defensively, so we'll have to be at our best to go there and stand a chance of winning.

"It's great going into February and March knowing you've got an exciting end to the season. We're fourth in our (Pro14) pool, so the next two or three league games will determine whether we make the Champions Cup next year.

"Then at the end of March we've got the excitement of a quarter-final, which is fantastic for the region.”

The exact details of Cardiff Blues quarter-final with Edinburgh are due to be confirmed this week with the encounter taking place at BT Murrayfield.

If triumphant, the Blues are guaranteed a home semi-final against the winner of Pau versus Stade Francais.