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State of Play: Three to go as play-off race heats up

First Team News | 28th March 2019

It's hard to believe that we're down to the final three games of the Guinness PRO14 regular campaign and the race for a top three finish is set to go down to the wire in Conference A.

Cardiff Blues head into the run-in as one of the in-form sides, with a streak of three consecutive victories in the Championship, but Connacht continue to edge the race for third spot on points difference, having secured a last gasp bonus point in their victory over Benetton Rugby last week.

Wales' Capital Region matched the Irish province to clinch a bonus point win of their own in Friday's derby against Scarlets, crossing for five first-half tries to ensure a statement result.

Meanwhile, Ospreys secured maximum points over Dragons to remain in-touch with the race, sitting eight points behind the leading pack.

Cardiff Blues' back-three have been firing over the past few weeks, with Owen Lane crossing for eight tries in seven outings, while Aled Summerhill has seven scores to his name in his last six appearances.

PRO14 action takes a break this week, as the European quarter-finals are held, but Cardiff Blues travel to Cork on Friday, April 5 to take on second-place Munster at Irish Independent Park.

The following week they take on Connacht in a crunch clash at Galway before the campaign comes to a close against Ospreys in a mouth-watering Judgement Day encounter on the final day of the Championship.

A third-placed finish would keep the Blues in the hunt for the Guinness PRO14 title, placing them in the quarter final, while it would also retain their spot in next season's Heineken Champions Cup.

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Remaining fixtures

Apr 5 - Munster v Cardiff Blues, Irish Independent Park (KO 7.35pm)

Apr 13 - Connacht v Cardiff Blues, Sportsground (KO 3.00pm)

Apr 27 - Cardiff Blues v Ospreys, Principality Stadium (KO 5.15pm)