The Scarlets have suffered a heavy defeat away at Clermont in the Heineken Cup. They were beaten 32 points to 11 by the French giants. Simon Easterby's men will now welcome today's winners to Parc y Scarlets for the return fixture next weekend in Round 4 of the competition.
The Scarlets have just kicked off in their Heineken Cup tie at Clermont. Simon Easterby's men will be looking to extend their lead at the top of Pool 4 with a tough win in France.
The Ospreys suffered their third successive defeat in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup, as they lost 15-9 away at Castres.
The home side were reduced to 13 men in the closing stages, but the Ospreys were unable to capitalise on the advantage.
Cardiff Blues clinched an enthralling 29-20 against Glasgow Warriors at the Arms Park, to maintain their challenge for a place in the knock-out phase of the Heineken Cup.
Rhys Patchell scored the Welsh side's first try of the match, helping them build a 16-0 lead.
The visitors fought back, before an interception try from Alex Cuthbert in the 73rd minute sealed an important win for the Blues.
The Ospreys are putting in a much-needed performance away at Castres in the Heineken Cup. At half time the scores are level at 6-6.
The Ospreys will look to earn their first victory in this season's Heineken Cup this evening when they take on Castres away. The Pool 1 strugglers have lost both of their opening European fixtures at home to Leinster and more recently away at Northampton.
Meanwhile Cardiff Blues will also be hoping to lift themselves up from the bottom of Pool 2, when they welcome Glasgow to the Arms Park.
The Blues have enjoyed mixed fortunes in Europe so far, after a 44-29 defeat away at Exeter, before they clinched an historic 19-15 win at home to Heineken Cup holders Toulon.
The Welsh Rugby Union say they stand 'side by side' with unions in France, Ireland, Scotland and Italy in their intention to continue a full Heineken Cup competition next season.
In statement released late on Thursday evening they said:
"A European club competition is to take place during the 2014/2015 season following an optimised sporting and economic format with 20 teams, no matter how many countries are involved.
"The competition will be driven by the existing organisation (currently named ERC) which will remain in charge of the centralised sale and management of all commercial rights, amongst other things.
"Discussions over governance will be pursued in order to optimise the internal functioning of the existing organisation (currently named ERC).
"The common aim is to move eventually towards the integration of European competitions within an all-encompassing European rugby framework."
The plans though are in direct conflict with the intentions of the umbrella body representing the four Welsh regions, Regional Rugby Wales, who last month made public their desire to join the proposed alternative to the ERC run Heineken Cup, the Rugby Champions Cup.
That competition is also in the sights of English and French clubs who have previously said they will take no part in a continuation of the Heineken which they see as containing unfair distribution of money and unbalanced qualification criteria.
Regional Rugby Wales have made no comment on the matter and there is no indication from the union's joint statement as to which clubs or regions will be taking part.
The four Welsh rugby regions have given their full support to the formation of the Rugby Champions Cup, the proposed replacement of the premier European rugby competition the Heineken Cup.
The future of the European competitions has been cast into doubt after English and French clubs opted to breakaway from the ERC run Heineken and Amlin Cups in favour of a new format with what they believe are fairer distributions of prize money and qualification criteria.
One of the main areas of contention has been the how teams from the Welsh, Irish and Scottish Rabo Direct Pro 12 qualify for Europe given that the Pro 12 has no fear of relegation, unlike in the English Premiership and French Top 14.
All four Welsh rugby regions have given their support to a breakaway Anglo-French competition. Key to the debate surrounding the decision are European fixtures.
The English and French clubs believe Celtic sides an unfair advantage by being able to rest their first choice players ahead of European fixtures without fear of slipping out of their respective top divisions.
ERC, the organising body of the current European set-up are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation, but the likelihood of finding common ground now appears highly unlikely given the Welsh sides' support for a breakaway.
Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) on behalf of the four Welsh Regions confirms its full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup Competitions.
Whilst there remain elements of detail to be confirmed, it is now clear that there are a number of significant advantages to the new competitions in equality of governance, format, qualification and distribution across the individual participating Clubs.
– Regional Rugby Wales
Consequently, RRW looks forward to working with the WRU to support their efforts and positive engagement in striving to ensure our teams are involved in strong, valuable European Clubs Competitions in time for next season.
Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby said he was "delighted" after the Scarlets won away at Harlequins in the Heineken Cup - but they now need to follow this victory with another next weekend.
Rhodri, Scott and Jordan Williams all scored brilliant tries, and Rhys Priestland kicked 18 points, on the way to a 33-26 win at the Twickenham Stoop.
"I'm delighted with the way we went about our business," Easterby said.
"It's vital that you win your home games in the Heineken Cup and if you can get points on the road then that's a big advantage."
"But this won't mean anything we don't get a result at home nest weekend. This was a big performance but we have to keep our feet on the ground."
Racing Metro - now featuring Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts - travel to the Parc y Scarlets next Saturday.
Fellow French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne - who were runners up in last season's Heineken Cup - are the final side in Pool 4.