Lamont - Toulon game is huge
Sean Lamont has hailed Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Toulon as an "absolutely massive game" for Scarlets.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 09/04/10 8:13am
Scotland international Sean Lamont has hailed Saturday's Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Toulon as an "absolutely massive game" for Scarlets.
The Llanelli-based side are currently fighting for Heineken Cup qualification for next season, but if neither Scarlets nor Cardiff Blues win the second-tier Challenge Cup then Wales will have just three Heineken Cup representatives next term.
Those three sides will be decided on Magners League finishing positions, with the Scarlets the worst placed of the Welsh clubs - eight points adrift of Cardiff Blues, 10 behind Newport Gwent Dragons and 14 lower than the Ospreys.
The Scarlets have just three league fixtures remaining, which piles on the pressure as they prepare to go up against Jonny Wilkinson and his team-mates at the Stade Felix-Mayol.
"It is not an exaggeration to say this is an absolutely massive game for us," said wing Lamont.
"The match is a fantastic chance to try to go on and win some silverware, and there is automatic Heineken Cup qualification waiting for the eventual Amlin Challenge Cup winner.
"It provides one of the ways of getting into next season's Heineken Cup, and that has to be a huge incentive for all the quarter-finalists."
This season's innovation of three Heineken Cup pool runners-up entering the Challenge Cup knockout phase has proved beneficial for the Scarlets, who join the Blues and Gloucester in the quarter-finals.
But all three sides face tough away games, with Gloucester set to face Premiership rivals Wasps and Blues travelling to Newcastle, while the other quarter-final sees Connacht host French side Bourgoin.