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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 12th Jan 2014
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
- Att: 8,347
Heineken Cup Pool 1: Ospreys v Northampton match preview
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Northampton head to Wales knowing that anything less than maximum points against Ospreys will end their already faint hopes of progress in this year's Heineken Cup.
The Saints restored some pride, and kept their European campaign alive, with a superb victory on Leinster's home patch last time out, but a thumping defeat by the Irish outfit in the reverse fixture and a loss away at Castres look to have left them with too much to do to reach the knockout stages.
Jim Mallinder's men must secure a bonus-point win at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday and do the same again when they host a disinterested Castres in the final round.
But even then they will be relying on a slip-up from Leinster, who lead Pool 1 by four points, while, as things stand, three teams - the Blues, Saracens and Leicester - are better placed to qualify as a best runners-up.
Pride is all that basement boys Ospreys have to play for with just a solitary victory against Castres to show for their four outings thus far.
Fly-half Dan Biggar lines up alongside Rhys Webb behind a strong looking pack, despite the fact that tighthead Adam Jones must make do with a place on the replacements bench.
"Sunday is going to be a massive game," said head coach Steve Tandy.
"There's a big, typically English team, who are flying high in the league and Europe, coming to the Liberty and both teams need the win, so it's going to be explosive and physical. I'm sure it'll be a great contest."
Northampton, meanwhile, go for a former Osprey in Kahn Fotuali'i at scrum-time ahead of England's Lee Dickson.
Dylan Hartley captains the side while George North is on the left wing and will go up against Canadian international Jeff Hassler at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
Ospreys: 15 Fussell, 14 Hassler, 13 Isaacs, 12 Beck, 11 Natoga, 10 Biggar, 9 Webb; 1 Bevington, 2 Hibbard, 3 Jarvis, 4 Jones (capt), 5 Evans, , 6 Lewis, 7 Tipuric, 8 Bearman.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Jones, 18 Jones, 19 King, 20 Allen, 21 Habberfield, 22 Davies, 23 Spratt.
Northampton: 15 Collins, 14 Elliott, 13 Pisi, 12 Burrell, 11 North, 10 Myler, 9 Fotuali'I; 1 Waller, 2 Hartley (capt), 3 Ma'afu, 4 Lawes, 5 Day, 6 Clark, 7 Wood, 8 Manoa.
Replacements: 16 Haywood, 17 Waller, 18 Mercey, 19 Dickinson, 20 Dowson, 21 Dickson, 22 Dickson, 23 Autagavaia
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|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Sunday 25th January|
|European Rugby Champions Cup|
|Munster 65 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Clermont Auvergne 18 - 6 Saracens|
|Bath 20 - 15 Glasgow|
|Montpellier 27 - 26 Toulouse|
|Saturday 24th January|
|Scarlets 3 - 26 Toulon|
|Ulster 26 - 7 Leicester|
|Northampton 8 - 32 Racing Metro 92|
|Benetton Treviso 23 - 20 Ospreys|
|Castres 19 - 47 Harlequins|
|Wasps 20 - 20 Leinster|
|Sunday 18th January|
|Ospreys 9 - 20 Northampton|
|Racing Metro 92 53 - 7 Benetton Treviso|
|Toulouse 18 - 35 Bath|
|Glasgow 21 - 10 Montpellier|
|Saturday 17th January|
|Harlequins 3 - 23 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 13 - 22 Clermont Auvergne|
|Leinster 50 - 8 Castres|
|Toulon 60 - 22 Ulster|
|Saracens 33 - 10 Munster|
|Friday 16th January|
|Leicester 40 - 23 Scarlets|
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