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Welsh horror show in United Rugby Championship

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Evan Roos of the Stormers is tackled by Gareth Davies of the Scarlets in Llanelli on 21 May 2022. (Photo by Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency/Gallo Images)
Evan Roos of the Stormers is tackled by Gareth Davies of the Scarlets in Llanelli on 21 May 2022. (Photo by Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency/Gallo Images)

The Dragons and the Scarlets both lost on Saturday to complete a miserable weekend for the four Welsh regions in the United Rugby Championship.

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Newport-based Dragons went down 21-11 to the Lions at Rodney Parade, a result that meant they had gone the entire season without winning a game at home.

The Scarlets also fell to a South African side, losing 26-21 to the Stormers following Ruhan Nel's late try for the visitors in Llanelli.

Defeat meant the Scarlets missed out on qualifying for the European Champions Cup, with the Ospreys going through as winners of the URC's Welsh Shield.

Not that the Swansea-based Ospreys had much to celebrate after a 38-31 loss at home to the Blue Bulls, one of several South African teams now involved in what was once the Celtic League, on Friday.

But that was as nothing compared to the 69-21 hammering Benetton Treviso inflicted upon Cardiff in Italy.

The capital club's humiliating reverse on Friday came amid reports the Welsh Rugby Union is considering disbanding one of the regions, with none of the four teams reaching this season's URC quarter-finals.

That followed a Six Nations where Wales finished a lowly fifth, culminating with a shock defeat by Italy in Cardiff.

"Lots of players are not good enough for all four regional teams," said Wales great Jonathan Davies on social media.

"Too many average players are being overpaid. Need to be brutal and honest. Soft culture. Players have to take a long hard look at themselves. No excuses."

The former flyhalf also said many of the coaches at the regions were too soft with no experience or lack of knowledge".

Elsewhere Saturday, an under-strength Leinster still had enough firepower to defeat Munster 35-25 in Dublin as they denied their arch Irish rivals a home quarter-final.

Leinster, resting several first-choice players ahead of next weekend's European Champions Cup final against La Rochelle in Marseille, will be at home to Glasgow in the last eight.

Munster must now travel to Belfast to face Ulster in another all-Ireland clash.

Edinburgh secured Champions Cup qualification and reclaimed the 1872 Cup by overcoming a 13-point first-leg deficit with a 28-11 win over Glasgow at Murrayfield.

Victory meant Edinburgh qualified for a place among Europe's elite by virtue of topping the URC's Scottish/Italian Shield.

Glasgow will now play in Europe's second-tier Challenge Cup.

United Rugby Championship quarter-finals:

Leinster v Glasgow

Stormers v Edinburgh

Ulster v Munster

Bulls v Sharks

Ties to be played June 3-4


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Fixtures
Sat 16 Apr 22 18:35 PM (SAST)
Llanelli Scarlets
Dragons
Parc y Scarlets, TBC
SuperSport
Fri 22 Apr 22 16:30 PM (SAST)
Stormers
Glasgow Warriors
DHL Stadium, Cape Town
SuperSport
Fri 22 Apr 22 18:35 PM (SAST)
Ulster
Munster
Kingspan Stadium, TBC
SuperSport
Results
Sat 11 Jun 22
Stormers
Stormers 17
Ulster
Ulster 15
Fri 10 Jun 22
Leinster
Leinster 26
Vodacom Bulls
Vodacom Bulls 27
Sat 04 Jun 22
Stormers
Stormers 28
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17
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13
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2. Stormers
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3. Ulster Rugby
18
12
59
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4. Bulls
18
11
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