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 Tuesday, 28 January, 2003, 09:17 GMT
Llanelli face travel hurdle
Matt Cardey in action against Perpignan
Llanelli have to find a way past Perpignan
Llanelli are taking it one game at a time after being handed a tough away trip should they make it through to the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup.

Should the Scarlets get past Perpignan in their last-eight clash, they would have to travel to face either Leinster or Biarritz for a place in the final.

The Welshman were beaten by a late penalty from Leicester's Tim Stimpson in the semi-finals last season, continuing their Heineken Cup heartbreak of the past few years.

We need to use the home crowd to our advantage and then worry about travelling

Llanelli coach Gareth Jenkins

Llanelli have, at least, avoided the prospect of meeting the holders before the final, as well as steering clear of last season's runners-up Munster, plus previous winners Toulouse and Northampton.

But director of rugby Gareth Jenkins is focussing all of his attentions on the game against Perpignan at Stradey Park.

"We obviously have to get past Perpignan before we start thinking about Leinster or Biarritz," Jenkins said.

"We have got big respect for everybody in this competition, but what we must hold onto is it's a great advantage for us to be at home in the quarter-finals.

"That's the game we are thinking about at the moment and that's the game where we have undoubtedly given ourselves an edge because it will be played at Stradey Park.

"We need to use the home crowd to our advantage and then worry about travelling, should we progress.

"Perpignan are a great side, who have beaten us in this competition before, so we know its going to be tough."

Leicester will play the winners of Toulouse and Northampton - if they successfully negotiate their way past Munster in the quarter-finals.

The draw dictated that the winner of the Toulouse v Northampton quarter-final will enjoy home-country advantage in the last four, though the tie would be played at a "neutral" venue in France or England.

The winner of the quarter-final game between Leinster and Biarritz will also enjoying home-country advantage in the semi-final against the winner of the Llanelli-Perpignan tie.

The idea behind Monday's draw - so far ahead of the quarter-finals - was in the hope that it would reduce some of the logistical problems that the semi-finals bring.

Neutral venues with capacities of more than 20,000 have to be found and with just 14 days between the quarter and semi-finals, tournament organisers ERC decided to bring the draw forward.


Heineken Cup semi-finals - to be played on the weekend of 25-27 April

Toulouse or Northampton v Leicester or Munster
Leinster or Biarritz v Llanelli or Perpignan


Heineken Cup

Parker Pen Cup

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