It’s the last round of the regular season in BUCS Super Rugby this week, and Cardiff University RFC’s future in the competition will be decided as the relegation battle comes down to the wire.
The Red and Blacks are currently ninth in the 10-team competition, three points ahead of bottom side Northumbria, as they battle to maintain their status at the top level of University rugby in their second season at the level.
Their destiny is still in their hands, but it involves beating second-place Exeter, who travel to the Arms Park on Wednesday afternoon for a 2pm kick-off. The English side themselves have nothing to play for, guaranteed of their finish, but only make two changes from the team that beat Swansea last week.
Uni can take confidence from the game between the two sides in Devon just three weeks ago though, when a brave effort saw Cardiff go down just 32-29, taking a valuable losing bonus point back home.
If there is no win over Exeter it will be a nervous wait for Uni who will have to rely on city rivals Cardiff Metropolitan University RFC for a favour as they travel to Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons, to play Northumbria on Friday night.
Denying the side from the North a win would ensure Uni stay up no matter what, while Met also have final league position to play for as they currently sit fourth, tied on points with Leeds Beckett in third.
There’s no difference in terms of having a home draw in the play-offs, with the only change being whether the opponent is Loughborough or Hartpury, but the momentum gained from a win would be key in terms of pushing for a return to the Final.