Gloucester Rugby take on Perpignan at Stade Aimé Giral today with their European hopes still very much alive.
While the Cherry and Whites cannot reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup, they can still clinch the final qualifying spot for the Amlin Challenge Cup after Exeter Chiefs beat Cardiff Blues.
The Welsh region salvaged a bonus-point in the Arms Park defeat, which ensures Gloucester have to secure a maximum points haul in Catalonia to draw level – qualification will then come down to tries scored.
But that is not the only permutation with the Munster v Edinburgh and Scarlets v Harlequins matches also likely to have an affect.
To put it simple, Nigel Davies’ men must win by scoring four tries or more and hope the pieces fall in place elsewhere.
Davies has made two changes to the side downed 20-7 by Munster last week, with Rob Cook preferred to Martyn Thomas at full-back while Huia Edmonds replaces injured Darren Dawidiuk. Jimmy Cowan also returns to the bench.
Meanwhile Perpignan have fielded an experimental team featuring 13 changes to the side beaten by Edinburgh. Former Kingsholm favourite Luke Narraway starts at openside, while Alasdair Strokosch is named among the replacements.
Perpignan: J Michel; T Benvenuti, D Marty (Capt.), S Piukala, W Votu; S Guitoune, T Ecochard; S Taofifenua, R Terrain, P Ion, D Leo, R Taofifenua, J Purll, L Narraway, K Chateau.
Replacements: M Delonca, G Jgenti, S Taumalolo, J-P Perez, N Durand, L Mafi, J Torfs, A Strokosch.
Gloucester Rugby: R Cook; C Sharples, J May, B Twelvetrees (capt), S Monahan; F Burns, D Robson; Y Thomas, H Edmonds, S Puafisi, E Stooke, J Hudson, M Cox, M Kvesic, G Evans
Replacements: D George, D Murphy, S Knight, W James, S Kalamafoni, J Cowan, M Thomas, B Morgan
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Tries by Jonny May, Shane Monaghan and Charlie Sharples gave Gloucester a 19-10 half-time lead against Perpignan.
Freddie Burns slotted two conversions.
Piukala scored a try for Perpignan while Ecochard kicked a penaly and a conversion for the home side.