The return to action of influential centre Marc Stcherbina and outside half Dai Flanagan gave Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young something to smile about after seeing his side crash 35-17 at Llanelli Scarlets.
If that defeat virtually ruled them out of the running for the Magners League title, Young knows that with Welsh Grand Slammers Martyn Williams, Tom Shanklin and Gethin Jenkins to come into his line-up there is still hope of progressing in Europe.
"Our away form has generally been good this season and we certainly won't fear travelling to Toulouse. We know they are a formidable outfit at home, but we're ready to give it a crack," said Young.
I didn't want to play too many of the Welsh players in the first game back, but they will all be available for our trip to Edinburgh this weekend and then the quarter-final in Toulouse.
"It is a massive game for the Blues Region as it is the first European quarter-final we have reached."
It was only the third game the Blues had played since crushing Bristol 17-0 to qualify for the quarter-finals.
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