Thursday, October 30, 2014

B&I Cup preview

Heading to Donnybrook this afternoon for Leinster A’s clash with Jersey, where the home side definitely need all five points to set up a pool decider with Pontypridd in January.  Head on down if you can, it’s free in for Leinster season ticket holders, kickoff 2:30pm.

Congrats to Connacht Eagles who scored their first-ever competitive win triumphing 31-16 over last season’s finalists Cross Keys.  Pity the Welsh side’s tweeter wasn’t a better sport about the result.

The Ulster Ravens scored an easy victory in Cardiff, setting up a clash with Bristol in January that is virtually winner-take-all.

Finally the weekend began for the provincial A sides with Munster being held 9-9 by the Rotherham Titans (who much like the trucking company of the same name are "really going places" now), a result that keeps the pool alive with both the Titans and their fellow Championship side Plymouth Albion only four points behind the cup holders with two to play.

POOL ONE – ULSTER RAVENS

14 December     Bristol 41-3 Bridgend
15 December  Cardiff 7-34 Ulster Ravens
11 January   Ulster Ravens v Bristol  19:30

POOL FOUR – CONNACHT EAGLES

15 December    Connacht v Cross Keys
16 December    Newport v Newcastle 15:00
12 January  Newcastle v Connacht Eagles 15:00

POOL FIVE – LEINSTER “A”

15 December  Pontypridd v Leeds Carnegie, 14:30
16 December  Leinster A v Jersey, 14:30
15: Cathal Marsh  14: Adam Byrne  13: Eoin O'Malley  12: Brendan Macken  11: Fionn Carr  10: Noel Reid  9: John Cooney

1: Jack McGrath CAPTAIN  2: Aaron Dundon  3: Jamie Hagan  4: Ben Marshal  5: Tom Denton  6: Rhys Ruddock  7: Dominic Ryan  8: Leo Auva'a

REPLACEMENTS:  16: Thomas Sexton  17: Jack O'Connell  18: Tadhg Beirne  19: Conor Gilsenan  20: Luke McGrath  21: Jordan Coghlan  22: Steve Crosbie

POOL SEVEN – MUNSTER “A”

14 December   Munster 9-9 Rotherham Titans  Plymouth Albion 59-0 Aberavon

12 January  Aberavon v Munster A 14:30

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