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09
DEC

Bristol Rugby, Rotherham Titans, Worcester

Warriors, Doncaster Knights and defending BI champions

Leinster A have all qualified for the quarter-finals of the British

Irish Cup as winners of their respective pools with a round

to spare.

The Greene King IPA Championship quartet are unbeaten after five

rounds of action and are on course for a home draw in the

quarter-finals, while Leinster, who are bidding for a hat-trick of

titles, are set to be on their travels in the last eight unless

they can improve their position this weekend and qualify for the

knockout stages as one of the top four seeds.

Eight sides still have a mathematical chance of grabbing one of the

three quarter-final spots available to the best runners-up.

Yorkshire Carnegie are currently in the driving seat with 18

points, Pontypridd have 15 and Munster A and Cornish Pirates, who

met in the inaugural BI Cup final in 2009, are both on 14.

Bedford, Moseley, Carmarthen Quins and Jersey have slim

mathematical chances of maintaining their interest beyond the

weekend.

Pool 1

Connacht Eagles v Bristol Rugby

Top plays bottom as pool leaders Bristol go in search of the win

they need to be certain of a home quarter-final. Bristol extended

their winning run to 13 matches with a 22-14 victory over London

Scottish in Round 5. Bristol outscored Connacht eight tries to four

in front of a record BI Cup crowd when the sides met in Round

1. Olly Robinson, son of head coach Andy, scored a hat-trick on his

competitive debut for the club.

London Scottish v Pontypridd

Pontypridd's destiny remains in their own hands with the Welsh

Premiership side knowing that a bonus-point win at The Athletic

Ground would guarantee them one of the best runners-up spots.

Pontypridd won the first match with London Scottish 23-17.

Pool 2

Rotherham Titans v Yorkshire Carnegie

Yorkshire Carnegie need two points from Saturday's

trip to Clifton Lane to be mathematically certain of their place in

the last eight as one of the three best runners-up. If Carnegie

head back up the M1 empty-handed they will have to hope that at

least one of their main rivals, Pontypridd, Munster and Cornish

Pirates fails to win. Titans kept Carnegie try less in both

previous meetings this season: 6-0 at Headingley in the

Championship and 20-3 at Silver Royd, Scarborough RUFC in the

BI Cup.

Ulster Ravens v Aberavon

Aberavon's losing run was extended to eight games with

Saturday's 42-14 home defeat to Rotherham. The Wizards have not

win in any competition since they beat Ulster 18-14 at The Talbot

Athletic Ground on October 11. Ulster are winless and will exit the

competition at the end of the pool stages for the third year in a

row.

Pool 3

Moseley v Munster A

A first bonus-point win of the season would guarantee Munster a

place in the last eight regardless of how Cornish Pirates fare at

Bedford. Tries have been hard to come by for Munster to date with

just 10 in five matches. They beat Moseley 27-21 at Clonmel in

Round 1.

Worcester Warriors v Nottingham Rugby

Worcester are certain of a home tie in the knockout stages if they

beat Nottingham for the third time this season. The Warriors won

55-16 when the sides met in the league at Sixways at the end of

September and they prevailed 26-19 in the cup three weeks later at

Meadow Lane.

Pool 4

Bedford Blues v Cornish Pirates

Last Saturday's agonising 31-30 defeat at home to Doncaster has

left Cornish Pirates' hopes of making it out of Pool 4 hanging

by a thread. Realistically the Pirates need to win at Bedford for

the first time since March 2011 – and hope Munster and Pontypridd

fail to beat Moseley and London Scottish respectively – to qualify

for the last eight for the fifth time in their history. The first

BI Cup tie at the Mennaye Field was a real humdinger with

Pirates winning 35-34. However the BI Cup Organising Committee

overturned the result after Pirates wrongly introduced an

additional player to the fray when the game had already gone to

uncontested scrums.

Doncaster Knights v Cross Keys

Seven of the 10 matches played in Pool 4 have resulted in a winning

margin of five points or less, and Cross Keys, while bottom of the

pool, have more than held their own this season. Their two previous

away trips to Championship clubs have ended in a one-point win (v

Bedford) and a one-point loss (v Cornish Pirates). Doncaster won

37-32 at Pandy Park in round one.

Pool 5

Carmarthen Quins v Jersey

The winners of this tie can still go through as one of the best

runners-up if Munster A and Cornish Pirates are well beaten. Jersey

are on a four-game losing streak but won with a bonus point when

the sides met back in October.

Leinster A v Plymouth Albion

To qualify as one of the top four seeds Leinster A need to pick up

maximum points against Plymouth and hope that Bristol and Worcester

fail to make it six wins on the spin. Leinster prevailed 31-24 when

the sides met at Brickfields in Round 1.

*All Round 6 matches kick off at 14:00pm Saturday

December 13

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