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The Greene King IPA Championship looks on course to have a

healthy representation in the quarter-finals of the BI Cup,

with English sides topping four of the pools with two rounds to go

and Leinster, winners of the competition for the last two years,

heading a fifth.

Bristol Rugby, Rotherham Titans, Worcester Warriors and Doncaster

Knights all maintained their perfect records in the competition,

while Leinster remain in command of Pool 5 after scoring 10 tries

in a 67-12 romp against Carmarthen Quins.

Pool 1

Bristol Rugby v London Scottish, Friday 5 December, KO


Bristol are guaranteed their place in the quarter-final draw with a

round to spare if they beat London Scottish for the third time this

season and extend their winning run to 13 matches. Bristol won

22-18 when the sides met earlier in the competition, while the

league meeting at Ashton Gate ended in a 42-17 victory for the West

Country side.

Pontypridd v Connacht Eagles, Saturday 6 December, KO


Pontypridd need to bounce back from the disappointment of losing at

Bristol with victories in their last two matches if they are to

entertain any hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages as one of

the three best-placed runners up. Hooker Liam Belcher scored a

hat-trick of tries and there was one each from full-back Aled

Summerhill, lock Craig Locke and winger Lewis Williams in

Pontypridd's 42-16 win over Connacht Eagles in Round


Pool 2

Aberavon v Rotherham Titans, Saturday 6 December, KO


Aberavon have conceded more points (179) than any other side at

this stage of the competition, and worse could be to come with pool

leaders Rotherham Titans arriving in Port Talbot on Saturday.

Titans have won all three previous BI Cup meetings between the

sides, although their only other visit to the Talbot Athletic

Ground in October 2012 was a close run affair. Titans fell 13-0

down before fighting back to win 25-21.

Yorkshire Carnegie v Ulster Ravens, Sunday December 7, KO


Yorkshire Carnegie welcome Ulster to Laund Hill, Huddersfield as

they take to the road again in the BI Cup. Two tries from

winger Dan Tai earned Carnegie an impressive 22-17 win at the

Kingspan Stadium when they last met Ulster in Round 2. Carnegie are

the top points scorers in the competition with 153 from four


Pool 3

Nottingham Rugby v Moseley, Sunday 7 December, KO 15:00

The bottom two sides in Pool 3 meet for the second time in as many

weeks in what is effectively a dead-rubber. Nottingham took the

honours in the league fixture at Billesley Common, edging a

fractious encounter 27-26. The respective fly-halves that day, Sam

Olver (Moseley) and Dan Mugford (Nottingham) have both received

Championship Player of the Month for November


Munster A v Worcester Warriors, Friday 5 December, KO


Munster A need to beat Worcester to keep their hopes of topping the

pool alive. The former champions are five points behind the

Warriors, who have won all four of their games to date.

Munster's only defeat in the competition came at the hands of

the Warriors, when they lost 27-23 on 18 October, after Ben Sowery

saved the day for the Championship side with a late try.

Pool 4

Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights, Saturday 6 December, KO


A fifth straight victory would guarantee Doncaster a presence in

the quarter-final draw for only the second time in their history.

Pirates won 24-22 when the sides met in the league on 4 October,

while the Knights gained revenge with a 29-25 victory in the cup a

fortnight later. If beaten, Pirates still have a good chance of

qualifying for the knockout stages as one of the best


Bedford Blues v Cross Keys, Saturday 6 December, KO 14:30

Bedford have only won twice at home in five attempts this season

and are without a win to their name in the BI Cup. Cross Keys

snatched a 23-22 victory with stoppage time try from captain Leon

Andrews when the sides met at Goldington Road back in October. Keys

will be looking to take their first English scalp at Pandy Park

having lost at home to Doncaster and Cornish Pirates.

Pool 5

Jersey v Leinster A, Saturday 6 December, KO 15:00

Jersey need to halt a run of three straight defeats if they are to

remain in contention for top spot in Pool 5. The Channel Islanders

are five points behind the two-time BI Cup champions in the

standings, having slipped to a disappointing defeat to Plymouth

last time out. Leinster won 26-6 on a wet and blustery night in

Dublin in Round 2.

Plymouth Albion v Carmarthen Quins, Saturday 6 December, KO


The winner of this tie could still be in contention for a

quarter-final place if Jersey beat Leinster, preferably without

either side picking up a bonus point. Improving Albion picked up

their first win of any description for nearly nine months when they

defeated Jersey 23-14 at St Peter in Round 4. Plymouth shipped 20

unanswered points in the final quarter to lose 29-16 when they last

met Quins at Parc y Scarlets on 18 October.

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