Leinster ‘A’ draw London Welsh in B&I Cup quarter-finals
February 1, 2016 12:00 am client
Leinster ‘A’ have been drawn against London Welsh in the quarter-finals of the British & Irish Cup.
Leinster ‘A’ will host London Welsh on the weekend of 11/12/13 March for the right to face Cornish Pirates or Doncaster Knights in a home semi-final.
The ‘A’ team qualified for the quarter-finals as the competition’s number one seeds with a 100% record of six wins from six matches.
A Ross Byrne drop goal secured a win away to Rotherham Titans in the opening round of fixtures. This was followed by a convincing 55-12 win over Moseley the following week in Donnybrook.
Ealing Trailfinders provided a stern test in back-to-back games in December, with Leinster ‘A’ held to a 13-6 lead by half-time in the first game at Donnybrook, before pulling away in the second half to win it 45-13.
A bonus point win away to Ealing the following week put Leinster in control in the pool, knowing a win in round 5 v Moseley would guarantee a quarter-final spot.
A 24-49 win at Billesley Common made sure of that quarter-final spot, with a win at Donnybrook over Rotherham Titans on 22nd January confirming a home quarter-final and top seeding in the knock-out stages.
Welsh finished as runners up in Pool 4, behind Cornish Pirates, and are making their first appearance in the last eight of the cup.
The sides met once before in the B&I Cup – in December 2011 at Donnybrook – when they shared a 24-24 draw.
Ticket information will be communicated for the British & Irish Cup quarter-final once fixture details have been confirmed.
British & Irish Cup knock-out stages draw
Following a meeting between the competition Organising Committee on Monday, 1st February, the draw for the British & Irish Cup knock-out stages is as follows:
Quarter-Finals, 11-12 March
Game 1: LEINSTER ‘A’ v London Welsh
Game 2: Yorkshire Carnegie v Moseley
Game 3: Bedford Blues v Jersey RFC
Game 4: Cornish Pirates v Doncaster Knights
Semi-Finals, 18-20 March
Game 5: Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 4
Game 6: Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 3