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LS 10 - 19 Yorkies HT
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Roth won 31-10

The 2.30 games are all close ones: Blues v Leinster 27-each; Donc 29 Bri 37; Hart 26 Scarlet 19


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ET. 50.    Connacht 7
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2018 at 16:20
Some of the close games earlier didn't stay that way:

Cardiff 27 Leinster 41 FT, Irish stay on max pts

Hartpury 41 Scarlets 24 FT, curtains for Welsh side's hopes of QF it would seem
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2018 at 16:27
FT Donny 32 Bri 37 of course it's not Bristol's priority and I believe they're out as can't finish higher than 3rd in that grp

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LS 29 - 19 Yorkies
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Ealing 64.   Connacht 12
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FT @ RAG LS 29 - 19 Yorkies. 🥃
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Originally posted by oneagainstthehead oneagainstthehead wrote:

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This kind of match is why the B&I had to die.
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Maybe G, but also shows that Ealing must be favourites to be the final team to win it... they'll take some stopping, especially if they stay at home...

I'm sensing Munster or Pirates might be the team heading to Jersey in the QF, but that's just a crystal ball job - there are other possibilities.
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Credit to Yorkies, they had the highlights up on YouTube shortly after the game. Well done!!
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So can someone figure out who has qualified for quarter finals yet?
And if anything is on next week's final pool games?
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I'm not sure how they work out seeding but the current table as I understand it is sorry about the formating:
Ealing 25 229
Jersey 25 137
Leinster  25 103
Bedford 19 46
Ulster 19 21
Doncaster 17 55
Munster  16 47
Pirates 14 34
Yorkshire 14 -4
Connacht 11 -58
Bristol 11 -28
Scarlets 10 -40
Scottish 10 -56
Hartpury 8 -15
Titans 8 -55
Nottingham 6 -46
Richmond 5 -116
Dragons 3 -77
Ospreys 2 -47
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Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

Does that mean you might want Dan Lewis back? 
 

I imagine so!  Give him a few more games at Championship level after a few at the tail end of last season.
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Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Maybe G, but also shows that Ealing must be favourites to be the final team to win it... they'll take some stopping, especially if they stay at home...

I'm sensing Munster or Pirates might be the team heading to Jersey in the QF, but that's just a crystal ball job - there are other possibilities.


Ealing put out a virtual first team today so they definitely mean business. I thought Connacht started very well and the speed of thought and quick handling by their backs looked dangerous. As ever though they were worn down up front and struggled after about 30 mins. Not particularly surprising as I'm guessing their average age was about 20
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Originally posted by Dalesman Dalesman wrote:

So can someone figure out who has qualified for quarter finals yet?
And if anything is on next week's final pool games?

q1 - Ealing, Jersey & Leinster definitely, with home draws. Bedford & Ulster almost certain (but not quite) to be in QF, but may not be at home...

q2 - by my reckoning Bristol v Cardiff Blues is the only game of the 10 next week where neither team has any chance to qualify. There are two others where it would be very unlikely (wins for Connacht over Roth & Scottish at Dragons would give them a theoretical chance, but probably not enough)...


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cricks at 2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2018 at 21:29
Originally posted by Camquin Camquin wrote:

Does that mean you might want Dan Lewis back? 
 
Apologies for not replying sooner Camquin. Yes that may be the case, unless Saracens have a spare knocking around.
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Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

Originally posted by Dalesman Dalesman wrote:

So can someone figure out who has qualified for quarter finals yet?
And if anything is on next week's final pool games?


q1 - Ealing, Jersey & Leinster definitely, with home draws. Bedford & Ulster almost certain (but not quite) to be in QF, but may not be at home...

q2 - by my reckoning Bristol v Cardiff Blues is the only game of the 10 next week where neither team has any chance to qualify. There are two others where it would be very unlikely (wins for Connacht over Roth & Scottish at Dragons would give them a theoretical chance, but probably not enough)...


So this makes for a very interesting final round of group games with 18 teams having a vested interest in progressing or not.

The big question for me is how will the clubs who have rotated their squads for the B&I cup games approach this final round? On the 1 hand, they will have a chance of progressing to the knockout stage, but on the other, most of those still in with a shout, are likely to have an away quarter final should they make it. Travel doesn't come cheap, especially if you are having to travel to Jersey or Ireland.

From my own teams perspective, we have a real mouth watering prospect away at YC. Jersey will want to get a bonus point win to guarantee a 1st or 2nd place seeding, however, a good win for YC will almost guarantee them progression in the competition. If YC decide to field the same or similar team that came to St. Peter in the earlier rounds, then I can only see an emphatic away win. However, if they field their strongest side, then those who make the trip to Scarborough could be in for a real treat as both sides will go hammer and tongs at each other.

This scenario is likely to be replicated in most of the other 'meaningful' games.

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