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British & Irish Cup Round 2 preview

16 December 2010

  • RFU Championship clubs leading the way in Pool C
  • Rotherham travel to Doncaster for Yorkshire derby
Worcester's Matt Kvesic in British & Irish Cup action

Image: RFU Archive

After opening their defence of the British & Irish Cup with an entertaining 54-31 win over Currie, the Cornish Pirates meet early Pool A pacesetters Leinster in Round 2. A late penalty from Leinster’s Shaun Berne denied the Pirates a famous victory at Donnybrook in last season’s competition.

Worcester go to Currie looking to build on a 58-10 win over 14- man Newport, while Plymouth and Newport, who fought out a 3-3 draw 12 months ago play each other at Brickfields.

In Pool B, Llanelli defeated Esher 33-14 and now face further English opposition in the form of Nottingham.

Nottingham opened their account with a convincing 37-23 win against a callow Bristol side who will look to bounce back against Munster, 18-6 winners when the sides met last season.

Esher go to the Greenyards, the home of Melrose RFC.

Bedford and Moseley looking to continue fast start

Second half fightbacks from Bedford and Moseley got the Championship sides off to a flyer in Pool C, although Ulster, who threw away a 17-6 lead at Goldington Road, still lead the way.

The Irish province entertain Moseley – 34-21 winners at London Welsh - in Round 2, while the Exiles host Swansea and the Blues go to Neath, who have yet to play a game.

Unfancied Llandovery pulled off a shock 34-17 win at Rotherham and are only kept off top spot by Pontypridd who got the better of Ayr, the Drovers’ next opponents in Pool D.

Pontypridd play Birmingham & Solihull and Rotherham make the short trip to Doncaster.