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British & Irish Cup: Round 2 review

13 October 2011

  • Bedford sneak late win over Welsh
  • Knights achieve cup double against Leeds
British & Irish Cup Round 2 review

Photo: RFU Archive

Home advantage counted for little in the second batch of midweek British & Irish Cup ties, with four of the six games resulting in away wins.

Cornish Pirates followed up their 50-point hammering of Bristol with another comprehensive win – 38-0 at cross-Tamar rivals Plymouth Albion.

The 2010 cup winners head Pool 1 by a point from Moseley, who recorded a superb 14-10 victory at Championship high- flyers Bristol.

Neither Bristol or Plymouth have won a game yet, which is good news for the two other teams in Pool 2 – Cross Keys and Munster ‘A’ – who have yet to start their campaigns.

Entertainment aplenty at London Welsh

Bedford edged an entertaining game at London Welsh, coming away with a 33-30 win to make it two wins from two for the Blues.

London Scottish are at the bottom of Pool 3 after losing 43-10 at injury-hit Esher, who are now level on points with London Welsh at the top of Pool 4.

Nottingham withstood a late onslaught from Rotherham to leave Clifton Lane with the points, as Tom Calladine’s sin-binning saw the Titans reduce a 16-point deficit to a two-point gap. However, a late penalty from the impressive James Stokes meant the Green & Whites were able to hang on for a 22-17 victory.

Rotherham sit at the bottom of Pool 5, which is topped by south Yorkshire rivals Doncaster after the Knights completed a league and cup double over Leeds Carnegie. Leeds are now four points off Pool 6 pace- setters Nottingham.