Friday, 14 November 2014

Principality Premiership predictions

All Wales Sport's Carl Field looks ahead to tonight's action in the Principality Premiership, as well as Sunday's game at the Brewery Field...




Llanelli v Aberavon

Aberavon head coach Jason Hyatt will demand a reaction from his side after last Friday’s poor display at Bridgend – which he labelled the "worst" under his stewardship. Anthony Buchanan’s Llanelli play their first home for six weeks buoyed by their performance – albeit ultimately in defeat – at Cross Keys seven days ago.

Prediction: Llanelli by 12 points


Ebbw Vale v Pontypridd

The Steelmen have been a revelation since returning to the top flight and were only narrowly beaten at Carmarthen Quins last Friday. Champions Pontypridd, meanwhile, haven’t been at their brilliant best in recent games and, although once again hampered by players off on regional duty, should just edge this one to remain top of the pile.

Prediction: Pontypridd by 3 points


Llandovery v Cross Keys 

Both these side have been a little bit Jekyll and Hyde so far this season with three wins and three defeats from their respective six games. It’s a difficult one to predict but I’ll just give it to the Drovers who will be looking to make full use of home advantage.

Prediction: Llandovery by 6 points


Neath v Carmarthen Quins

Neath will be looking for a repeat of their last outing a fortnight ago when they came from behind to record a stunning win over Cross Keys, which turned out to be Rowland Phillips’ last game at the Gnoll. Patrick Horgan will be looking for another positive result having taken on team affairs, although standing in their way are the mighty Quins - and it would take a brave punter to back against them maintaining their 100 per cent record.

Prediction: Carmarthen Quins by 16 points


Bridgend v Bedwas (Sunday)

Bridgend recorded a morale-boosting win at Aberavon last Friday and showed they have the ability to hurt teams, particularly when they get the ball out wide. Bedwas are likely to provide much stiffer opposition head coach Steve Law felt his side were unfortunate not to pick up a win at Pontypridd in their last game two weeks ago.

Prediction: Bedwas by 4 points


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Maesteg to face Tondu in inaugural Austen Howells Memorial Cup match

THE inaugural Austen Howells Memorial Cup match takes place tomorrow evening (Friday) between Maesteg and Tondu.

Austen Howells, a rugby player who died in August. Picture: Wales News Service 


The game is a tribute to the late Howells, who died aged just 40 while on a stag weekend in Manchester back in August.

Howells, who had just taken a coaching role at his hometown side Maesteg before his death, also represented Tondu during a distinguished career.

The game, which will be played annually between the two clubs, will also help support the respective junior sections.

Tomorrow night's fixture – which is being played at the Old Parish – kicks off at 7.15pm.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Principality Premiership predictions

All Wales Sport's Carl Field looks ahead to tonight's action in the Principality Premiership...



Aberavon v Bridgend (7.15pm)

It looks like it could be a long hard winter for the Ravens, who are up against it after a tough start that has seen them lose four out of five while the Wizards, who have the same record, have targeted this game and home advantage should pay dividends for Jason Hyatt’s side tonight.

Prediction: Aberavon by 15 points


Carmarthen Quins v Ebbw Vale (7.30pm)

This is the pick of this evening’s games with Ebbw Vale – with five wins out of six so far – the surprising front runners in the Principality Premiership. The Steelmen have won all three of their games on the road so far and another win here would be the biggest scalp of the lot. However I expect the Quins to record another win against the Gwent side and maintain their 100 per cent record.

Prediction: Carmarthen Quins by 7 points


Cross Keys v Llanelli (7.30pm)

Cross Keys will be looking for a reaction after their shock defeat at Neath where they tossed away a 19-7 half time lead before eventually going down 32-19 at the Gnoll. Llanelli head coach Anthony Buchanan admits his side looked rusty in their defeat at Newport – their first game for nearly a month – having started to look as if they were clicking into gear before the break for the British & Irish Cup.

Prediction: Cross Keys by 5 points


Llandovery v Pontypridd (7.30pm)

The champions haven’t been in rip roaring form of late – and only squeezed past Bedwas at Sardis Road last time out. I predict their 100 per cent record will go at Church Bank tonight – where they also lost in pre-season. Wing Richard Williams – who bagged a brace that day – will be looking to inspire the Drovers once again.

Prediction: Llandovery by 3 points

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Kidwelly blitz Carmarthen to extend lead

Kidwelly extended their advantage to two points at the summit of One West as the Black and Ambers blitzed past Carmarthen Athletic 51-10.
Hat-trick hero Luke Marshall in action for Kidwelly
The league leaders helped themselves to nine tries in all with efforts from Luke Marshall (3), Dafydd Lewis (2), Richard Rees (2), Andy Francis and Jason Smith.
Kidwelly's Jason Smith breaks through the Athletic defence
Hot on the pacemakers' heels are Newcastle Emlyn, who also picked up their sixth win of the season with an 18-12 success at Loughor.
Emlyn had three yellow cards in the match but came through thanks to tries from Sean Leonard and Alun Howells, while Dan Davies added eight points from the tee.
At the other end of the table, Amman United recorded the maiden win of their campaign as they defeated Gorseinon 20-17 at Cwmamman Park.
Amman’s tries came courtesy of a Liam Mangan touchdown and a penalty try, while Rhys Thomas converted both and slotted two penalties.
Luke Cross got Gorseinon’s only try while Andrew Steele fired over four penalties from the tee.
Trebanos moved to within three points of the One West Central leaders Kenfig Hill as 'Banws dispatched Dunvant, while the pacemakers slumped to a 19-22 home defeat to Skewen.
'Banws crossed twice through Matthew Edwards and Richard Davies while Christian Jones fired home a solitary penalty.
Skewen inflicted leaders Kenfig Hill’s second defeat of the season as they edged a close battle 22-19 at Croft Goch Playing Fields.
The visitors went over three times through Tom Kingdom, Jamie Kirkhouse and a penalty try, while Ricky Buselli added the extras to two and also slotted a penalty.
For the Mules, Lewis David, Alex Cunnick and Matthew Staniel went over, with Nicky Giles adding two conversions.

Elsewhere, Bonymaen, who were relegated from the Championship last season, recorded their fifth win with a 17-5 triumph at Seven Sisters. Bony’s only try of the match came through Jacob Clement while Mark Simons landed four penalties.

Rhiwbina in red-hot form

RED-HOT Rhiwbina made it seven wins out of seven in One East as skipper Brett Chatwin’s try treble inspired a 41-22 home bonus-point success over near neighbours Cardiff Quins.

Rhiwbina's Sam Watkins makes a break against Cardif Quins.
Photo courtesy of FidoPics
Chatwin was in scorching form, with two of his tries starting from the half way line, while Sion Summers, Louis Millar, Chris Hole and Joe Casella also crossed the whitewash in a magnificent seven-try salvo – with Chatwin also adding three conversions for good measure.

Although Quins deserve credit for their late rally, which saw them score three tries in the final 15 minutes through Xavier Thomas, Lewis Haines and Paul Adams – with Adams converting two of them – after his earlier penalty.

Rhiwbina sit second and two points behind leaders Penallta – who maintained their own 100 per cent record as they ran out 29-20 at Garndiffaith- with Rhys Silcox, Elliott Keep and Joeseph Scrivens all among the scorers for the Pitmen.

Elsewhere Senghenydd are five points back in third after they made it five wins out of six with a 29-18 home win over basement boys Llanishen – who remain winless.

Glamorgan Wanderers were 44-8 home victors against Fleur De Lys while Nelson were 30-21 home winners over struggling Blaenavon, who themselves are still searching for that first win. Rumney, meanwhile,  recorded a 26-21 win at Risca.

In One East Central, Gilfach Goch ended leaders Beddau’s unbeaten start to the campaign as they edged out the Green and Golds 10-6.

The home side’s Matthew Llewellyn went over for the only try of the game while Josh Lewis added the extras and a penalty as they secured just their third win.

Meanwhile a hat-trick from Luke Studley helped second-place Rhydyfelin to their fifth win of the season as they dispatched Ynysybwl 32-17.

Mountain Ash – in third - only trail Rhydyfelin on points difference after their 34-7 home defeat of second bottom Dowlais.

Treorchy beat bottom side Llantrisant 24-17 with the struggling visitors slipping to their seventh straight defeat.

Elsewhere in the division there were also wins for Bedlinog and Ystrad Rhondda over Llantwit Fardre and Heol y Cyw respectively.

Gerwyn Davies, David Gratton and Ryan Howells went over for Ystrad Rhondda with Rhys Truelove adding two conversions and a penalty.

Swalec Championship Weekend Round-Up

Brilliant Bargoed stretched their lead at the summit of the Swalec Championship to nine points as they dented Swansea’s title hopes with a 27-6 victory at St Helens.
The Blues have been in inspired form so far this season and made it nine wins from nine in a dominant performance on Swansea’s patch.
The Whites opened the scoring through a Nicky Thomas penalty, but that’s as good as it got for the hosts as a dominant Bargoed pack ran Richard Lancaster’s side ragged.
The buoyant Blues took a 17-6 lead into the interval with touchdowns from wing Lewis Protheroe, lock Geraint Edmunds and flanker Steffan Jouxson, while fly-half Josh Prosser added the extras to one.
To make matters worse for Swansea, they were forced to request uncontested scrums after the break after suffering a series of injuries.
A Prosser penalty tightened Bargoed’s grip on the match and a late try also from the outside half ensured Bargoed took home maximum points before the five-week Autumn International break.
Bargoed chairman Neil Carter was understandably delighted with the win.
“We would have taken any sort of win but to win in the way that we did, dealing with a disrupted second half through no fault of our own, was just outstanding.
“I have to pay great credit to the coaches, team management and of course the players for making it nine in a row - eight of them with bonus points. The team can take a well earned break now for the Autumn internationals.”
Merthyr continue to impress in their inaugural season in the league as they bagged their seventh win with a 15-9 success over Newbridge at the Welfare Ground.
The Ironmen crossed twice through Aaron Howard and Harry Millard, while Steve Lang converted one and also slotted a penalty.
At the other end of the table, Glynneath secured back to back wins as they edged out Tondu 25-21 at Abernant Park.
Centre Jack O’Reilly was the hero of the day for the hosts as he fired over six penalties and added the extras to Jordan Griffiths’ touchdown for a personal haul of 20 points.
The Waterwheelers remain third from bottom but did pick up a losing bonus point thanks to touchdowns from Jonathan Humphries and Tom Jones, while Paul Smithson added eleven points from the tee.
In a war of attrition at Cyncoed, it was Cardiff Met that picked up the slenderest of victories with a 19-18 triumph over Llanharan.
Owen Thomas bagged 14 of the Students' points from the tee while winger Pierre Tucker crossed for their only try.
The Dairymen, who have struggled so far this season with just one win to their name, did come away with a losing bonus point.
Meanwhile, in a tight battle at Newbridge Fields, it was Pontypool that came out on top as they did just enough to see off hosts Bridgend Athletic 16-13.
Pooler outscored their hosts two tries to one with efforts from Dan Haile and Nathan Brooks, with the former landing a penalty, while Tom Hancock was also on target from the tee.
Elsewhere, Tata Steel  picked up the sixth win of their campaign, dispatching North Walians RGC 1404 20-13.
Chris Cobiesero bagged a brace for the hosts, while Steve Lewis was on target with both the extras and also landed two penalties.
In the day’s other fixture Narberth came out on top in a ten try thriller at Glan-yr-Afon as the Otters saw off hosts Blackwood.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Carl Field's weekend predictions

PRINCIPALITY PREMIERSHIP

Bedwas v Newport (Saturday, 2.30pm)

Bedwas return to action after three weeks off and are looking to pick up their first win at the Bridge Field this season having lost their first three home games. Although they will have been buoyed – by the performance at least – against Carmarthen Quins last time out, when they scored two tries inside the first three minutes, before eventually going down 44-29.

Newport have been in Premiership action in recent weeks and, although they’ve suffered defeats at Cardiff and then at home against Gwent rivals Ebbw Vale in the dying moments last week, they have been unlucky not to turn at least one of them into a win – and are due a bit of luck.

Prediction: Newport by 3 points


BRITISH & IRISH CUP

Pool One – Pontypridd v Bristol (Saturday, 2.30pm)

Premiership powerhouses Pontypridd go into Saturday’s match level on nine points with Bristol at the top of the pool – but with a superior points difference – having hit Connacht for six last weekend.

This match could go a long way to determining both clubs’ destinies in this season’s competition, with the hosts keen to avenge their defeat the last time these two sides met – a 36-25 loss in their B&I semi-final at Sardis Road back in 2010/11.

Prediction: Pontypridd by 7 points


Pool Two – Yorkshire Carnegie v Aberavon (Saturday, 2.30pm)

The Wizards came crashing back down to earth at Rotherham last Saturday having defeated Ulster Ravens the week before – and another tough afternoon is expected for Jason Hyatt’s side at Brantingham Park – home of Hull Ionians – on Saturday.

It’s the second successive season these two sides have been grouped together, with Josh Griffin the star of the show in the corresponding fixture last year as he grabbed a hat-trick in a thumping 72-0 win for Carnegie.

Both sides have four points going into this weekend’s round three fixture, with Carnegie full of confidence after their impressive 22-17 win at Ulster Ravens last time out.

Prediction: Yorkshire Carnegie by 15 points


Pool Four – Cornish Pirates v Cross Keys (Sunday, 3pm)

Cross Keys got their campaign back on track with a narrow 23-22 win at English Championship side Bedford Blues last week – snatching the game in the dying seconds having trailed 19-3 after 16 minutes.

However the group was blown wide open week with the news that Cornish Pirates, who had beaten Bedford 35-34 in their pool opener, had breached the rules related to uncontested scrums which means the result was overturned and a 34-28 victory was latterly handed to Bedford.

Pirates also lost 29-25 at pool leaders Doncaster last week so another win for the Gwent club could really make things interesting – particularly if Bedford also win at Doncaster.

Prediction: Cross Keys by 5 points


Pool Five – Carmarthen Quins v Leinster A (Saturday, 2.30pm)

A Scarlets development XV in everything but name, a composite Quins side ran out 29-16 winners over English Championship side Plymouth at Parc y Scarlets last Saturday and bouncing back having lost at Jersey the week before.

The reigning champions are in town this weekend – with the game being played at Carmarthen Park – and a third straight win for Leinster would see them open up a sizeable lead at the top of Pool 5.

Two hard-fought victories against Plymouth and Jersey puts Leinster on eight points after two rounds. Jersey are second on five, Quins have four and Plymouth two.

Prediction: Leinster A by 10 points


Match Report: Swansea University Women's RFC 32-5 Plymouth University Women's RFC

Swansea University Women’s recorded the first win of their BUCS Western 1A campaign with a comfortable home success over Plymouth at Sketty Lane.
The Green and Whites, who went down 14-0 at Bristol last week, had too much experience across the park for their opponents in what was at times a training game.
Despite dominating the first 40 minutes, Swansea were perhaps guilty of switching off after the break as the game's continuity was broke up by changes and injuries.
Swansea were cruising at the interval and were 25 points to the good, but the second half was a much closer fought affair with Plymouth frustrating their hosts for large periods.
Despite the disjointed nature of the match, a number of players stood out on both sides. For Swansea the half back combination of Rhian Perry and Meg Griffiths worked well, while the back row of Lydia Shelton, Kate Jones and Roz MacRow-Wood were dynamic in both the loose and at the breakdown. For Plymouth outside half Kat Smith and flanker Lucy Robinson were the catalyst for everything positive from the side.
A scrappy start saw both sides guilty of turning over quality possession but a quick tap penalty from scrum-half Perry got the hosts moving, with Griffiths making good yardage in support. After several phases the ball was recycled with centre Becca Cottam guilty of fumbling the ball with the line at her mercy.
The pressure was building on the visitors' line-Beth Sheen was scragged just short for Swansea and it was a case of when, not if, Swansea would score with Perry on hand to dart over.
The hosts' lead was soon doubled after the centre partnership of Cottam and Nicola Jones combined well with the latter touching down.
It was one way traffic now as Plymouth struggled to get out of their own 22 let alone their half and Swansea were soon adding to their tally first through Shelton and then prop Stephanie Evans.
With Plymouth unable to clear their lines, another Swansea score before the break was inevitable and came through Shelton as the flanker showed great strength to barge over from five yards out.
The second half began as the first had ended with Swansea well on top and when Griffiths converted her own score, the match was all but over as a contest.
With the match won Swansea’s structure began to fade and they failed to do the basics correctly with forced offloads, dropped passes and turnovers blighting their game.
The English outfit continued to battle hard-Robinson broke from 60 metres out and only a brilliant last ditch tackle from Griffiths was able to deny her.
Plymouth now had their tails up and began to press for a consolation - winger India Roberts was held up but the visitors eventually got their reward when Molly Humphries drove over the Swansea whitewash.
Swansea should have had the final say but were unable to find the final pass, with support play a real issue as players began to flag.
Despite the game fizzling out, prop Evans did produce one moment of magic with a hand off and step to elude a number of defenders before being tackled.
Swansea host Bristol University next Wednesday and with Welsh Varsity rivals Cardiff in the same league as the Green and Whites, this year all eyes will be on that derby on November 19.

Player of the Match: Lydia Shelton (Swansea University)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

British & Irish Cup Round 2 – Predictions

Pool 1 – Connacht v Pontypridd (Sunday, 2pm)

Pontypridd put last season's agonising semi-final defeat to Leinster A behind them with a win over London Scottish on the opening weekend. Connacht shipped a half-century of points away to Bristol. Connacht have beaten Welsh opposition twice in six attempts in the B&I Cup, with victories over Cross Keys and Llanelli in 2012 and 2013 respectively. They have never played Pontypridd before though.

Prediction: Pontypridd by 15 points


Pool 2 - Rotherham Titans v Aberavon (Saturday, 3pm)

Tries from Alex Rieder and Jack Preece saw Rotherham open this year's competition with a 20-3 win against Yorkshire Carnegie in Scarborough, while a brace of tries from Wales U20s No.8 Robert Dudley-Jones helped Aberavon pulled off a shock 18-14 win over Ulster's second string. Rotherham won both at home and away when they played Aberavon in the 2012/13 edition of the B&I Cup. After a narrow four-point victory in Port Talbot, the Titans turned on the style to win 49-7 in the return match at Clifton Lane.

Prediction: Rotherham by 10 points


Pool 4 – Bedford Blues v Cross Keys (Saturday, 3pm)

Both Bedford and Cross Keys, two former finalists, began their campaigns with defeats. Blues' on-loan fly half Steffan Jones will know all there is to know about Cross Keys having turned out for the Welsh Premiership side on a number of occasions in recent years. Jones arrived from Newport Gwent Dragons in the summer and wore the number 10 jersey in the opening round loss against the Pirates.

Prediction: Bedford Blues by 2 points


Pool 5 – Carmarthen Quins v Plymouth Albion (Saturday, 2.30pm)

Welsh Premiership high-flyers Carmarthen Quins suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 37-17 by Jersey in Round 1. Quins trailed 17-0 at the break before restoring some pride with a strong second-half showing. Plymouth also showed real character in going down to a 31-24 home defeat to Leinster A, outscoring the defending champions four tries to three to take two bonus points from the game.

Prediction: Carmarthen Quins by 7 points


Quins rocked by double departure

CARMARTHEN QUINS remain united despite being rocked by the recent resignations of two club officials after a row over selection for the British & Irish Cup.

Chairman Dorian Taylor and club secretary Don Davies have both quit due to regional influence over the Quins’ campaign – with the Scarlets using the competition to field a largely development XV containing contracted regional and academy players.

Both felt that, having qualified for the group stages, it should in fact be the Premiership side representing the  region – with help from the Scarlets – as is the case with the other three Welsh sides in the competition.

Pontypridd, Aberavon and Cross Keys are also staging all their games on their own grounds, whereas only one of the Quins’ three group games will be played at Carmarthen Park – against holders Leinster A on October 25.

This weekend’s clash with Plymouth is being staged at Parc y Scarlets with the final group game against Jersey on December 13 taking place at Llandovery’s Church Bank.

Just four Carmarthen regulars started the 37-17 Pool Five defeat at Jersey last weekend, with nine players who normally represent Llanelli and two from Llandovery – making up the rest of the side.

However club official Alan Bowen says that, although the departure of two long-standing club stalwarts is regrettable, he feels the furore has been “blown out of all proportion.”

“It’s a pity that it has come to this,” said Bowen.

“We’ve had two serious committee meetings about the matter and the majority – 90 per cent – are in agreement with what the Scarlets are trying to do.

“But, unfortunately, some are not so have taken the decision to step down.

“We’ve got such a good relationship with the Scarlets and we thought it’s not worth jeopardising that for this competition.

“Everybody realises you have to have a parent club and, like everyone else in the division, the regions let us use some of their players. The whole division has prospered from it.

“We certainly wouldn’t be where were are now without the Scarlets and that’s why the system was introduced in the first place – with the talent developing through the academies to the Premiership and then on to the regions and it’s working well.”

CARMARTHENSHIRE PENSIONER SET FOR TURKEY TEST

A retired consulting engineer from Burry Port will be the elder statesman in the Golfplan Insurance PGA Pro-Captain Challenge final in Turkey.

PGA Professional Martin Stimson (right) and club captain Martin Hale (left). Picture courtesy of Scott Heavey at Getty Images

Ashburnham captain Martin Hale, 73, qualified to play in the showpiece after partnering his club’s PGA Professional Martin Stimson to victory in the regional qualifier at Bowood.

The life-long Scarlets fan nailed the decisive blow, hitting a nett eagle on the 16th hole to take the pair two shots clear of closest challengers Chris Gill and Brian Anderson from Newquay.

He and Stimson will now tee up for the Canopius-supported event, which will take place over the PGA Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club on November 26-27 and carries a total prize fund of £25,000.

It will not be a first golfing appearance on foreign soil for the proud Welshman, who frequently travels to France to play golf with friends.

But he has never before played the game in Turkey, having previously visited the country’s Mediterranean coast once on holiday.

“I don’t know too much about the course, but I have done a bit of research on the internet since we qualified,” Hale, who plays off a handicap of 10, admitted.

“In the UK I tend to play mainly at Ashburnham, but I do enjoy going abroad to play.

“I like golf courses in France - we go over there quite a lot. There is something really nice about the French courses.

“I don’t think experiences like that necessarily give any advantages when it comes to going over to Turkey though.

“I never really feel too confident going into tournaments, but I’m sure Martin will have a good couple of days and we’ll be okay.”

PGA Professional Stimson has represented Ashburnham for the last seven years, having rejoined the club he completed his training with in the nineties.

He is the first pro in the club’s history to represent the Carmarthenshire venue in the Pro-Captain Challenge, and is relishing the opportunity.

“I’m definitely more of a club pro than a playing professional, and really enjoy spending my time here at Ashburnham,” he explained.

“I’ve been here a while now, I originally learned my trade at the Ash and I want to do well for the club out in Turkey.

“I’ll have a chat with Martin before we fly out but I know he’ll be great. We just need to repeat the kind of performance we put in at Bowood and we’ll have every chance.”

British & Irish Cup round 2 preview

Bristol Rugby set a new attendance record for a British & Irish Cup match with a crowd of 7,640 turning up at Ashton Gate on Sunday to see the Greene King IPA Championship pacesetters maintain their winning start to the season with a 50-34 victory against Connacht Eagles.

It was also a day for Olly Robinson to remember as he scored a hat-trick on his competitive debut for the West Country club.

Bristol feature in one of three all-Championship tie in Round 2 when they take on London Scottish at The Athletic Ground on Saturday afternoon. Elsewhere, Moseley host Nottingham and Doncaster Knights get an early chance to avenge their league loss to the Cornish Pirates earlier this month when they host the Duchy outfit at Castle Park for the second time in a fortnight.

Pontypridd and Aberavon, the two Welsh sides to enjoy winning starts, are both on their travels in Round 2 – to Connacht and Rotherham respectively. Cross Keys are on the road too, with a trip to Bedford, while Carmarthen Quins are at home to struggling Plymouth Albion.

Of the four Irish provinces only Munster A are drawn away in Round 2, Mick O'Driscoll's side facing a tough trip to Worcester. Connacht Eagles, Ulster Ravens and Leinster A all enjoy home advantage.

POOL 1
Connacht Eagles v Pontypridd, Sunday October 19, KO 14:30
Pontypridd put last season's agonising semi-final defeat to Leinster A behind them with a win over London Scottish on the opening weekend. Connacht shipped a half-century of points away to Bristol. Connacht have beaten Welsh opposition twice in six attempts in the B&I Cup, with victories over Cross Keys and Llanelli in 2012 and 2013 respectively. They have never played Pontypridd before though.

London Scottish v Bristol Rugby, Saturday October 18, KO 15:00
Bristol remain unbeaten this season after their clinical eight-try display against the Eagles in Round 1. Scottish claimed a losing bonus point away to Pontypridd for the second season running. All seven Championship meetings between these sides have gone the way of Bristol, the West Country side averaging 37 points per game during that period.

Results
Bristol Rugby 50 Connacht Eagles 34
Pontypridd 23 London Scottish 17


POOL 2
Ulster Ravens v Yorkshire Carnegie, Saturday October 18, KO 14:00
Both the Ravens and Yorkshire Carnegie will be looking to set the record straight after beginning their B&I Cup campaigns with disappointing losses. Yorkshire Carnegie have yet to beat an Irish side in the B&I Cup, losing two and drawing one of their three fixtures against Leinster A. Carnegie's most recent trip to the Emerald Isle came in the final of last year's competition when they were beaten 44-17 by the Dublin-based province. In full-back David McIlwaine, Carnegie have a product of the Ulster academy in their ranks.

Rotherham Titans v Aberavon, Saturday October 18, KO 15:00
Tries from Alex Rieder and Jack Preece saw Rotherham open this year's competition with a 20-3 win against Yorkshire Carnegie in Scarborough, while a brace of tries from Wales U20s No.8 Robert Dudley-Jones helped Aberavon pulled off a shock 18-14 win over Ulster's second string. Rotherham won both at home and away when they played Aberavon in the 2012/13 edition of the B&I Cup. After a narrow four-point victory in Port Talbot, the Titans turned on the style to win 49-7 in the return match at Clifton Lane.

Results
Aberavon 18 Ulster Ravens 14
Yorkshire Carnegie 3 Rotherham Titans 20


POOL 3
Moseley v Nottingham Rugby, Saturday October 18, KO 15:00
Moseley ended an 11-game losing streak at this level against Nottingham when they won 29-15 at Billesley Common in the Championship in November last year. Moseley have won exactly half of the 12 all-Championship ties they have featured in since the B&I Cup was launched. Moseley and Nottingham both picked up losing bonus points in Round 1.

Worcester Warriors v Munster A, Saturday October 18, KO 15:00
Two tries from Dean Hammond and 16 points from the boot of fly-half Tiff Eden got the Warriors get off to a winning start against Nottingham, while Mick O'Driscoll's Munster edged out Moseley 27-21 to share top spot in Pool 3. Worcester suffered a 38-23 defeat to Leinster A on the only other occasion they have faced Irish opposition in the B&I Cup.

Results
Munster A 27 Moseley 21
Nottingham Rugby 19 Worcester 26


POOL 4
Doncaster Knights v Cornish Pirates, Saturday October 18, KO 14:30
Pirates won on Yorkshire soil for the first time in two-and-a-half years when they came away from their last visit to Castle Park, in Round 5 of the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship, with a 24-22 victory. Pirates head north with five points in the bag after a thrilling 35-34 victory against Bedford in Round 1. Doncaster turned in an impressive display too, collecting maximum points from their trip to Cross Keys.

Bedford Blues v Cross Keys, Saturday October 18, KO 15:00
Both Bedford and Cross Keys, two former finalists, began their campaigns with defeats. Blues' on-loan fly half Steffan Jones will know all there is to know about Cross Keys having turned out for the Welsh Premiership side on a number of occasions in recent years. Jones arrived from Newport Gwent Dragons in the summer and wore the number 10 jersey in the opening round loss against the Pirates.

Results
Cornish Pirates 35 Bedford Blues 34
Cross Keys 32 Doncaster 37


POOL 5
Carmarthen Quins v Plymouth Albion, Saturday October 18, KO 14:30
Welsh Premiership high-flyers Carmarthen Quins suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 37-17 by Jersey in Round 1. Quins trailed 17-0 at the break before restoring some pride with a strong second-half showing. Plymouth also showed real character in going down to a 31-24 home defeat to Leinster A, outscoring the defending champions four tries to three to take two bonus points from the game.

Leinster A v Jersey, Friday October 17, KO 19:30
Considering their poor overall record in the B&I Cup, Jersey are surprisingly good starters in the cross-border competition. Saturday's bonus-point win against Carmarthen Quins means they have not lost in the opening round since entering the fold in 2012/13. They drew with a strong Pontypridd outfit in their first year of competition and 12 months on beat Ayr 28-16. Friday night's trip to the two-time champions will provide a serious test of their mettle though.

Results
Jersey 37 Carmarthen Quins 17
Plymouth Albion 24 Leinster A 31