Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Cup holders face Gnoll test in last eight

PONTYPRIDD’S trip to Neath is the standout tie of the Swalec Cup quarter-finals while a Division One club will definitely be in the last four.

Neath lost 36-26 at Sardis Road in the last 16 before Pontypridd went on to lift the trophy in 2011 and were also beaten by their rivals at home in the league earlier this season.  

The All Blacks came through a tough encounter at Bridgend Athletic to make the quarters while Pontypridd were handed a walkover last Saturday when opponents Tonmawr failed to raise a team.

Newbridge were given the tie they wanted in Monday’s draw with the winner of the postponed game between Ammanford and UWIC travelling to the Welfare Ground.

There could be another all-Division One match-up at Eugene Cross Park after Ebbw Vale, who’ve beaten two Premiership sides in succession, were drawn against either Beddau or Swansea. They also have to try again after a postponement on Saturday.

In the remaining last eight game, Cross Keys host Cardiff at Pandy Park where Cornish Pirates are also the visitors in the British & Irish Cup semis.

Swalec Cup quarter-final draw;

Newbridge v Ammanford or UWIC

Cross Keys v Cardiff

Neath v Pontypridd

Ebbw Vale v Beddau or Swansea

All ties to be played on the weekend of March 24.


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