Saturday, 29 November 2014

British & Irish Cup - Quins and Ponty predictions

All Wales Sport's CARL FIELD predicts the outcome of this afternoon's British & Irish Cup clash between Leinster A and Carmarthen Quins - as well as tomorrow's clash at Ashton Gate between Bristol and Pontypridd.

Leinster A v Carmarthen Quins (Pool Five, 1pm)

Carmarthen Quins – a composite Scarlets A side in all but name – stunned holders Leinster A in round three, after coming back from 21-3 down at half-time to win 26-24.

A last-gasp try from replacement prop Ben Leung and Frazier Climo's brilliant touchline conversion clinched a terrific victory.

But the Welsh side – who are being overseen by coach Ioan Cunningham – have their work cut out if they are to repeat that feat this afternoon.

Prediction: Leinster A by 8 points

Bristol v Pontypridd (Pool One, Sunday 3pm)

This is arguably the pick of the fourth round ties as Principality Premiership champions Pontypridd head to English Championship leaders Bristol.

It’s do or die for Ponty, who have to win at Ashton Gate to have any realistic chance of progressing.

Bristol go into Sunday's match sitting top the table on 13 points with Pontypridd four points off the pace in second.

A brace of tries from David Lemi and one from Luke Baldwin saw Bristol win 24-13 in front of nearly 6,000 at Sardis Road five weeks ago.

Prediction: Bristol by 4 points


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