2011–12 British and Irish Cup

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2011–12 British and Irish Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Date September 2011 - April 2012
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 55
Attendance 48,328 (879 per match)
Tries scored 271 (4.93 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Noel Reid (Leinster A)
(80 points)[1]
Top try scorer(s) Kristian Baller (Cross Keys)
(6 tries)[2]
Final
Venue Musgrave Park, Cork
Attendance 2,500
Champions Ireland Munster A (1st title)
Runner-up Wales Cross Keys
2010–11 (Previous) (Next) 2012–13

The 2011–12 British and Irish Cup was the 3rd season of the annual rugby union competition for second tier, semi-professional clubs from Britain and Ireland. First round matches began on Wednesday 21 September 2011 and the final was held on Friday 27 April 2012.[3]

Defending champions Bristol had a very poor campaign and were unable to make it out of the pool stages. Munster A lifted the cup, comfortably defeating Cross Keys 31–12 in the final. They became the first Irish side to claim the title, and the third different side to win in the competition's three-year history.

Teams[edit]

The allocation of teams is as follows:

England England Ireland Ireland Scotland Scotland Wales Wales

Competition format[edit]

The pool stage saw a change in format and consisted of six pools of four teams playing cross-pool matches, giving each team two home and two away matches. Matches between English teams were played mid-week. Pool matches took place from 21 September to 18 December. The top team from each pool qualified for the quarter-finals, together with the two runners–up with the best records.

  • Pool 1 teams Ayr, Cornish Pirates, Moseley and Neath, played the teams in Pool 2 Bristol Rugby, Cross Keys, Plymouth Albion and Munster
  • Pool 3 teams Aberavon, Bedford Blues, Leinster and London Scottish, played the teams in Pool 4: Esher Rugby, Llanelli, London Welsh and Melrose
  • Pool 5: Currie, Doncaster, Rotherham and Pontypridd, played the teams in Pool 6: Leeds Carnegie, Nottingham Rugby, Swansea and Ulster Ravens[3][4][5]

Pool stages[edit]

Pool 1 v Pool 2[edit]

Pool 1
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
England Cornish Pirates 4 4 0 0 128 31 97 17 2 0 18
Scotland Ayr 4 2 0 2 44 72 -28 4 0 1 9
England Moseley 4 2 0 2 46 106 -60 5 1 0 9
Wales Neath 4 1 0 3 62 108 -46 6 1 0 5
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
Pool 2
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Wales Cross Keys 4 3 0 1 122 58 64 15 3 0 15
Ireland Munster A 4 3 0 1 67 22 45 6 1 1 14
England Plymouth Albion 4 1 0 3 66 91 -25 8 0 2 6
England Bristol 4 0 0 4 62 109 -47 7 0 2 2
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

[6]

21 September 2011
17:00
Cornish Pirates England 50 – 22 England Bristol
Stats
Recreation Ground
Attendance: 1,612

21 September 2011
19:30
Moseley England 29 – 25 England Plymouth Albion
Stats
Billesley Common
Attendance: 305

12 October 2011
19:45
Bristol England 10 – 14 England Moseley
Stats
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,023

12 October 2011
19:45
Plymouth Albion England 0 – 38 England Cornish Pirates
Stats
The Brickfields
Attendance: 1,425

11 November 2011
19:00
Munster A Ireland 6 – 10 England Cornish Pirates
Stats
Clonmel RFC
Attendance: 500

12 November 2011
15:00
Cross Keys Wales 42 – 3 England Moseley
Stats

12 November 2011
19:45
Plymouth Albion England 17 – 18 Scotland Ayr
Stats
The Brickfields
Attendance: 1,077

13 November 2011
15:00
Bristol England 16 – 29 Wales Neath
Stats
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,865

19 November 2011
14:30
Neath Wales 9 – 23 Ireland Munster A
Stats

19 November 2011
15:00
Ayr Scotland 7 – 32 Wales Cross Keys
Stats

10 December 2011
14:00
Munster A Ireland 9 – 3 Scotland Ayr
Stats
Tralee RFC
Attendance: 400

10 December 2011
14:30
Cross Keys Wales 45 – 18 Wales Neath
Stats

17 December 2011
14:30
Ayr Scotland 16 – 14 England Bristol
Stats

17 December 2011
15:00
Moseley England 0 – 29 Ireland Munster A
Stats
Billesley Common
Attendance: 854

17 December 2011
15:00
Neath Wales 6 – 24 England Plymouth Albion
Stats
The Gnoll
Attendance: 1,257

18 December 2011
14:00
Cornish Pirates England 30 – 3 Wales Cross Keys
Stats
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 2,259

Pool 3 v Pool 4[edit]

Pool 3
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster A 4 3 1 0 117 75 42 13 2 0 16
England Bedford Blues 4 2 1 1 137 104 33 19 1 1 12
Wales Aberavon 4 1 0 3 89 97 -8 12 1 1 6
England London Scottish 4 1 0 3 47 162 -115 4 0 0 4
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
Pool 4
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Wales Llanelli 4 2 1 1 148 66 82 16 2 1 13
England London Welsh 4 2 1 1 125 85 40 12 1 1 12
Scotland Melrose 4 2 0 2 60 95 -35 7 0 0 8
England Esher 4 1 0 3 105 144 -39 15 2 0 6
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

[6][7]

21 September 2011
19:30
London Scottish England 9 – 44 England London Welsh
Stats
Richmond Athletic Ground
Attendance: 853

21 September 2011
19:45
Bedford Blues England 62 – 30 England Esher
Stats
Goldington Road
Attendance: 1,544

12 October 2011
19:30
London Welsh England 30 – 33 England Bedford Blues
Stats
The Avenue, Sunbury
Attendance: 749

12 October 2011
19:45
Esher England 43 – 10 England London Scottish
Stats
Molesey Road
Attendance: 539

12 November 2011
14:30
London Welsh England 27 – 19 Wales Aberavon
Stats
Old Deer Park
Attendance: 840

12 November 2011
15:00
Esher England 18 – 32 Ireland Leinster A
Stats
Molesey Road
Attendance: 914

13 November 2011
14:00
Llanelli Wales 63 – 0 England London Scottish
Stats

13 November 2011
14:00
Melrose Scotland 19 – 17 England Bedford Blues
Stats
The Greenyards
Attendance: 715

19 November 2011
14:30
Aberavon Wales 22 – 47 Wales Llanelli
Stats
Talbot Athletic Ground
Attendance: 450

19 November 2011
18:00
Leinster A Ireland 42 – 20 Scotland Melrose
Stats
Donnybrook
Attendance: 685

10 December 2011
14:00
Melrose Scotland 9 – 8 Wales Aberavon
Stats
The Greenyards
Attendance: 497

11 December 2011
13:00
Llanelli Wales 13 – 19 Ireland Leinster A
Stats

17 December 2011
14:30
Aberavon Wales 40 – 14 England Esher
Stats
Talbot Athletic Ground
Attendance: 312

17 December 2011
15:00
Bedford Blues England 25 – 25 Wales Llanelli
Stats
Goldington Road
Attendance: 1,900

17 December 2011
15:00
London Scottish England 28 – 12 Scotland Melrose
Stats
Richmond Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,060

18 December 2011
14:00
Leinster A Ireland 24 – 24 England London Welsh
Stats

Pool 5 v Pool 6[edit]

Pool 5
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Wales Pontypridd 4 2 0 2 90 61 29 12 1 2 11
England Rotherham 4 1 0 3 57 76 -19 7 1 2 7
England Doncaster 4 1 0 3 76 114 -38 9 1 2 7
Scotland Currie 4 1 0 3 83 103 -20 8 1 1 6
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match
Pool 6
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Ireland Ulster Ravens 4 4 0 0 115 60 55 14 2 0 18
England Nottingham 4 4 0 0 98 79 19 10 1 0 17
England Leeds Carnegie 4 2 0 2 77 61 16 12 1 1 10
Wales Swansea 4 1 0 3 64 106 -42 6 0 1 5
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

[6]

21 September 2011
19:30
Leeds Carnegie England 17 – 3 England Rotherham
Stats

21 September 2011
19:45
Nottingham England 33 – 29 England Doncaster
Stats
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 682

12 October 2011
15:00
Rotherham England 17 – 22 England Nottingham
Stats
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 337

12 October 2011
19:30
Doncaster England 24 – 22 England Leeds Carnegie
Stats
Castle Park
Attendance: 710

11 November 2011
19:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 39 – 7 England Doncaster
Stats

12 November 2011
15:00
Swansea Wales 6 – 13 England Rotherham
Stats
St Helens
Attendance: 250

13 November 2011
15:00
Leeds Carnegie England 31 – 16 Scotland Currie
Stats

13 November 2011
15:00
Nottingham England 20 – 17 Wales Pontypridd
Stats
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 1,349

18 November 2011
19:30
Currie Scotland 13 – 28 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Stats
Malleny Park
Attendance: 652

19 November 2011
14:30
Pontypridd Wales 39 – 17 Wales Swansea
Stats
Sardis Road
Attendance: 1,400

10 December 2011
14:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 17 – 16 Wales Pontypridd
Stats

10 December 2011
15:00
Swansea Wales 21 – 38 Scotland Currie
Stats
St Helens
Attendance: 150

17 December 2011
13:30
Rotherham England 24 – 31 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Stats
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 581

17 December 2011
14:00
Doncaster England 16 – 20 Wales Swansea
Stats
Castle Park
Attendance: 1,217

17 December 2011
14:30
Pontypridd Wales 18 – 7 England Leeds Carnegie
Stats
Sardis Road
Attendance: 950

17 December 2011
15:00
Currie Scotland 16 – 23 England Nottingham
Stats
Malleny Park
Attendance: 310

Knock–out stages[edit]

Qualifiers[edit]

The six pool winners and the two best runners up proceeded to the knock out stages. The best four qualifiers (pool winners) had home advantage in the quarter finals.

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TB LB Pts
Pool 1 Winner England Cornish Pirates 4 4 0 0 128 31 97 17 2 0 18
Pool 6 Winner Ireland Ulster Ravens 4 4 0 0 115 60 55 14 2 0 18
Pool 3 Winner Ireland Leinster A 4 3 1 0 117 75 42 13 2 0 16
Pool 2 Winner Wales Cross Keys 4 3 0 1 122 58 64 15 3 0 15
Pool 4 Winner Wales Llanelli 4 2 1 1 148 66 82 16 2 1 13
Pool 5 Winner Wales Pontypridd 4 2 0 2 90 61 29 12 1 2 11
Pool 6 Runner-up England Nottingham 4 4 0 0 98 79 19 10 1 0 17
Pool 2 Runner-up Ireland Munster A 4 3 0 1 67 22 45 6 1 1 14
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
22 January 2012 – Donnybrook        
 Ireland Leinster A  32
6 April 2012 – RDS
 Wales Pontypridd  0  
 Ireland Leinster A  29
20 January 2012 – Ravenhill
     Ireland Munster A  36  
 Ireland Ulster Ravens  9
27 April 2012 – Musgrave Park
 Ireland Munster A  20  
 Ireland Munster A  31
21 January 2012 – Pandy Park    
   Wales Cross Keys  12
 Wales Cross Keys  32
7 April 2012 – Pandy Park
 Wales Llanelli  8  
 Wales Cross Keys  20
22 January 2012 – Mennaye Field
     England Cornish Pirates  16  
 England Cornish Pirates  33
 England Nottingham  3  
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

20 January 2012
19:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 9 – 20 Ireland Munster A
Pen: Jackson (3) 8', 45', 60'
Report
Stats
Try: Scanlon 31' c
Deasy 39' c
Con: Deasy (2/2)
Pen: Deasy (2) 2', 58'
Ravenhill
Referee: James Matthew (SRU)

21 January 2012
18:30
Cross Keys Wales 32 – 8 Wales Llanelli
Try: S Jones (2) 12' c, 21' c
Hodge 45' m
Trowbridge 53' c
Con: S Jones (3)
Pen: S Jones (2) 8', 53'
Report
Stats
Try: Evans 77' m
Pen: Evans 36'
Pandy Park
Attendance: 228
Referee: Paul Haycock (IRFU)

22 January 2012
14:00
Cornish Pirates England 33 – 3 England Nottingham
Try: Maidment 17' c
Short 21' c
Ward 65' m
Cooper 70' c
Cook 79' c
Con: Cook (4/5)
Report
Stats
Pen: Hallett 34'
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,492
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)

22 January 2012
14:00
Leinster A Ireland 32 – 0 Wales Pontypridd
Try: Gilsenan 14' c
Macken (2) 39' c, 53' c
Hudson 72' m
Con: Reid (3/3)
Marsh (0/1)
Pen: Reid (2) 2', 5'
Report
Stats
Donnybrook
Attendance: 780
Referee: Greg MacDonald (RFU)

Semi-finals[edit]

6 April 2012
18:00
Leinster A Ireland 29 – 36
(a.e.t.)
Ireland Munster A
Try: McGrath 45' c
Ryan 49' c
Con: Reid (2/2)
Pen: Reid (5/9) 13', 33', 57', 61', 80+10'
Report
Stats
Try: O'Mahony 51' c
O'Dea 54' c
Kilcoyne 80+9' c
Con: Deasy (3/3)
Pen: Deasy (5/7) 8', 23', 38', 64', 80+7'
Royal Dublin Society
Attendance: 4,895
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU)

7 April 2012
15:00
Cross Keys Wales 20 – 16 England Cornish Pirates
Try: Baller (2) 5' c, 50' c
Con: S. Jones (2/2)
Pen: S. Jones (2) 3', 13'
Report
Stats
Try: Penalty try 35' c
Con: Cook (1/1)
Pen: Cook (3) 29', 44', 54'
Pandy Park
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Cammy Rudkin (SRU)

Final[edit]

27 April 2012
17:30
Munster A Ireland 31 – 12 Wales Cross Keys
Try: Williams 26' c
O'Dea 43' c
Dineen 67' m
Con: Deasy (2/3)
Pen: Deasy (4/6) 3', 13', 25', 56'
Report
Stats
Pen: Tovey (4/6) 3', 6', 16', 36'
Musgrave Park
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: James Matthews (SRU)

Top scorers[edit]

Geography[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity City/Area/Country
Wales Aberavon Talbot Athletic Ground 3,000 Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
Scotland Ayr Millbrae Unknown Alloway, South Ayrshire, Scotland
England Bedford Blues Goldington Road 4,684 Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
England Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,100 Bristol, England
England Cornish Pirates Mennaye Field 3,500 Penzance, Cornwall, England
Wales Cross Keys Pandy Park Unknown Crosskeys, Caerphilly County Borough, Wales
Scotland Currie Malleny Park Unknown Balerno, Edinburgh, Scotland
England Doncaster Castle Park 3,075 Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
England Esher Molesey Road Unknown Esher, England
England Leeds Carnegie Headingley Stadium 21,062 Headingley, Leeds, England
Ireland Leinster A Donnybrook 7,000 Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Wales Llanelli Parc y Scarlets 14,870 Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
England London Scottish Richmond Athletic Ground 1,000 seat stand Richmond, London, England
England London Welsh Old Deer Park 5,850 London, England
Scotland Melrose The Greenyards Unknown Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland
England Moseley Billesley Common 3,000+ (650 seated) Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Ireland Munster A Musgrave Park 8,300 Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Wales Neath The Gnoll 7,500 Neath, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
England Nottingham Meadow Lane 19,588 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
England Plymouth Albion The Brickfields 6,500 Plymouth, Devon, England
Wales Pontypridd Sardis Road 7,861 Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales
England Rotherham Clifton Lane 2,500 Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
Wales Swansea St Helens 4,500 Swansea, Wales
Ireland Ulster A Ravenhill 12,125 Belfast, Ulster, Northern Ireland

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "British & Irish Cup Top Point Scorers". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "British & Irish Cup Top Try Scorers". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b The Cornishman 23 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Welsh clubs discover British and Irish Cup opponents". WalesOnline. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  5. ^ http://cornish-pirates.com/rugby/fixtures-and-results/british-irish-cup/
  6. ^ a b c "Ulster Rugby". Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "British & Irish Cup Tables". BBC. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 

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