2013–14 British and Irish Cup

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2013–14 British and Irish Cup
Tournament details
Countries  England
Ireland Ireland
 Scotland
 Wales
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and knockout
Date 11 October 2013 — 23 May 2014
Tournament statistics
Teams 24
Matches played 79
Attendance 93,761 (1,187 per match)
Tries scored 477 (6.04 per match)
Top point scorer(s) Cathal Marsh (Leinster A)
(100 points)[1]
Top try scorer(s) Aaron Warren (Llanelli)
(9 tries)[2]
Final
Venue Donnybrook
Attendance 1,400
Champions Ireland Leinster A (2nd title)
Runner-up England Leeds Carnegie
2012–13 (Previous) (Next) 2014–15

The 2013–14 British and Irish Cup was the fifth season of the annual rugby union competition for second tier, semi-professional clubs from Britain and Ireland. Leinster A were the defending champions having won the 2012–13 Final with a 78th minute penalty by Noel Reid to beat Newcastle Falcons 18–17 at their home ground Kingston Park.[3][4] There has been four different winners and four different losing finalists of the competition in the first four seasons of its existence.

The format of the competition has been changed once again, with Welsh participation being reduced to just four teams (down from 12 in the previous season). The Welsh teams were selected based on regional play-offs involving the 2013–14 Premier Division clubs at the start of the season. This process yielded Pontypridd to represent the Cardiff Blues Region, Cross Keys to represent the Dragons Region, Aberavon to represent the Ospreys Region, and Llanelli to represent the Scarlets Region.

Matches in the competition proper were played on the same weekends as the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup. First round matches began on 11 October 2013 and the final was held on 23 May 2014. Leinster A beat Leeds Carnegie 44 – 17 in the final and retained the cup they won in the previous season – the first team to win the cup for a second time.[5][6]

Teams[edit]

The allocation of teams was as follows:

England England Ireland Ireland Scotland Scotland Wales Wales
Bedford Blues
Bristol
Cornish Pirates
Ealing Trailfinders
Jersey[a]
Leeds Carnegie
London Scottish
London Welsh
Moseley
Nottingham
Plymouth Albion
RotherhamTitans
Connacht Eagles
Leinster A
Munster A
Ulster Ravens
Ayr
Edinburgh Academicals
Gala
Stirling County
Aberavon
Cross Keys
Llanelli
Pontypridd

Welsh qualification[edit]

Welsh participation was reduced from 12 teams (in the previous season) to just four. The Welsh teams were selected based on regional play-offs involving the 2013–14 Premier Division clubs at the start of the season.[7] Teams gained home advantage depending upon their finishing position at the end of the 2012–13 season. For example, in the Cardiff Blues region, Cardiff RFC (8th in the 2012-13 Welsh Premier Division) traveled to Sardis Road to play Pontypridd RFC (1st).[8] Likewise, Llanelli RFC (3rd) hosted Carmarthen Quins RFC (6th) with the winner (Llanelli) travelling to Llandovery RFC (2nd) to contest the right to represent the Scarlets region.[9]

Cardiff Blues Region[edit]

7 September 2013
14:30
Pontypridd (1) 22 – 19 (8) Cardiff
Pontypridd
Cardiff
Sardis Road, Pontypridd[10]
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Neil Hennessey (WRU)
  • The winner of the Cardiff Blues Region, Pontypridd, will play in Pool 2.[11]

Dragons Region[edit]

31 August 2013
14:30
Cross Keys (5) 39 – 17 (7) Newport
Cross Keys
Newport
7 September 2013
14:30
Bedwas (4) 13 – 45 (5) Cross Keys
Bedwas
Cross Keys
The Bridge Field, Bedwas[13]
Referee: Gwyn Morris (WRU)
  • The winner of the Dragons Region, Cross Keys, will play in Pool 1.[11]

Ospreys Region[edit]

30 August 2013
19:30
Neath (10) 15 – 17 (11) Bridgend Ravens
Neath
Bridgend
The Gnoll, Neath[14]
Referee: Gwyn Morris (WRU)
31 August 2013
14:30
Aberavon (9) 15 – 8 (12) Swansea
Aberavon
Swansea
Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot[15]
Attendance: 750
Referee: Neil Hennessy (WRU)
7 September 2013
14:30
Aberavon (9) 35 – 26 (11) Bridgend Ravens
Aberavon
Bridgend Ravens
Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot[15]
Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU)
  • The winner of the Ospreys Region, Aberavon, will play in Pool 5.[11]

Scarlets Region[edit]

1 September 2013
14:30
Llanelli (3) 16 – 15 (6) Carmarthen Quins
Llanelli
Carmarthen
7 September 2013
14:30
Llandovery (2) 20 – 26 (3) Llanelli
Llandovery
Llanelli
  • The winner of the Scarlets Region, Llanelli, will play in Pool 3.[11]

Competition format[edit]

The competition format is a pool stage followed by a knockout stage. The pool stage consists of six pools of four teams playing home and away matches. The top side in each pool, plus the two best runners-up, will progress to the knockout stage. The eight quarter-finalists will be ranked, with teams ranked 1-4 having home advantage. The four winning quarter finalists will progress to the semi-final draw.[7] Matches will take place on the same weekends as the Heineken and Amlin Cups.

Pool stages[edit]

The fixture weekends have been announced.[18]

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
Ireland Leinster A 6 6 0 0 171 70 101 22 5 3 0 27
Wales Cross Keys 6 3 0 3 105 133 -28 13 19 2 0 14
England Moseley 6 2 0 4 128 115 13 14 13 1 3 12
England Ealing Trailfinders 6 1 0 5 77 163 -86 9 21 0 1 5
Source : www.wru.co.uk Updated: 19 January 2014
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
12 October 2013
14:30
(BP) Leinster A Ireland 49 – 8 England Ealing Trailfinders
Leinster
Ealing
Donnybrook
Attendance: 1,077
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
12 October 2013
15:00
Cross Keys Wales 20 – 16 England Moseley (BP)
Cross Keys
Moseley
Pandy Park, Crosskeys
Attendance: 512
Referee: Stuart Gaffkin (IRFU)

19 October 2013
15:00
Ealing Trailfinders England 15 – 24 Wales Cross Keys (BP)
Ealing
Cross Keys
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 391
Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)
19 October 2013
15:00
(BP) Moseley England 22 – 24 Ireland Leinster A
Moseley
Leinster
Billesley Common
Attendance: 626
Referee: Claudio Bessano (FIR)

6 December 2013
19:30
Moseley England 28 – 10 England Ealing Trailfinders
Moseley
Ealing
Billesley Common
Attendance: 704
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)
7 December 2013
14:30
(BP) Leinster A Ireland 31 – 0 Wales Cross Keys
Leinster
Cross Keys
Donnybrook
Attendance: 1,250
Referee: Tom Foley (IRFU)

13 December 2013
19:45
Ealing Trailfinders England 21 – 18 England Moseley (BP)
Ealing
Moseley
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 496
Referee: Greg MacDonald (RFU)
14 December 2013
15:00
Cross Keys Wales 14 – 30 Ireland Leinster A (BP)
Cross Keys
Leinster
Pandy Park, Crosskeys
Attendance: 327
Referee: Simon Harding (RFU)

10 January 2014
18:00
Leinster A Ireland 23 – 13 England Moseley
Leinster
Moseley
Donnybrook
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Daniel Jones (WRU)
  • This win secured Leinster's qualification to the knock out stages.[19]
11 January 2014
15:00
(BP) Cross Keys Wales 30 – 10 England Ealing Trailfinders
Cross Keys
Ealing
Pandy Park, Crosskeys
Attendance: 300
Referee: Matthew O'Grady (RFU)

17 January 2014
19:45
(BP) Ealing Trailfinders England 13 – 14 Ireland Leinster A
Ealing
Leinster
Trailfinders Sports Ground
Attendance: 598
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)
18 January 2014
14:00
(BP) Moseley England 31 – 17 Wales Cross Keys
Moseley
Cross Keys
Billesley Common
Attendance: 528
Referee: Mark Connelly (IRFU)

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
Wales Pontypridd 6 4 0 2 196 107 89 27 13 3 2 21
England London Scottish 6 4 0 2 183 120 63 21 13 3 2 21
England London Welsh 6 4 0 2 201 119 82 24 11 2 2 20
Scotland Edinburgh Academicals 6 0 0 6 55 289 -234 7 42 0 0 0
Source : www.wru.co.uk Updated: 19 January 2014
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
12 October 2013
14:30
(BP) London Welsh England 26 – 32 England London Scottish
Welsh
Scottish
Monks Lane, Newbury
Attendance: 812
Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)
12 October 2013
15:00
Edinburgh Academicals Scotland 13 – 53 Wales Pontypridd (BP)
Edinburgh
Pontypridd
Raeburn Place
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Steve Lee (RFU)

19 October 2013
14:30
(BP) Pontypridd Wales 29 – 22 England London Welsh (BP)
Pontypridd
Welsh
Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Attendance: 3,400
Referee: Kieran Barry (IRFU)
19 October 2013
15:00
(BP) London Scottish England 55 – 19 Scotland Edinburgh Academicals
Scottish
Edinburgh
Richmond Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,272
Referee: David Jones (WRU)

7 December 2013
14:00
(BP) London Welsh England 73 – 10 Scotland Edinburgh Academicals
Welsh
Edinburgh
Old Deer Park
Attendance: 971
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
7 December 2013
14:30
Pontypridd Wales 27 – 20 England London Scottish (BP)
Pontypridd
Scottish
Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)

14 December 2013
14:00
Edinburgh Academicals Scotland 7 – 33 England London Welsh (BP)
Edinburgh
Welsh
Raeburn Place
Attendance: 501
Referee: Stuart Gaffikin (IRFU)
14 December 2013
15:00
(BP) London Scottish England 26 – 21 Wales Pontypridd (BP)
Scottish
Pontypridd
Richmond Athletic Ground
Attendance: 1,238
Referee: Ross Campbell (RFU)

11 January 2014
14:00
Edinburgh Academicals Scotland 6 – 32 England London Scottish (BP)
Edinburgh
Scottish
Raeburn Place
Attendance: 475
Referee: Nigel Correll (IRFU)
11 January 2014
14:00
London Welsh England 26 – 23 Wales Pontypridd (BP)
Welsh
Pontypridd
Kassam Stadium
Attendance: 1,348
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)

18 January 2014
14:00
(BP) London Scottish England 18 – 21 England London Welsh
Scottish
Welsh
Richmond Athletic Ground
Attendance: 2,485
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)
18 January 2014
14:00
(BP) Pontypridd Wales 43 – 0 Scotland Edinburgh Academicals
Pontypridd
Sardis Road, Pontypridd
Attendance: 2,150
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
England Rotherham Titans 6 5 0 1 168 96 72 20 9 2 1 23
Wales Llanelli 6 2 0 4 185 110 75 23 12 2 4 14
England Bedford Blues 6 2 0 4 137 141 -4 20 18 3 1 12
Ireland Connacht Eagles 6 3 0 3 85 228 -143 8 32 0 0 12
Source : www.wru.co.uk Updated: 19 January 2014
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
12 October 2013
14:00
(BP) Llanelli Wales 76 – 14 Ireland Connacht Eagles
Llanelli
Connacht
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Attendance: 300
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)
12 October 2013
15:00
Rotherham Titans England 12 – 11 England Bedford Blues (BP)
Rotherham
Bedford
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 875
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

19 October 2013
14:30
Connacht Eagles Ireland 27 – 25 England Rotherham Titans (BP)
Connacht
Rotherham
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 468
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)
19 October 2013
15:00
(BP) Bedford Blues England 29 – 24 Wales Llanelli (BP)
Bedford
Llanelli
Goldington Road
Attendance: 2,603
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

7 December 2013
14:00
(BP) Llanelli Wales 16 – 20 England Rotherham Titans
Llanelli
Rotherham
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Attendance: 875
Referee: Kieran Barry (IRFU)
7 December 2013
14:30
Connacht Eagles Ireland 17 – 8 England Bedford Blues
Connacht
Bedford
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 150
Referee: Graeme Wells (SRU)

14 December 2013
14:00
(BP) Bedford Blues England 50 – 12 Ireland Connacht Eagles
Bedford
Connacht
Goldington Road
Attendance: 1,767
Referee: Daniel Jones (WRU)
14 December 2013
14:00
Rotherham Titans England 20 – 15 Wales Llanelli (BP)
Rotherham
Llanelli
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 935
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)

11 January 2014
14:00
(BP) Rotherham Titans England 59 – 3 Ireland Connacht Eagles
Rotherham
Connacht
Clifton Lane
Attendance: 1,102
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)
  • Rotherham qualified for the knockout stages with this win as their nearest rivals, Llanelli, cannot overtake them.
11 January 2014
15:00
(BP) Llanelli Wales 44 – 15 England Bedford Blues
Llanelli
Bedford
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Attendance: 400
Referee: Sean Gallagher (IRFU)

18 January 2014
14:00
(BP) Bedford Blues England 24 – 32 England Rotherham Titans (BP)
Bedford
Rotherham
Goldington Road
Attendance: 1,944
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
18 January 2014
14:00
Connacht Eagles Ireland 12 – 10 Wales Llanelli (BP)
Connacht
Llanelli
Sportsgrounds
Attendance: 100[20]
Referee: Matthew O'Grady (RFU)

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
England Plymouth Albion 6 5 0 1 165 77 88 21 7 3 0 23
Ireland Munster A 6 5 0 1 147 70 77 20 5 3 0 23
England Nottingham 6 2 0 4 137 130 7 13 16 1 1 10
Scotland Stirling County 6 0 0 6 49 221 -172 7 33 0 0 0
Source : www.wru.co.uk Updated: 19 January 2014
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
11 October 2013
19:45
Plymouth Albion England 28 – 9 England Nottingham
Plymouth
Nottingham
The Brickfields
Attendance: 967
Referee: Nigel Correll (IRFU)
12 October 2013
17:00
(BP) Munster A Ireland 39 – 8 Scotland Stirling County
Munster
Stirling
Bandon RFC
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)

18 October 2013
20:00
(BP) Nottingham England 16 – 17 Ireland Munster A
Nottingham
Munster
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 1,532
Referee: Simon Rees (WRU)
19 October 2013
15:00
Stirling County Scotland 12 – 38 England Plymouth Albion (BP)
Stirling
Plymouth
Bridgehaugh
Attendance: 625
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

6 December 2013
19:45
Plymouth Albion England 17 – 7 Ireland Munster A
Plymouth
Munster
The Brickfields
Attendance: 1,473
Referee: James McPhail (SRU)
7 December 2013
15:00
Stirling County Scotland 7 – 50 England Nottingham (BP)
Stirling
Nottingham
Bridgehaugh
Attendance: 600
Referee: Daniel Jones (WRU)

13 December 2013
19:30
Munster A Ireland 23 – 9 England Plymouth Albion
Munster
Plymouth
Waterford Regional Sports Centre
Attendance: 420
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)
13 December 2013
20:00
Nottingham England 24 – 14 Scotland Stirling County
Nottingham
Stirling
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 967
Referee: Nigel Correll (IRFU)

10 January 2014
19:30
(BP) Munster A Ireland 30 – 15 England Nottingham
Munster
Nottingham
St Mary's RFC, Limerick
Attendance: 1,250
Referee: Vlad Iordachescu (RRF)
10 January 2014
19:45
(BP) Plymouth Albion England 39 – 3 Scotland Stirling County
Plymouth
Stirling
The Brickfields
Attendance: 1,125
Referee: Stuart Gaffiken (IRFU)

18 January 2014
13:00
Nottingham England 23 – 34 England Plymouth Albion (BP)
Nottingham
Plymouth
Meadow Lane
Attendance: 670
Referee: John Meredith (RFU)
18 January 2014
14:00
Stirling County Scotland 5 – 31 Ireland Munster A (BP)
Stirling
Munster
Bridgehaugh
Attendance: 650
Referee: Fergus Kirby (RFU)

Pool 5[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
England Leeds Carnegie 6 5 0 1 269 77 192 40 11 4 1 25
England Bristol 6 5 0 1 261 62 199 41 6 3 1 24
Wales Aberavon 6 2 0 4 72 281 -209 8 42 0 0 8
Scotland Gala 6 0 0 6 54 236 -182 5 35 0 1 1
Source : www.wru.co.uk Updated: 19 January 2014
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
12 October 2013
19:00
Gala Scotland 17 – 31 Wales Aberavon
Gala
Aberavon
Netherdale
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: David Procter (RFU)
13 October 2013
15:00
Bristol England 21 – 17 England Leeds Carnegie (BP)
Bristol
Leeds
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,648
Referee: Maiteo Liperini (FIR)

19 October 2013
14:30
Aberavon Wales P – P England Bristol
  • This match was abandoned after 69 minutes when a large hole appeared in the pitch due to a collapsed drain.[21][22] Bristol were leading 20 – 24 at this point. The match was ordered to be replayed at Talbot Athletic Ground before the conclusion of the pool stages on a date suitable to both clubs.[23]
20 October 2013
14:30
Leeds Carnegie England 86 – 8 Scotland Gala
Leeds
Gala
Clifton Park, York RUFC[24]
Attendance: 1,037
Referee: Steve Lee (RFU)

7 December 2013
14:30
Aberavon Wales 22 – 41 England Leeds Carnegie (BP)
Aberavon
Leeds
Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot
Attendance: 900
Referee: Simon Harding (RFU)
8 December 2013
14:00
(BP) Bristol England 62 – 7 Scotland Gala
Bristol
Gala
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 2,201
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

10 December 2013
19:30
Aberavon Wales 0 – 78 England Bristol (BP)
Aberavon
Bristol
Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot
Attendance: 250
Referee: Wayne Davies (WRU)

14 December 2013
14:00
(BP) Leeds Carnegie England 72 – 0 Wales Aberavon
Leeds
Aberavon
Brantingham Park, Hull Ionians RUFC[24]
Attendance: 471
Referee: Eddie Hogan-O’Connell (IRFU)
14 December 2013
15:00
Gala Scotland 6 – 17 England Bristol
Gala
Bristol
Netherdale
Attendance: 397
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

11 January 2014
15:00
Gala Scotland 7 – 29 England Leeds Carnegie (BP)
Gala
Leeds
Netherdale
Attendance: 546
Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
12 January 2014
15:00
(BP) Bristol England 64 – 8 Wales Aberavon
Bristol
Aberavon
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,044
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)

18 January 2014
14:00
Aberavon Wales 11 – 9 Scotland Gala (BP)
Aberavon
Gala
Talbot Athletic Ground, Port Talbot
Attendance: 650
Referee: David Procter (RFU)
18 January 2014
14:00
Leeds Carnegie England 24 – 19 England Bristol (BP)
Leeds
Bristol
Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 1,013
Referee: Kieran Barry (IRFU)

Pool 6[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
England Cornish Pirates 6 5 0 1 193 95 98 25 9 4 1 25
Ireland Ulster Ravens 6 3 0 3 147 175 -28 18 22 1 0 13
Jersey Jersey 6 2 0 4 117 128 -11 14 16 2 2 12
Scotland Ayr 6 2 0 4 123 182 -59 15 25 1 1 10
Source : www.wru.co.uk Updated: 19 January 2014
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
11 October 2013
19:45
(BP) Cornish Pirates England 34 – 17 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Pirates
Ulster
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,326
Referee: Tom Foley (RFU)
12 October 2013
15:00
(BP) Jersey Jersey 28 – 16 Scotland Ayr
Jersey
Ayr
St. Peter
Attendance: 1,854
Referee: Daniel Jones (WRU)

18 October 2013
19:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 24 – 19 Jersey Jersey (BP)
Ulster
Jersey
Ravenhill
Attendance: 1,755
Referee: Simon Harding (RFU)
19 October 2013
15:00
Ayr Scotland 10 – 53 England Cornish Pirates (BP)
Ayr
Pirates
Millbrae
Attendance: 550
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)

7 December 2013
14:30
(BP) Ayr Scotland 41 – 22 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Ayr
Ulster
Millbrae
Attendance: 450
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)
7 December 2013
19:00
(BP) Cornish Pirates England 31 – 20 Jersey Jersey
Pirates
Jersey
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,223
Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)

13 December 2013
19:30
(BP) Ulster Ravens Ireland 38 – 21 Scotland Ayr
Ulster
Deramore Park, Belfast Harlequins
Attendance: 400
Referee: David Procter (RFU)
14 December 2013
15:00
Jersey Jersey 0 – 24 England Cornish Pirates (BP)
Jersey
Pirates
St. Peter
Attendance: 1,638
Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)
  • Cornish Pirates qualified for the knockout stages after this win.

11 January 2014
15:00
(BP) Jersey Jersey 37 – 19 Ireland Ulster Ravens
Jersey
Ulster
St. Peter
Attendance: 1,628
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)
12 January 2014
15:00
Cornish Pirates England 28 – 21 Scotland Ayr (BP)
Pirates
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 1,027
Referee: David Proctor (RFU)

17 January 2014
19:30
Ulster Ravens Ireland 27 – 23 England Cornish Pirates (BP)
Ulster
Pirates
Deramore Park, Belfast Harlequins
Attendance: 500
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)
18 January 2014
14:00
Ayr Scotland 14 – 13 Jersey Jersey (BP)
Ayr
Jersey
Millbrae
Attendance: 580
Referee: James McPhail (SRU)

Knock-out stages[edit]

Qualifiers[edit]

The six pool winners, and the two best runners-up, proceed to the knock out stages. The ranking criteria of the quarter finalists has been altered slightly from earlier seasons. Previously, the six pool winners were seeded 1-6 and the two runners up as 7 and 8. This meant that the best runners-up were automatically ranked 7 and 8 even if they had a better playing record than some of the teams ranked 1-6. This is no longer the case.[25]

There was a draw for the quarter-final stage, which took place on 27 January 2014. The top four seeds (Leinster A, Leeds Carnegie, Cornish Pirates and Bristol) will have home advantage.[26]

Teams are ranked by

1. Competition Points (4 for a win, 2 for a draw, etc.)
2. where Competition Points are equal, greatest number of wins
3. where the number of wins are equal, aggregate points difference
4. where the aggregate points difference are equal, greatest number of points scored

There are further criteria that can be applied if necessary.[25]

Club P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
Pool 1 winner Ireland Leinster A 6 6 0 0 171 70 101 22 5 3 0 27
Pool 5 winner England Leeds Carnegie 6 5 0 1 269 77 192 40 11 4 1 25
Pool 6 winner England Cornish Pirates 6 5 0 1 193 95 98 25 9 4 1 25
Pool 5 runner-up England Bristol 6 5 0 1 261 62 199 41 6 3 1 24
Pool 4 winner England Plymouth Albion 6 5 0 1 165 77 88 21 7 3 0 23
Pool 4 runner-up Ireland Munster A 6 5 0 1 147 70 77 20 5 3 0 23
Pool 3 winner England Rotherham Titans 6 5 0 1 168 96 72 20 9 2 1 23
Pool 2 winner Wales Pontypridd 6 4 0 2 196 107 89 27 13 3 2 21
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
5 April 2014 – Mennaye Field        
  England Cornish Pirates   14
26 April 2014 - Sardis Road[n 1]
  Wales Pontypridd   16  
  Wales Pontypridd   22
4 April 2014 – Donnybrook
      Ireland Leinster A   22  
  Ireland Leinster A   47
23 May 2014 – Donnybrook
  Ireland Munster A   15  
  Ireland Leinster A   44
4 April 2014 – Memorial Stadium    
    England Leeds Carnegie   17
  England Bristol   39
4 May 2014 – Memorial Stadium
  England Rotherham Titans   24  
  England Bristol   25
4 April 2014 – Headingley Stadium
      England Leeds Carnegie   30  
  England Leeds Carnegie   41
  England Plymouth Albion   21  
 
  1. ^ Leinster won on number of tries scored.[27]

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals was carried out on 27 January 2014.[28]

4 April 2014
19:00
Leinster A Ireland 47 – 15 Ireland Munster A
Leinster
Munster
Donnybrook
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keyes (RFU)

4 April 2014
19:45
Bristol England 39 – 24 England Rotherham Titans
Bristol
Rotherham
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,118
Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

4 April 2014
20:00
Leeds Carnegie England 41 – 21 England Plymouth Albion
Leeds
Plymouth
Headingley Stadium
Attendance: 575
Referee: Lloyd Linton (SRU)

5 April 2014
14:30
Cornish Pirates England 14–16 Wales Pontypridd
Pirates
Pontypridd
Mennaye Field
Attendance: 2,155
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

Semi-finals[edit]

The draw for the semi-finals was carried out on 27 January 2014.[28]

26 April 2014
14:30
Pontypridd Wales 22 – 22 Ireland Leinster A
Pontypridd
Leinster
Sardis Road
Attendance: 5,200
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (RFU)
  • Leinster won on tries scored.[27]

4 May 2014
15:00
Bristol England 25 – 30 England Leeds Carnegie
Bristol
Leeds
Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,832
Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU)

Final[edit]

On 14 April, it was announced that the final will be played at the home of the winner of the Pontypridd / Leinster A semi-final. This will be played on Friday 23 May, at a time to be decided.[29]

23 May 2014
19:00
Leinster A Ireland 44 – 17 England Leeds Carnegie
Leinster
Leeds
Donnybrook
Attendance: 2,024
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)

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 Horfield, Bristol, England
Ireland Connacht Eagles Sportsgrounds 9,500 Galway, Connacht, Ireland
England Cornish Pirates Mennaye Field 4,000 Penzance, Cornwall, England
Wales Cross Keys Pandy Park Unknown Crosskeys, Caerphilly County Borough, Wales
England Ealing Trailfinders Trailfinders Sports Ground Unknown West Ealing, London, England
Scotland Edinburgh Academicals Raeburn Place 5,000 Stockbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland Gala Netherdale 6,000 Galashiels, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Jersey Jersey St. Peter 5,000 Saint Peter, Jersey
England Leeds Carnegie Headingley Stadium[n 1] 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 Kassam Stadium[n 2] 12,500 Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
England Moseley Billesley Common 3,650 Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Ireland Munster A Musgrave Park[n 3] 8,300 Cork, County Cork, Ireland
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
Scotland Stirling County Bridgehaugh 4,000 Stirling, Scotland
Ireland Ulster Ravens Ravenhill[n 4] 13,500 Belfast, Ulster, Northern Ireland
Notes
  1. ^ Leeds will play two of their British and Irish Cup pool matches "on the road":[24]
  2. ^ London Welsh remained at Kassam Stadium, Oxford after demotion from the Premiership at the end of the 2012–13 season.[30] They decided to play their British and Irish Cup pool match against London Scottish at Newbury's Monks Lane as an opportunity to build upon and extend our support base in the area.[31] They also played their match against Edinburgh Academicals (7 December) at their traditional Old Deer Park home.
  3. ^ Munster A will play their British and Irish Cup pool matches in various venues around the province:[32]
  4. ^ Ulster Ravens will play some of their British and Irish Cup pool matches at Deramore Park, home of Belfast Harlequins.[33][34]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jersey is listed in the English section because they play in the English RFU Championship.

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