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Cornish Pirates still not assured of home Cup quarter-final

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

James Phillips in action for the Pirates against Ayr

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The Cornish Pirates are still not yet assured of a home quarter final in this season’s British & Irish Cup as they go into their final pool game played against Ulster Ravens in Belfast on Friday evening.

This is despite winning all five of their pool matches so far.

At the end of the pool stages, the highest ranking club in each of the six pools will be the pool winners, and together with the two best runners-up will all proceed to the quarter-finals.

The rankings are determined in accordance with certain criteria, firstly relating to acquired competition points, and those teams ranked one to four will have home advantage.

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Following their 28-21 points victory at home to Ayr on Sunday, the Pirates head Pool Six with 24 points and are also top of the leader board rankings.

Pool Five leaders Bristol (23) are second, ahead of Pool One leaders Leinster A (23) on points difference, with Leeds Carnegie (21), who are presently runners-up in Pool Five, in fourth place.

The Cornish Pirates are well placed to qualify for a home quarter-final, but it is not yet guaranteed. Cornish Pirates Head Coach Ian Davies said: “We have made a bit of an error and assumed qualification was the same as the British & Irish Cup 2011-12 competition and the Heineken Cup (ie six pool winners being seeded) but that doesn’t seem to be how it is panning out.

We go to Ulster not having secured a home quarter-final as we had thought, and this is now a massive game in the context of the remaining fixtures we have this season.”

To check out the pool tables, and to also view the present rankings, please visit www.cornish-pirates.com and click on Rugby .

The quarter-finals are scheduled to be played on the weekend April 4,5 and 6 , the semis on the weekend of May 2, 3 and 4 and the final on Friday May 23.

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