Rugby on S4C
A great week of cup games on S4C
Cross Keys v Llanelli – Saturday 21 January 18:10
Cwpan Heineken – Saturday 21 January 21:35 and Sunday 22 January 19:00
Cwpan LV =: Gweilch v Dreigiau Friday 27 January 18:50
The Heineken Cup, The British and Irish Cup and the LV= Cup; there will be a feast of live rugby and highlights on S4C this week. S4C’s ‘Cup Week’ kicks off with Cross Keys v Llanelli in The British and Irish Cup quarter-finals from Pandy Park on Saturday, 21 January.
It’s a big game for both Welsh Premier League sides with a place in the semi-finals at stake. The same weekend sees Leinster ‘A’ face Pontypridd, Cornish Pirates tackle Nottingham and Ulster entertain Munster in the same competition.
It is also a key weekend in the Heineken Cup with the teams playing their final group games in a bid to seal their places in the quarter finals. S4C will show highlights of Castres v Scarlets among other games on Saturday, 21 January and Blues v Racing Metro and Biarritz v Ospreys on Sunday, 22 January.
Gareth Roberts, presenter of S4C’s Y Clwb Rygbi and Cwpan Heineken coverage says, “The British and Irish Cup has been quite successful as a competition – it’s a great platform for emerging talent in the Welsh Premiership. The mix of teams from the English RFU Championship, Scottish and Welsh club sides and the Irish region ‘A’ sides has worked well. There is talk now about expanding the tournament to include teams from developing rugby countries such as Georgia and Russia.
“Pontypridd did particularly well in the competition last year but this year they face a tough task away at Leinster. The Cross Keys v Llanelli fixture will ensure that at least one Welsh team makes it to the semi-finals. ”
The Anglo-Welsh LV= Cup returns for the third round on Friday, 27 January – and it’s a Welsh derby match between the Ospreys and Dragons which will feature live on S4C.
The LV= cup is also a platform for promising young players as we’ll see when the Ospreys and Dragons battle it out at Bridgend’s Brewery Field on Friday night.
The Dragons have won their first two games and still have a realistic chance of reaching the semis. The Ospreys have lost their first two games and it will only be pride at stake for them. Sarra Elgan presents a match where the Dragons have grounds for optimism, especially after beating Ospreys in an exciting RaboDirect Pro-12 match recently at Rodney Parade.
Gareth Roberts says, “Over the years, the Welsh teams have shone in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with the Ospreys and the Blues both lifting the cup in their turn. But there is more at stake for the English teams as winning secures a place for them in next season’s Heineken Cup. Nevertheless, the Dragons will be keen to have a cup run if possible.”