Pennine Trophies
Thursday March 28th 2013 < Back Print Page
BARLA ACE Insurance Europe Ltd National Cup
After a complete whiteout of last week’s BARLA ACE Insurance Europe Ltd National cup quarter finals games, the competition swings into action this Saturday 30th March. However, the unseasonal inclement weather has taken its toll on the Batley Boys v Nevison Leap fixture as under a directive form Kirklees Council, this game is once more postponed.

The Boys seem confident that they can do a job on the Yorkshire Cup finalists even though they play at a level below their Pennine Championship opponents but the canny Richard Addy will be keen to play on the big stage once again by progressing to the Fylde final in June. But the teams will have to kick their heels till next week to decide who will reach the semis.

Wibsey Warriors, in a bid to avoid another such postponement have taken the decision to relent on home advantage and have taken the fixture to their opponents Dalton.

The Bradford side keen not to encounter an end of season fixture pile up, has shown the true spirit of competition in taking this action and most neutral observers would wish them well as they trek the two hours plus journey to South Cumbria to the Furness base Dalton. The Pennine premier outfit would be well expected to come home with the result from the game that is unless the journey affects their performance.

Hunslet Old Boys will be looking to make home advantage truly count when they come up against fellow Leeds ARL and Pennine Premiership side Drighlington, who may be a couple of players light due to commitments with the England Lions. Both sides are previous Yorkshire Cup holders but have never really hit the heights in the BARLA National competition and will be well aware that they are only two steps away from the final. Form should point to the boys taking the spoils but in cup rugby – nothing is certain.

Finally down to Weeland Road where probably the match of the day sees Sharlston Rovers welcoming the Methley Royals. On paper with two divisions between them, Rovers look to be odds on to take up a last four position. But the Royals have recruited well and are running riot in Pennine division one where they sit six points clear at the top of the table and have scored a massive 614 points from their 16 league games. Although Sharlston have a recent National cup pedigree, they will be aware of the Royals attacking prowess and will have to be on their guard to book their place in the semis.

Quarter Finals

Batley Boys P – P Nevison Leap 6th April
Hunslet Old Boys Vs Drighlington
Sharlston Rovers Vs Methley Royals
Wibsey Warriors Vs Dalton

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