Glasgow In Celtic League Quarter-Finals

A Celtic League quarter-final place has now been reserved for Glasgow despite the severe defeat by the Borders last night. Help, however, was needed in South Wales this afternoon.Cardiff's 37-12 win against Bridgend at the Arms Park ensured that the latter club were knocked out of the running for a place in the last eight. At the same time, over in Galway, Pontypridd confirmed their own quarter-final slot by inflicting a first defeat on Connacht, and that by the substantial margin of 40-0. It also promoted Pontypridd to the top of the Pool B table in place of Connacht.Those two results defined the last four from Pool B, though not the two who will have the home ties. Pontypridd are now at the top of the pool on 22 points, Connacht are on 20, Glasgow on 19, and Cardiff also on 19. The question of who will claim the home quarter-finals will not be resolved until the final series of pool matches in three weeks" time. (The first and second rounds of the Heineken Cup interrupt the Celtic League over the next two weekends.)Glasgow and Connacht go head to head at Hughenden on Friday 27 October. But not even maximum points from a win and a bonus would necessarily be enough for Glasgow to be sure of a home quarter-final. They will have to wait until the following day, when Pontypridd and Cardiff meet at Sardis Road.Pontypridd and Cardiff each scored five tries today, one more than enough for a bonus point. Gareth Wyatt, Pontypridd's Wales wing, collected two, as did Matt Allen for Cardiff.A Celtic League quarter-final place has now been reserved for Glasgow despite the severe defeat by the Borders last night. Help, however, was needed in South Wales this afternoon.Cardiff's 37-12 win against Bridgend at the Arms Park ensured that the latter club were knocked out of the running for a place in the last eight. At the same time, over in Galway, Pontypridd confirmed their own quarter-final slot by inflicting a first defeat on Connacht, and that by the substantial margin of 40-0. It also promoted Pontypridd to the top of the Pool B table in place of Connacht.Those two results defined the last four from Pool B, though not the two who will have the home ties. Pontypridd are now at the top of the pool on 22 points, Connacht are on 20, Glasgow on 19, and Cardiff also on 19. The question of who will claim the home quarter-finals will not be resolved until the final series of pool matches in three weeks" time. (The first and second rounds of the Heineken Cup interrupt the Celtic League over the next two weekends.)Glasgow and Connacht go head to head at Hughenden on Friday 27 October. But not even maximum points from a win and a bonus would necessarily be enough for Glasgow to be sure of a home quarter-final. They will have to wait until the following day, when Pontypridd and Cardiff meet at Sardis Road.Pontypridd and Cardiff each scored five tries today, one more than enough for a bonus point. Gareth Wyatt, Pontypridd's Wales wing, collected two, as did Matt Allen for Cardiff.