Glasgow At Home In Celtic League Quarter-Finals

Glasgow have earned a home quarter-final in the Celtic League. So have their city rivals, Edinburgh. Their respective opponents are Ulster and Cardiff.All four quarter-finals will be played on the last weekend of next month. Glasgow's game against Ulster has been pencilled in for Friday 29 November, though that date would have to change if required by television.If even Glasgow and Edinburgh win their quarter-finals they cannot meet in the next round. Glasgow's semi-final would be against either Munster or Connacht whereas Edinburgh would meet Pontypridd or Neath.Semi-finals will be played on neutral grounds, though in the country of one of the contestants. A draw after the quarter-finals will determine which teams have "home" advantage.Edinburgh qualified for a home quarter-final by beating Neath 27-13 at Meadowbank last night. Glasgow defeated Connacht 29-7 at Hughenden the same evening, but they had to wait until tonight before the final piece in the last-eight jigsaw was slotted into place with Pontypridd's 15-9 victory against Cardiff at Sardis Road.Neither team scored a try in that game. Brett Davey kicked five penalty goals for Pontypridd and Iestyn Harris three for Cardiff, who were short-handed for three-quarters of the match after Iain Ramage, the Scottish referee, had sent off prop Kenneth Fourie.Pontypridd claimed first place in Pool B with that home win. Glasgow were runners-up with 23 points, three behind Pontypridd. Cardiff and Connacht each finished on 20, with the Welsh club taking third place through the better points difference (plus 27 against the Irish province's minus 50).Pontypridd won six of their seven pool matches, losing only their opening game against Leinster in Dublin, whereas Glasgow had five wins as well as picking up bonus points with four or more tries on the visits to Cardiff and Newport and the home game against Bridgend. Their other victories were against Leinster and Connacht, both at home.Edinburgh and Munster each won six of their seven Pool A matches. The Irish province, however, had the edge in bonus points - four against Edinburgh's three.Knock-out ties:Quarter-finals (29 or 30 November) - Munster v Connacht, Edinburgh v Cardiff, Glasgow v Ulster, Pontypridd v Neath.Semi-finals (3 or 4 January) - Munster or Connacht v Glasgow or Ulster, Pontypridd or Neath v Edinburgh or Cardiff.Glasgow have earned a home quarter-final in the Celtic League. So have their city rivals, Edinburgh. Their respective opponents are Ulster and Cardiff.All four quarter-finals will be played on the last weekend of next month. Glasgow's game against Ulster has been pencilled in for Friday 29 November, though that date would have to change if required by television.If even Glasgow and Edinburgh win their quarter-finals they cannot meet in the next round. Glasgow's semi-final would be against either Munster or Connacht whereas Edinburgh would meet Pontypridd or Neath.Semi-finals will be played on neutral grounds, though in the country of one of the contestants. A draw after the quarter-finals will determine which teams have "home" advantage.Edinburgh qualified for a home quarter-final by beating Neath 27-13 at Meadowbank last night. Glasgow defeated Connacht 29-7 at Hughenden the same evening, but they had to wait until tonight before the final piece in the last-eight jigsaw was slotted into place with Pontypridd's 15-9 victory against Cardiff at Sardis Road.Neither team scored a try in that game. Brett Davey kicked five penalty goals for Pontypridd and Iestyn Harris three for Cardiff, who were short-handed for three-quarters of the match after Iain Ramage, the Scottish referee, had sent off prop Kenneth Fourie.Pontypridd claimed first place in Pool B with that home win. Glasgow were runners-up with 23 points, three behind Pontypridd. Cardiff and Connacht each finished on 20, with the Welsh club taking third place through the better points difference (plus 27 against the Irish province's minus 50).Pontypridd won six of their seven pool matches, losing only their opening game against Leinster in Dublin, whereas Glasgow had five wins as well as picking up bonus points with four or more tries on the visits to Cardiff and Newport and the home game against Bridgend. Their other victories were against Leinster and Connacht, both at home.Edinburgh and Munster each won six of their seven Pool A matches. The Irish province, however, had the edge in bonus points - four against Edinburgh's three.Knock-out ties:Quarter-finals (29 or 30 November) - Munster v Connacht, Edinburgh v Cardiff, Glasgow v Ulster, Pontypridd v Neath.Semi-finals (3 or 4 January) - Munster or Connacht v Glasgow or Ulster, Pontypridd or Neath v Edinburgh or Cardiff.