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Anglo-Welsh Cup round-up

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There is all to play for as the Anglo-Welsh Cup enters the final round of pool fixtures, qualification for the semi-finals from all four groups still to be confirmed.

Leicester Tigers moved level on points with Newcastle Falcons in Pool 4 after Saturday’s 24-12 victory over Cardiff Blues. Will Evans, Jordan Olowofela and Luke Hamilton were the Tigers try-scorers at Welford Road.

Tigers complete their pool campaign with a trip to Wasps. It is the only fixture on Sunday and is live on BT Sport.

In the format of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, each team in Pool 4 plays each team in Pool 1 once, while Pool 2 play against Pool 3 with every club having two games at home and two away.

Newcastle remain top of Pool 4, despite a 21-8 defeat at Bath Rugby, having scored more tries than Tigers in their three games. The Falcons host Gloucester Rugby on Saturday.

London Irish can also qualify from the group after they secured maximum points in a 66-7 win against Wasps, the Exiles ran in 10 tries including three for winger Joe Cokanasiga. Irish finish their pool fixtures away to Cardiff Blues.

Ospreys are bottom of Pool 4 and out of the running, but they could still have a say in who qualifies from Pool 1.

The Welsh region host on Pool 1 leaders Bath, who maintained their 100 per cent winning record in the competition with that win against Newcastle.

Gloucester Rugby are hot on Bath’s heels after their 43-20 bonus-point win against Ospreys, and could leapfrog their old rivals with victory at Kingston Park.

Harlequins are in the driving seat in Pool 2 and need one match point from their trip to Franklin’s Gardens on Friday evening, a game which is live on BT Sport.

Quins beat Scarlets 35-7 to make it three bonus-point wins from three games in the competition.

They lead Exeter by five points after the Chiefs suffered a first defeat in the competition, losing 31-21 at Worcester. It was the Warriors first win in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season, and came on the back of two tries for winger Josh Adams.

The win kept alive Worcester’s hopes of qualification from Pool 3. The Warriors are level on points with Saracens in second place, three points behind leaders Northampton, ahead of a trip to Dragons on Friday.

Saints came from behind to earn a last-gasp win at Sale Sharks. Nafi Tuitavake was the visitors’ hero as he burst over the line in time added on to seal a 24-20 win at the AJ Bell Stadium and set them up for Saturday’s visit of Quins.

Saracens are also still in contention after they recorded a first win in this season’s competition, beating Dragons 40-21 at Allianz Park. They finish with a trip to Exeter on Saturday.

Click here for the Anglo-Welsh Cup tables.