Rampant Edinburgh complete a full set of Celtic Cup upsets

Edinburgh completed a quartet of quarter-final upsets in the Celtic Cup when they hammered Cardiff 33-13 at Meadowbank last night.

Following Friday night's unexpected successes for Connacht, Ulster and Glasgow at the expense of Llanelli, Leinster and Munster respectively, order looked to have been restored as Cardiff raced into a 10-0 lead inside 20 minutes when Nicky Robinson added a penalty to his conversion of a try by Ken Fourie.

Thereafter, Edinburgh were in control. Marcus di Rollo, Tom Philip, Allan Jacobsen and Noel Brannigan and Rory Lawson all crossed for the Scots with Brendan Laney supplying three conversions and Ally Warnock one. In reply, all Cardiff could muster was another first-half penalty from Robinson and later on they lost Craig Morgan and Gareth Williams to the sin bin.

Tim Brasher, a rugby league World Cup winner with Australia, popped into the Recreation Ground last Monday to see his old friend Brian Smith, Bath's assistant coach, and ended the week being named on the bench for the West Country club's Zurich Premiership visit to Wasps today.

The 33-year-old utility back, who helped the Kangaroos to World Cup glory in 1992 and 1995, retired last year due to a knee injury, but he has impressed the Bath coaching team on the training ground.

David Moffett, the chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union, has defended the controversial £25,000 salary of the WRU chairman David Pickering for two days' work a week. The move upsetclubs being asked to slash costs, but Moffett insisted the WRU were getting a "great deal", citing the salary paid to predecessor Glanmor Griffiths.

"We have to remember that the previous chairman was given a £47,000 salary plus expenses, so I would have thought the clubs would be glad we had saved some money on the deal. This isn't simply a payment to David - it's recognition of the amount of work involved in the job."

The Caerphilly lock Paul Jones has been given a three-month ban and ordered to pay costs after testing positive for Salbutomol following his side's Parker Pen Shield final defeat by Castres in May. But Jones only has 25 days left to serve after the tribunal decided to backdate the ban to 29 July. It accepted that Jones needed the drug to combat asthma, but felt he should have disclosed this information.

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