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Championship Review – Week 13

16 December 2009

  • Chiefs run in six tries to extend Championship lead by a point
  • Blaney scores twice for Bristol while London Welsh move into the top four

Bristol hooker David Blaney, who scored two tries in the 15-0 defeat of Rotherham

Photo: Martin Bennett

Exeter Chiefs scored six tries to dispatch Coventry 45-11 and secure their 13th straight Championship victory.

Prolific prop Chris Budgen grabbed his third try in as many games and Haydn Thomas, Phil Dollman, Mark Forster and Saul Nelson also registered, plus a penalty try.

The Chiefs, who paid Coventry’s travel expenses to ensure the game went ahead, continue their best ever start to a league campaign and head into festive fixtures with local rivals Plymouth and nearest challengers Bristol in high-spirits.

Bristol are six points behind Exeter after a 15-0 win over Rotherham at Clifton Lane, with hooker David Blaney crossing for two tries.

Despite keeping the hosts off the scoreboard Bristol were unable to secure the bonus point and slip a point further behind the high-flying Chiefs.

For the full championship table and statistical evaluation of the Championship season so far, please read the Championship Review – Week 13 (PDF 153kB).

Twelvetrees revitalises Nottingham

Cornish Pirates forward Blair Cowan takes on the Doncaster defence during his side's 12-10 defeat

Photo: Brian Tempest

On-loan Leicester Tigers pair Billy Twelvetrees and Sam Vesty made the desired impact at Nottingham as the Green and Whites ended a run of four straight defeats.

Twelvetrees and former England centre Ben Johnston each scored two tries in the 30-15 win over Moseley at Meadow Lane.

Consistent kicker Tristian Roberts led the visitors’ fight back with four penalties and a drop goal, taking his personal haul this season to 109 points.

London Welsh are up to fourth after four tries ensured a comfortable 29-6 at struggling Birmingham & Solihull.

Premiership loanees Jon Fisher of London Irish and Guy Mercer of Bath scored first-half tries, while centre Paul Mackey and a penalty try after the break completed the scoring.

Doncaster Kinghts move into ninth place after a second-half tries from hooker Steven Lawrie and wing Andy Wright gave them a 12-10 win over Cornish Pirates.

Rhodri McAtee scored to ensure a tense finish but the visitors held on.

Else where winger Ben Mercer scored with two minutes left on the clock to give Plymouth Albion a 19-6 win, their first at Bedford for almost six years.