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Championship Review – Week 14

22 December 2009

  • Plymouth hand Exeter their first defeat of the season
  • London Welsh remain in fourth place after fifth straight victory

Bristol's Lee Robinson carries the ball forward during the win over Bedford Blues

Photo: Martin Bennett

Plymouth Albion centre Keni Fisilau scored a second-half try to settle the Devon derby and condemn Exeter Chiefs to their first Championship defeat of the season.

In a typically abrasive encounter, 13 points from fly half Alex Davies added to a penalty try and Fisilau’s score to put the home side into an unassailable 23-6 lead.

A late consolation from Exeter wing Mark Foster was to no avail and the Chiefs went down 23-13, losing their club record 13-game unbeaten league run in the process.

This allowed Bristol to close the gap at the top to a single point, after they overturned a six point half-time deficit and ran in five tries in a 37-16 win over Bedford.

Bristol’s Lee Robinson collected his own chip to open the scoring but centre Ollie Dodge’s try and 11 points from the boot of James Pritchard established a 16-10 half-time lead for the visitors.

But Mark Irish, Jack Adams, Tom Arscott and Sam Giddens all registered after the break as the home side roared back to take the bonus point victory.

For a the Championship table and a look at the season so far, please read the Championship Statistical Review - Round 14 (PDF 113kB).

Welsh keep up the pressure

London Welsh keep the pressure on during their win over Rotherham, their fifth straight victory

Photo: Dave Jackson

London Welsh recorded their fifth straight league win by beating Rotherham Titans 30-24 at Old Deer Park, recovering from being 13 points down at one stage.

Exiles wing Errie Classens led the try count with a clinical brace as each side touched down four times.  It was the boot of Aled Thomas proved the difference, the fly half slotting four kicks at crucial times.

Doncaster Knights moved out of the bottom four after tries from centre Hudson Tonga'uiha and flanker Andrew Boyde secured a 14-3 win over Moseley.

Rhys Jones, Tyrone Holmes and Rob Cook scored as Cornish Pirates defeated Coventry 27-12 in the Friday night game at Butts Park.

The win moves the Cornish side up to sixth, just three points behind third placed Nottingham, who saw their game at Birmingham & Solihull postponed.