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RFU Championship preview: Round 11

08 November 2011

  • Cornish Pirates regain control at the top ahead of Bristol clash
  • Blues maintain impressive away form
RFU Championship preview: Round 12 

Photo: Brian Tempest

The top two will do battle when the Championship resumes the weekend after next, but it is the Cornish Pirates – not host side Bristol – who will go into the fixture at the Memorial Stadium on November 20 as league leaders.

A bonus-point win for the Pirates over Rotherham – coupled with Bristol’s shock defeat away from home at the hands of Moseley – means Chris Stirling’s men top the standings going into the mini break for the British & Irish Cup.

For Leeds, the disruption to the league programme is particularly untimely given that they made it five wins on the trot with a 22-19 win over Nottingham, the fifth time in six games that Carnegie have been involved in games separated by a single score.

To further emphasise the tightness of the Championship as a whole, just three points cover the top five sides. London Welsh lie in third – ahead of Bedford on points difference – after a spirited second- half showing helped them to victory at Doncaster.

The Blues, meanwhile, maintained their impressive away form with a 38-21 win over Plymouth at Brickfields. Jake Sharp was the star of the show as the Blues made it five wins from six games on the road with an 18-point personal haul that included a try, five conversions and a penalty.

Elsewhere, Esher will not remember the 5th of November with any fondness as they went down to a tenth straight defeat of the season at London Scottish.