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RFU Championship preview: Round 12

21 November 2011

  • Rotherham in Yorkshire derby against former Premiership outfit
  • Scottish entertain league leaders
Tristan Roberts in kicking action for Bristol Rugby

Photo: RFU Archive

Rotherham can look forward to a second Yorkshire derby in the space of six days when they travel to play Leeds Carnegie on Friday evening.

Having eased to a 23-10 win over Doncaster on Saturday thanks to two stunning solo tries from flanker Robin Copeland, Andre Bester’s men will head up the M1 confident they can complete a league double over Leeds.

The Titans beat the relegated Premiership side 22-18 at Clifton Lane on the second weekend in September to continue their good record in meetings between the two local rivals. Rotherham have won six out of the last ten league fixtures.

Nottingham boast an even better head- to- head record in fixtures against Moseley with the Green & Whites coming out on top in each of the last eight league games. Moseley’s last win came on 2nd September 2007.

Knights look to end two-year drought against Pirates

Cornish Pirates, who scored five tries and 33 points away to Bristol yet still came out second best in Sunday’s top- of- the- table clash, are on a run of six straight wins against Doncaster.

It is nearly two years since the Knights tasted success in the Championship against the men from the Duchy.

Plymouth are in dire need of a pick- me- up after slipping one place in the league table to 10th. But London Welsh, their opponents at Brickfields on Saturday, have enjoyed the upper hand in recent years with three wins and a draw in the last four meetings.

Elsewhere, London Scottish entertain league leaders Bristol and Bedford are at home to Esher.