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RFU Championship: Round 13 preview

28 November 2011

  • Losing bonus points a-plenty in Round 12
  • Welsh and Bedford renew old rivalries
RFU Championship Round 13 preview 

Photo: Brian Tempest

Round 13 of the Championship promises to be close across the board if the corresponding fixtures between the sides back in September are an accurate form guide.

Four games resulted in losing bonus points being awarded, with the Leeds v Bristol and London Scottish v Cornish Pirates ties going right down to the wire, and the biggest winning margin was just nine points.

The memory of Joe Ford’s last-minute, match-winning drop goal for Leeds will no doubt still rankle among Bristol supporters and players alike, but revenge can be theirs at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday.

Meanwhile, London Scottish were a minute away from beating the Pirates in their first meeting, Blair Cowan’s last-gasp try rescuing the points for Chris Stirling's men, who have only won once in their last four games.

Plymouth look to repeat suprise New Year's Day win

London Welsh and Bedford renew old rivalries at Old Deer Park on Saturday in a game that is too tight to call. No more than four points has separated the sides in each of the last three league meetings, the Blues winning 22-18 earlier this term.

Plymouth arrive at ‘fortress’ Clifton Lane looking for only their third away win of the year - and their first this season. Surprisingly, they won at Rotherham on New Year’s Day - one of only two sides to win there in 2011.

Saturday’s other game sees Moseley take on Doncaster, while the weekend kicks off on Friday night with Esher looking to avoid an eighth straight defeat against buoyant Nottingham.