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RFU Championship Round 9 preview

24 October 2011

  • Repeat of last year's semi-final set for Old Deerk Park
  • Bedford's on the road record surpassing home advantage
RFU Championship Round 9 preview

Photo: RFU Archive

Plymouth face Moseley at Brickfields on Friday night with both sides in need of a pick- me- up following defeats at the weekend. The form book points to a Plymouth win as Albion have collected 13 points from a possible 20 in their four home games.

Leeds – seeking their fourth win in a row - will look to pile the pressure on a Bedford side that needs a big performance in front of their own supporters.

Traditionally a fortress, Goldington Road has not been such a happy place for the Blues this season, with just one win from three games there compared to four wins from five on the road. Incredibly, Mike Rayer’s men have managed 25 tries on their travels and only three at home.

At Old Deer Park London Welsh meet Cornish Pirates - their conquerors in last season’s Championship semi- final. The Exiles have won the last two league encounters on home soil.

Points may have eluded Esher this season but entertainment should not be in short supply when Doncaster visit Molesey Road.

The Knights narrowly came out on top in both of last season’s games, which produced an aggregate of 159 points. Also on Saturday, Rotherham entertain leaders Bristol. The Titans recorded a double last term, but by narrow margins of victory: 24-26 and 22-21.

Sunday’s fixture sees Nottingham up against London Scottish in league action for the first time since the 1996/97 season – the year that Nottingham were relegated to the third tier of English rugby.


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