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RFU Championship: Round 2 preview

05 September 2011

  • Exiles triumphant over Yorkshire opposition
  • Plymouth face tough test at Goldington Road
Moseley hold Cornish Pirates to a draw at Billesley Common

Photo: Brian Tempest

The Championship’s Exiles found themselves on Main Street after London Scottish and London Welsh both recorded opening round wins over Yorkshire opposition.

London Scottish began life in the Championship with a 16-11 win over Rotherham and now head to the Memorial Stadium for a first- ever league meeting with Bristol since the game went professional.

Having taken five games to register their first win in last season’s disappointing campaign, Bristol wasted no time in getting off the mark 12 months on, winning 12-38 at Doncaster in Liam Middleton’s first competitive game in charge.

London Welsh, who beat Leeds in the season’s curtain- raiser for the second time in five years, will be out for revenge against Plymouth, shock winners in the corresponding fixture at Old Deer Park last season.

Blues edge thrilling away win over Green & Whites

Esher, beaten by Plymouth at Brickfields, have it all to do at home to a Bedford side that put a halfcentury of points on them at Molesey Road last year. The Blues warmed up for the game with a thrilling win away to Nottingham.

Cornish Pirates, meanwhile, will look for a positive response when they take on Doncaster at the Mennaye Field after being held to a draw away to Moseley for the second year running. Ryan Burrows, Leeds’ solitary try- scorer in their 13-26 loss to London Welsh, makes a quick return to former club Rotherham in Sunday’s Yorkshire derby at Clifton Lane.

And Moseley entertain Nottingham no doubt hoping to atone for two league losses to the Green & Whites last term.