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RFU Championship: Round 3 preview

12 September 2011

  • Former Premiership sides go head-to-head in Round 3
  • Rotherham look to carry home form into Plymouth Albion clash 
Nottingham Rugby beat Moseley 20-10 in Round 2 of the RFU Championship

Photo: RFU Archive

Leeds and Bristol, both Premiership sides until recently, find themselves at opposite ends of the league below ahead of Sunday’s fixture at Headingley Carnegie.

Bristol, who top the Championship table after the opening two rounds of action following wins over Doncaster Knights and London Scottish, achieved a league double over second-from-bottom Leeds when they last met in 2007/08, with an EDF Energy Cup tie during the same season ending in a 13-13 draw.

Rotherham will hope to take their home form on the road when they travel to Plymouth Albion on the back of a 22-18 victory over Leeds in one of two matches that took place on Friday evening.

Former Albion man Robin Copeland scored the Titans’ only try against Carnegie, with fly-half Garry Law landing all six of his attempts at goal. Plymouth, meanwhile, suffered a 34-23 loss at London Welsh on Saturday.

The weekend’s other Friday night game comes at Meadow Lane where Nottingham, 20-10 winners at Moseley, take on an Esher side still searching for their first point of the campaign.

Two of last season’s semi-finalists, Bedford and London Welsh, go into Saturday’s clash at Goldington Road in good form and level on points, with the hosts fresh from putting 50 points on Esher.

Doncaster will take great encouragement from the losing bonus point they gained away at Cornish Pirates, as they welcome Moseley to Castle Park.

Elsewhere, London Scottish find themselves up against the Pirates, who, despite enjoying an unbeaten start to the campaign, have conceded more points than nine other teams in the division.