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RFU Championship: Round 4 preview

19 September 2011

  • Blues remain unbeaten going into Round 4
  • Sky Sports HD to broadcast Pirates against Leeds
RFU Championship Round 4 preview

Photo: RFU Archive

Bedford Blues are the only side to have won all their games in the opening three rounds of action to sit proudly on top of the league table.

However, that record will have to stand up to the closest scrutiny on Saturday with a visit to ‘fortress’ Clifton Lane to face Rotheram in prospect.

Just one score has separated the sides in the fixture in four of the last five seasons, Rotherham winning three of them including last season’s game, which was settled in their favour when Juan Pablo Socino went over for a try with the last play of the game.

The two Bristol v Plymouth clashes in 2010/11 were also closely-fought encounters. Bristol won both, 20-19 and 18-13, but will be hoping for a more comfortable ride this time around as they look to bounce back from a one-point defeat to Leeds.

Leeds are much changed from their last visit to the Cornish Pirates in November 2008. Indeed, not a single player that started the game – a 25-23 win for Leeds – survives today. The fixture will be broadcast on Sky Sports HD and kicks off at 4.15pm.

London Welsh and Nottingham met each other four times last season, with the Exiles winning three of those clashes, including both promotion play-off games.

Esher did the double over Moseley in the regular season, but the Birmingham-based side exacted revenge with two wins in the relegation play-offs. The weekend’s remaining fixture sees Doncaster play host to a London Scottish side that is finding its feet quickly in the Championship.