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RFU Championship: Round 5 preview

26 September 2011

  • 2010/11 British & Irish Cup finalists meet at Goldington Road
  • Juan Pablo Socino to tackle former club in one of two Friday night fixtures
RFU Championship Round 5 preview

Photo: Brian Tempest

Championship leaders Cornish Pirates defend their unbeaten record away to local rivals Plymouth Albion this weekend.

Pirates won all three games between the sides in 2010/11, but Albion were victorious twice over the previous campaign when they met each other at brickfields in the regular season and in the play-offs.

Fourth plays second at Goldington Road on Saturday as Bedford take on Bristol in what is also a repeat of last season’s British & Irish Cup final.

Bristol won on that occasion to claim their first piece of silverware for seven years but the Blues achieved a league double over the West Country outfit.

Argentinean Juan Pablo Socino will come face to face with his former teammates when his Nottingham side take on Rotherham in one of two Friday night fixtures. Nottingham held the upper hand in last season’s televised encounter, winning 37-8.

Esher are still looking to get their season up and running going into their floodlit match against London Welsh. They won last season’s corresponding game 22-19.

Leeds face third Yorkshire derby following record defeat

Having conceded more points in a single game than they did in any of last season’s Premiership fixtures by going down to a 52-10 loss at Cornish Pirates at the weekend, a third Yorkshire derby in the space of three weeks looms for Leeds, with a home game against Doncaster Knights.

The Knights won 27-12 the last time the sides met – on 7th March, 2009 at Castle Park.

London Scottish entertain Moseley for the first time since the 1997/98 season, the year that the Exiles got promoted to the Premiership.