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RFU Championship: Round 22 preview

20 February 2012

  • Five of six games in Round 21 end with bonus point for losing team
  • Pirates and Bedford neck-and-neck in pursuit of three points for play-offs
Cornish Pirates' Chris Morgan 

Photo: RFU Archive 

Competition in the Championship is stepping up a pace as the regular season begins to draw to a close.

Five of the six games played in Round 21 of 22 ended with the losing side securing a bonus point with Bedford preventing a clean sweep of close contests after a nine-point win away to Moseley.

Round 22 sees a reverse of the opening weekend of fixtures with Cornish Pirates at home to a Moseley side that held them to a 27-27 draw at Billesley Common in early September.

Pirates are neck-and-neck with Bedford in pursuit of the three points they would take into the play-offs through a second-place finish.

Bedford are at home to Nottingham in a game that pits together two sides that have conceded the majority of their tries after half-time. Fatigue could also play its part with the Green & Whites one of four sides playing their third game in less than a week following after a number of midweek fixtures were rearranged.

There is also still plenty to play for at the bottom end of the table where every win is crucial. A point is awarded in the relegation play-offs for each win picked up during the regular season and Esher did their chances of survival no harm with their third win of the season at Leeds on Sunday.

Esher will be keen to add to their points on Saturday and at the same time strike a further psychological blow with victory over Pool C rivals Plymouth.