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RFU Championship: Round 18 preview

10 January 2012

  • League leaders head for Old Deer Park
  • Bedford one win away from promotion play-offs
RFU Championship Round 18 preview

Photo: RFU Archive

Rotherham lost their perfect home record against London Welsh in their last outing and Titans Head Coach Andre Bester will expect the right response when they take on Moseley at Clifton Lane on Saturday.

Rotherham enjoyed a 12 game winning run against Moseley at this level from 1998-2007, but the head- to- head record in the last ten fixtures has been far more even, with the Titans winning on four occasions, including a 36-8 success at Billesley Common earlier in the season, to Moseley’s six.

Having put their poor festive form behind them with victory at Rotherham, London Welsh welcome league leaders Bristol to Old Deer Park.

Bristol won the first encounter this season, 35-33, but the West Country outfit have been beaten heavily on their last two visits to south-west London, conceding 93 points and scoring just 23 in the process.

Nottingham entertain Doncaster in Sunday’s solitary fixture. The Knights turned in arguably their worst display of the campaign in losing 15-32 to the Midlanders back in October, but half of the ten previous clashes have gone in their favour.

Leeds found their attacking form in the 32-42 win over Moseley last weekend, scoring six tries – their best return in a game this season. A trip to out-of-sorts Plymouth awaits in Round 18.

Elsewhere, Esher will be looking to repeat last season’s shock win over Cornish Pirates at Molesey Road, and Bedford will be mathematically certain of a play-off place if they avoid defeat at home to London Scottish.