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RFU Championship Round 2 preview

03 September 2012

  • Nottingham look for back-to-back wins following win over Leeds
  • Newcastle and London Scottish do battle for first time in 14 years
RFU Championship Round 2 preview

Photo: John White Media

Leeds’s poor record on the opening day of the season continued after they went down to a disappointing 34-29 defeat against Nottingham at Meadow Lane. It is now four years since they kicked off a league campaign on a winning note.

Carnegie threw away a 20-3 lead in the 2012/13 Championship season curtain-raiser and will be desperate to make amends when they welcome the division’s new boys, Jersey, to Headingley Carnegie on Friday night in a game that pitches Leeds wing David Doherty against his former club. Jersey lost to another of Doherty’s former employers, Cornish Pirates, in their Championship debut.

Also searching for their first win on Friday night are Doncaster and Bristol who meet at Castle Park following their respective losses to Plymouth and Newcastle. Bristol were comprehensive winners in all four clashes between the sides last season, scoring 194 points in the process. 

Maggs to come up against former team-mate

Having staged a dramatic recovery to beat Leeds, Nottingham Rugby are now looking to record back-to-back wins at the start of the season for the first time in seven years. Moseley boss Kevin Maggs comes up against former Bath team-mate, Martin Haag, now the Director of Rugby at Nottingham in one of two Saturday games.

Maggs will be looking for a big response from his side after a 50-6 loss away to Bedford in Round 1. But the form book points to a Nottingham win, as the Green & Whites have won the last nine meetings at this level.

London Scottish and Newcastle Falcons will do battle for the first time in league rugby for 14 years when they meet at the Athletic Ground. The home side won both games when they last met in the 1998/99 Premiership season, Scottish beating a star-studded Falcons outfit 27-17 on their own patch.

Bedford Blues have won the last three encounters against Rotherham, racking up an average of 29 points along the way. And they showed their ability to score tries is as good as ever with seven touchdowns against Moseley. The Titans go into the game having lost away to London Scottish on the opening weekend for the second time in as many years.

Sunday’s solitary game sees Cornish Pirates entertain cross-Tamar rivals Plymouth Albion. The Pirates boast a six-game winning run in the head-to-head standings, with Albion’s last victory coming on April 16, 2010, when they won 19-14 in a promotion play-off fixture at Brickfields.

Round 1 results

Nottingham Rugby 34 – 29 Leeds Carnegie
Plymouth Albion 27 – 22 Doncaster Knights
Jersey 6 – 20 Cornish Pirates
Bedford Blues 50 – 6 Moseley
London Scottish 26 – 20 Rotherham Titans
Bristol Rugby 20 – 37 Newcastle Falcons

Round 2 fixtures

Friday, September 7
Doncaster Knights v Bristol Rugby, KO 1945
Leeds Carnegie v Jersey, KO 2000

Saturday, September 8
London Scottish v Newcastle Falcons, KO 1500
Moseley v Nottingham, KO 1500

Sunday, September 9
Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion, KO 1500
Rotherham Titans v Bedford Blues, KO 1500