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RFU Championship Round 4 preview

17 September 2012

  • Rotherham searching for first home win in seven games
  • Blues top legue points after three rounds
RFU Championship Round 4 preview

Photo: Brian Tempest

Rotherham will be searching for their first home win in seven games when they entertain Championship newcomers Jersey on Saturday. Remarkably their last league victory at Clifton Lane came in January this year: a 40-31 success against Moseley.

Andre Bester’s men, though, will be in buoyant mood following a 27-16 win over Nottingham in Round 3, a which defeat ended Nottingham’s previously unbeaten start to the season. The Green & Whites face a difficult trip to Bedford this weekend.

The Blues are the top points scorers in the league having racked up another half-century against London Scottish at Goldington Road. Bedford won last season’s corresponding fixture 40-26, although the Green & Whites will point to the fact that, at the time, they were playing their third game in the space of a week.

Having come badly unstuck at Bedford, London Scottish Head Coach Simon Amor will be looking for a positive response from his side when they take on Doncaster at the Athletic Ground. Doncaster did the double over the Exiles last season.

Saturday’s other fixture comes at Billesley Common where Moseley, fresh from a victory over Jersey, entertain a Plymouth side that edged out Leeds in their last outing. The sides met on five occasions last season, with Moseley claiming three wins to Plymouth’s two. The last meeting came in the now disbanded relegation play-off phase and ended in a 54-24 win for Albion – the Devonians’ highest score since they beat London Welsh 55-7 at Old Deer Park on December 2, 2006.

Newcastle yet to drop a single point

On Sunday, Cornish Pirates and Newcastle Falcons do battle at the Mennaye Field. Newcastle have yet to drop a point having recorded their third bonus-point win in as many weeks with a 37-3 victory over Doncaster at Kingston Park last Friday night. Newcastle last won three away league games on the bounce in February/March 2009.

Two former Premiership sides meet at Headingley Carnegie when Leeds play host to Bristol. Last season’s corresponding clash went right down to the wire, with Leeds coming out on top thanks to Joe Ford’s last-gasp drop goal. Bristol go into the game on the back of a 29-17 win over Cornish Pirates in the first televised encounter of the season.

Round 4 fixtures

Saturday September 22

Bedford Blues v Nottingham Rugby, KO 15.00
London Scottish v Bristol Rugby, KO 15:00
Moseley v Plymouth Albion, KO 15:00
Rotherham Titans v Jersey, KO 15:00

Sunday, September 23

Cornish Pirates v Newcastle Falcons, KO 15:00
Leeds Carnegie v Bristol Rugby, KO 15:00


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