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RFU Championship fan vote: match previews

04 April 2013

  • RFU Championship in a rugby first with Twitter streaming
  • Vote via www.rfu.com/fanvote for your chosen game to be streamed live
Nottingham Rubgy's David Jackson takes on Bristol Rugby

Photo: RFU Archive

In the second of four instalments profiling the Round 22 fixtures battling it out to make Twitter history, we focus on relegation candidates Doncaster Knights as they take on Nat Saumi’s Plymouth Albion in his last game in charge and play-off hopefuls Leeds Carnegie’s clash against already-qualified Nottingham Rugby.

In what will be a first for rugby, the RFU Championship, England’s second tier of professional rugby, will stream a game live on Twitter during the final weekend of league fixtures on Saturday, April 20, in association with The Rugby Paper.

Continuing to bring supporters closer to the action, the game that is streamed live through the social networking site will be chosen by public vote via www.rfu.com/fanvote.

That’s right! We’re giving you the opportunity to decide. So to help you make your choice, we will profile each fixture over the next two weeks until voting closes on Sunday, April 14.

Doncaster Knights v Plymouth Albion

Doncaster’s final game of their 2012/13 campaign against Plymouth Albion may prove to be their last in the RFU Championship, should results in the preceding week go against them.

Locked in a relegation battle with Jersey RFC, the Knights could find themselves in a fight to the death against Plymouth on April 20, if Jersey beat the Yorkshire men the week prior.

Regardless of their Round 21 result, however, Doncaster will undoubtedly look to end their season with a win whether they avoid relegation or not. Clive Griffiths' men have come achingly close to some much needed victories, including a narrow 27-22 loss to Albion.

In the reverse fixture, on the opening day of the 2012/13 season, Plymouth Albion were triumphant and Nat Saumi’s side will be hoping that they can do the double over the Yorkshire outfit.

Tom Bowen and Brett Beukeboom scored debut tries for Plymouth in that game, after an early score from Sam Hocking. Despite hitting back with two tries courtesy of Michael Keating and Jethro Rawling and 12 points from the boot of Jamie Lennard, the Knights came away from Plymouth with a solitary bonus point.

For Albion supporters, there will be extra incentive to finish their season on a high, with head coach Nat Saumi set to leave the club following the final fixture against Doncaster.

Leeds Carnegie v Nottingham

Leeds Carnegie

Photo: RFU Archive

Leeds Carnegie will be desperate to extend their three-game winning run as they attempt to pip Bristol Rugby to a place in this year’s promotion play-offs.

Carnegie currently sit fifth in the RFU Championship, just two points behind Bristol, but with a game in hand against Moseley taking place this Friday.

They have the luxury of controlling their destiny, knowing that wins in all of their remaining three games will see them into the playoffs.

However, it won’t be easy for the Yorkshire club, with Nottingham coming into the game in great form after wins over Plymouth Albion, Bristol Rugby, Jersey, Doncaster Knights and a 2-point loss at home to league leaders Newcastle.

Nottingham have already secured a spot in the play-offs, but will be striving to build further momentum as they approach the knock-out stages.

In the reverse fixture, which also kicked off the 2012/13 RFU Championship season, Nottingham ran out winners in a high-scoring affair at Meadow Lane.

Carnegie began the game the brighter team, going into a 20-3 lead with tries from Steve McColl and Jacob Rowan, but Nottingham dominated the second half, and a brace from Andy Savage plus tries for Alex Shaw and Michael Holford secured a 34-29 win for the Green and Whites. 

 

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