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RFU Championship fan vote: match previews

12 April 2013

  • RFU Championship in a rugby first with Twitter live streaming
  • Vote via www.rfu.com/fanvote for your chosen game to be streamed live
Rotherham's Laurence Pearce goes over to score.

Photo: RFU Archive

In the third of three instalments profiling the Round 22 fixtures battling it out to make Twitter history, we focus on third-place Bedford Blues, as they try to secure themselves a play-off place against mid-table Moseley.

We also take a look at the 7th v 8th clash between Rotherham Titans and London Scottish.

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 are profiling each fixture until voting closes on Sunday, April 14.

Moseley v Bedford Blues

Bedford Blues will be hoping that a win over Moseley at Billesley Common will secure them a place in this year’s RFU Championship play-offs, if that task hasn’t already been achieved prior to the Round 22 game.

Bedford sit third in the Championship, four points ahead of fifth-placed Bristol, with a game in hand over the West Country outfit, knowing that one win in their remaining three games should give them a shot at promotion.

The tie is likely to mark Josh Bassett and James Stephenson’s last appearances for the Blues, after they both secured transfers to the Premiership for the 2013/14 season.

Meanwhile, Moseley’s place in the Championship is safe for another season after their victory over Bristol left them 11 points clear of bottom-club Doncaster Knights.

Since then, two consecutive losses against Leeds Carnegie and London Scottish means that Moseley will be keen to end their season on a high with a win against the title contenders.

In the reverse fixture, on September 1, Bedford came out comfortable 50-6 winners against a shell-shocked Moseley side.

The Blues ran in seven tries with doubles for Neil Cochrane and Ben Ransom, and scores for Bassett, Gregor Gillanders and Luke Baldwin, with 15 points for full back James Pritchard.

Rotherham Titans v London Scottish

In this 7th v 8th clash, both sides will be playing for pride alone, both having secured their RFU Championship status for another season, long before the final game.

In the return fixture on September 2, home side Scottish ran out 26-20 winners, with one try and seven penalties from wing James Love.

Despite Rotherham’s best efforts, including two tries from Brad Horman and Ted Stagg, and ten points from the boot of James McKinney, they couldn’t pull level with Scottish.

Although only separated by one place in the table, the points gap between the two sides is seven with Scottish having won three more games than the Yorkshire men.

Rotherham’s win over Cornish Pirates at Clifton Lane this week could offer the home side a slim chance of catching Scottish in the points table, and potentially leapfrogging the Exiles if they were to win the Round 22 fixture. 

The Yorkshire outfit would need to win each of their final games, without Scottish picking up a single point.

 

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