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Greene King IPA Championship Round 8 preview

13 November 2013

  • Bedford search for second Championship win
  • Top vs bottom as London Welsh host Ealing Trailfinders
Ealing Trailfinders, Greene King IPA Championship Round 8 preview

Photo: David Jackson Images

Bedford Blues go in search of their second win of the Championship season when they entertain Moseley at Goldington Road on Friday night. So far last season’s losing finalists have only beaten bottom-of-the-table Ealing and are already find themselves 14 points adrift of the play-off places. Last season Blues did the double over Moseley, scoring 91 points with only 26 against their name across the two fixtures. The corresponding match was won by the Blues, 50-6.

Leeds Carnegie, having won local bragging rights with a Yorkshire derby victory over Rotherham Titans, will look to continue their 100 per cent record over London Scottish in the Championship when they take on the Exiles in south-west London on Saturday afternoon. Leeds won 37-14 at The Athletic Ground last season.

Jersey, who dropped to third from bottom in the table following a 29-3 defeat at the hands of Scottish on Sunday, are at home to Cornish Pirates, who, following their a narrow win over Bedford, have now scored as many points (140) as they have conceded. Pirates won 20-6 in St Peter in the corresponding fixture in 2012/13.

Welsh maintain 100% winning record

It is top versus bottom at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday as leaders London Welsh play an Ealing side yet to register a point. Welsh go into the match boasting a 100 per cent record after they made it seven wins from seven with a 22-7 victory over Bristol, a game watched by their biggest home crowd of the season.

Last season the home side won on each occasion Bristol Rugby and Rotherham Titans met in the league. In total, Bristol have won eight out of the 14 league fixtures between the sides, dating back to the first-ever clash in 1998: a 16-5 win for the Titans in the old Allied Dunbar Premiership 2.

Eleventh-placed Nottingham will be looking to extend their winning run over mid-table Plymouth Albion to seven matches when they play the Devon outfit at Meadow Lane. You have to go back four years to find Plymouth’s last win against the Green & Whites: a 31-25 win at Brickfields on October 31, 2009.

Round 8 fixtures

Friday, November 15
Bedford Blues v Moseley

Saturday, November 16
London Scottish v Leeds Carnegie
Jersey v Cornish Pirates

Sunday, November 17
London Welsh v Ealing Trailfinders
Bristol Rugby v Rotherham Titans
Nottingham Ruby v Plymouth Albion