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Greene King IPA Championship Round 8 Preview


By ML
October 21 2015

Greene King IPA Championship Round 8 Preview  / Weekend 23/25th October 2015

 

 

 Greene King IPA Championship Round 8

Friday 23 October
Jersey v Nottingham Rugby7.45pm

Saturday 24 October
Cornish Pirates v Bristol Rugby2pm
Doncaster Knights v London Scottish2pm
Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues2pm
Rotherham Titans v London Welsh2pm

Sunday October 25
Yorkshire Carnegie v Moseley2pm

It's third against fifth in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday and London Scottish will be desperate to bounce back against Doncaster Knights after receiving a taste of their own medicine last week.

Peter Lydon's last-gasp heroics with his boot had already secured Scottish victories over Yorkshire Carnegie and London Welsh this season.

But Dan Mugford's 80th-minute drop goal for Nottingham meant the Exiles fell to an 18-17 defeat and their second loss in a row, which has seen them slip out of the top four.

And next up for Scottish is a visit to Castle Park for the high-flying Knights, who rose to third in the table after putting Cornish Pirates to the sword in a 28-11 victory.

Two first-half tries by No 8 Ollie Stedman helped Doncaster secure their fourth win in seven league games – though Scottish have beaten them on their last two trips to Yorkshire.

Bristol Rugby rose to the Championship's summit after emerging triumphant from a breathless 89-point thriller with second-place Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday – and they'll look to keep up their momentum at Cornish Pirates.

Bristol held on in the face of a late Carnegie onslaught to win 47-42, which ensured that their only loss this season remains their opening-round defeat to Bedford Blues.

However the Pirates are no pushovers at The Mennaye, having recorded their two wins in the Championship so far this season at home – beating Nottingham and London Scottish.

Josh Bainbridge became the first player to score five tries in a game for Yorkshire Carnegie in more than a decade but Bryan Redpath's troops must rediscover their winning touch when they entertain Moseley.

And though Moseley may be in down in tenth, they secured a crucial win down at the bottom against Ealing Trailfinders last weekend and can boast the highest points scorer in the Championship this year in Glyn Hughes – the fly half is joint top with Bristol's Gavin Henson.

But Nottingham have the Championship's leading try scorer after Paul Grant racked up his eighth and ninth efforts this season in their tense victory over Scottish.

And the rejuvenated Green & Whites, who are now up to eighth in the table, will compete for their third consecutive win under the Friday night lights at Jersey.

Though Jersey were undone by 14-8 against London Welsh on Saturday, Harvey Biljon and company are in good form after toppling Bedford Blues and Moseley in the two weeks prior.

London Welsh may have returned to form at home but they will now be seeking to make amends for their disappointing run of results on their travels.

Successive away defeats to London Scottish and Nottingham had brought their top-four charge to a halt – and a victory at Rotherham Titans never comes easy.

The Titans have won three of four games in front of their own fans this season – their sole loss coming against Carnegie.

But last weekend they conceded 46 points in defeat to Bedford Blues, who will look to record their first away victory in four games at Ealing Trailfinders.

The result put Bedford back in the top four and they'll be confident up against an Ealing side that have won just once, at home to Cornish Pirates last month, since their return to the Championship.

But Bedford are unlikely to have it all their own way as Ealing Trailfinders have already picked up four bonus points this year, which has kept them in touch with the rest of the league.

 

 

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