Preview to Round 3 of GKIPA Championship17/09/2014
Early Greene King IPA Championship pacesetters London Scottish
will aim to make it three wins from three when they welcome Bedford
Blues to the Athletic Ground on Saturday. Scottish are the only
team in the division to still boast a 100% record after
back-to-back bonus-point wins in the first two rounds - with
Cornish Pirates being the latest victims. Pirates were also on the
receiving end of No.8 Mark Bright's second hat-trick in as many
games as they fell to a 30-19 defeat at the Mennaye Field.
Nottingham appear to have put last season's struggles behind them to sit second at this early stage of the season. The Green & Whites have begun with wins over Bedford and Plymouth Albion, and will be looking to take Jersey's scalp when the Channel Islanders visit Meadow Lane on Sunday.
Newly-promoted Doncaster Knights and Bristol both have eight points apiece and are at home in Round 3, to Worcester Warriors and Cornish Pirates respectively, while Rotherham Titans welcome Plymouth to Clifton Lane and Moseley host Yorkshire Carnegie on Friday night.
Friday September 19
Moseley v Yorkshire Carnegie, KO 19:30
Yorkshire Carnegie are on a 13-game winning streak in the league against Moseley, having recorded the double over the Birmingham-based side last season. Not since they won 27-22 at The Reddings on 12 September 1998 have Moseley beaten Carnegie, then called Leeds Tykes, in league rugby. Moseley have only lost once at home in the last 10 matches to be played at Billesley Common on a Friday night - Carnegie blotting their copybook with a 29-20 win on 5 April, 2013.
Saturday September 20
Doncaster v Worcester, KO 14:30
Saturday's clash at Castle Park pits together the side that came up from National One with the side relegated from the Premiership. Worcester did the double over Doncaster the last time they played at this level, winning 30-28 at Sixways and 37-16 in the return match. Knights fly-half Jamie Lennard and Director of Rugby Clive Griffiths come up against their former clubs.
London Scottish v Bedford, KO 15:00
Top plays bottom at The Athletic Ground as lowly Bedford go in search of their first points of the campaign. The Blues have left with losing bonus points on their last two visits to Richmond, falling to a 19-15 defeat last season and 26-23 the previous year. The Blues have only won once on their travels in nine matches in all competitions.
Rotherham v Plymouth Albion, KO 15:00
Rotherham are on a five-game winning streak against a Plymouth side that has not tasted victory at Clifton Lane since New Year's Day 2011. Titans ran in seven tries as they cruised to a 45-10 win in last season's corresponding fixture. These two well-established Championship sides first met in league rugby back in 1995 when they were in the old Division 4.
Sunday September 21
Bristol v Cornish Pirates, KO 15:00
The last nine matches between the sides have ended in home wins. Marco Mama became the first Bristol forward to score four league tries in a match in over 500 league games in last season's corresponding fixture, a 46-33 win for Andy Robinson's men. Pirates took the honours in the two other games played last season - 21-15 at the Mennaye and 23-21 in the West Country double-header at Sandy Park.
Nottingham v Jersey, KO 15:00
Nottingham have not begun a league campaign with three straight wins this side of the Millennium. Jersey did the double over Nottingham last season, winning 22-19 at Meadow Lane in October before edging an equally tense game at St Peter, 17-13, to provide head coach Harvey Biljon with his first win in charge of the team.