GKIPA Championship preview - Round 2


Having opened their campaign in the most dramatic of circumstances against Worcester Warriors, Bristol Rugby can now look forward to another heavyweight clash in Round 2 with a trip to Yorkshire Carnegie on Sunday. Yorkshire kicked off their campaign with a bonus-point win, as did London Scottish, thanks, in no small part, to hat-trick hero and 2013/14 Championship Player of the Year nominee Mark Bright.

Nottingham and Doncaster are on the road as they also look to make it two wins from two, with Plymouth Albion and Jersey hoping to deny them, while Moseley, who came from behind to snatch a share of the spoils against Jersey - their sixth draw in as many Championship seasons, make the short journey to Sixways to tackle west Midlands rivals Worcester. Bedford and Rotherham do battle at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues v Rotherham Titans, Saturday September 13, KO 15:00pm
Rotherham are on a four-game winning run in all competitions against the Blues. Three of those victories came last season, when the Titans won home and away in the league and once at Goldington Road in the British & Irish Cup. The Titans registered over 30 points on each occasion. The Blues have lost four of their last five home games.

Jersey v Doncaster Knights, Saturday September 13, KO 15:00pm
The home side won their respective games when these sides last met in the 2012/13 Championship season - Jersey's first at this level. Jersey won 13-10 at St Peter, with the Castle Park clash ending 22-17 in Doncaster's favour.

Plymouth Albion v Nottingham Rugby, Saturday September 13, KO 15:00pm
Plymouth go into the game hoping to end an eight-game losing run that spans last season. They defeated Nottingham twice at Brickfields last season, 28-9 in the B&I Cup and 22-12 in the Championship. Nottingham last won at Brickfields on October 27, 2012, when they won by 31 points to 22.

Worcester v Moseley, Saturday September 13, KO 15:00pm
Worcester did the double over Moseley in their 2010/11 Championship title-winning season, with a 45-7 win at Sixways and a 37-18 victory at Billesley Common. Moseley's last success against the Warriors was a 22-15 home win on December 9, 2000. Moseley have only won one of their last nine away matches.

Yorkshire Carnegie v Bristol Rugby, Sunday September 7, KO 14:30
These sides faced each other five times last season, with Carnegie claiming three wins to Bristol's two. Bristol, though, were one of only two sides - London Welsh being the other - to defeat the Yorkshire side on their home patch in the Championship, when, on March 23, they came away from Headingley with maximum points from a 33-27 victory.

Cornish Pirates v London Scottish, Sunday September 7, KO 15:00
A brace of tries from scrum-half Tom Kessell ultimately decided last season's corresponding fixture - an attritional 16-8 win for the Pirates. The previous season Scottish won in the Duchy 20-17. The overall head-to-head record in the Championship stands at three wins apiece.

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