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GK IPA Championship preview – Round 21

07/04/2014

Leeds Carnegie and Rotherham Titans need three points from their
last three games of the regular season to be mathematically certain
of joining Bristol Rugby and London Welsh in the Greene King IPA
Championship play-offs.

As things stand, Yorkshire rugby's flag-bearers are on 70 points -
13 ahead of fifth-placed London Scottish. All three contenders are
in action on Sunday with Rotherham having the toughest test on
paper with a trip to Cornish Pirates. The Titans have only ever won
once in 11 attempts away to the Pirates, their last visit to the
Mennaye Field ending in a 53-21 hammering in November 2012.

Leeds will be looking to make it two wins in nine days against
Plymouth Albion at Headingley Carnegie following their British
& Irish Cup quarter-final win over the same opposition last
Friday. Leeds have never lost at home to Albion at this level in
league or cup.

Scottish play host to ninth-placed Bedford Blues who could still
move up two places or drop two places in the GKIPA table depending
on how they and the sides closest to them fare in their remaining
games. Blues won 21-13 when the sides met at Goldington Road on New
Year's Day.

The televised clash between Moseley and league leaders Bristol
tops Saturday's triple bill, kick off at Billesley Common is
17:05pm. Nicky Robinson and George Watkins both grabbed a brace of
tries apiece in the first meeting of the season: a 29-8 win for
Bristol at the Memorial Stadium on December 28. Moseley can take
comfort though from the fact they have never lost to Bristol at
Billesley Common.

The league's bottom two clubs both feature in Saturday's earlier
kick offs, with Jersey away to London Welsh and Ealing Trailfinders
at home to Nottingham Rugby. A win for Nottingham at Vallis Way
would make them safe from the threat of relegation. Green &
Whites skipper Brent Wilson scored a hat-trick yet still finished
on the losing side after Ealing pulled off a shock 28-27 win at
Meadow Lane at the turn of the year.

Ealing need to win to maintain any realistic hopes of reeling in
Jersey who have an eight-point cushion at the foot of the table.
Jersey lost 33-26 when they last played London Welsh. Welsh have
won their last six games and are currently four points behind
leaders Bristol.

Round 21 fixtures
Saturday April 12
London Welsh v Jersey, KO 14:00
Ealing Trailfinders v Nottingham Rugby, KO 15:00
Moseley v Bristol Rugby, KO 17:05 (Live on Sky Sports HD)

Sunday April 13
London Scottish v Bedford Blues, KO 14:00
Cornish Pirates v Rotherham Titans, KO 15:00
Leeds Carnegie v Plymouth Albion, KO 15:00

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