Another bumper crowd is expected at Ashton Gate on Friday night
as Round 4 of the Greene King IPA Championship kicks off with a
top-of-the-table clash between Bristol and early pacesetters London
Scottish. Neither side has yet to lose a game, with Scottish taking
a maximum 15 points from the opening three rounds and Bristol 13.
Well over 15,000 fans have attended Bristol's first two home games
against Worcester Warriors and Cornish Pirates.
At the bottom end of the table, Plymouth Albion take on Bedford
Blues at Brickfields and Cornish Pirates host Moseley. All four
sides have yet to open their accounts for the season.
Elsewhere, Jersey will be looking to build on their impressive
victory away to Nottingham in Round 3 when they play Rotherham
Titans at St Peter, and in another Saturday afternoon 3 o'clock
kick-off Worcester Warriors face Nottingham Rugby at Sixways. The
first Yorkshire derby of the season takes place at Headingley on
Sunday with Yorkshire Carnegie up against Doncaster Knights.
Bristol Rugby v London Scottish, Friday 26 September, KO
London Scottish haven't won in Bristol since coming away from the
Memorial Stadium with a 17-15 victory in the second leg of the
1997/98 Allied Dunbar Premiership play-off. All six Championship
meetings have gone the way of Bristol, the West Country side
averaging 36 points per game during that period.
Jersey v Rotherham Titans, Saturday 27 September, KO
Of the four league matches played between these sides, Rotherham
have won three and lost one. Last season's 35-22 win at St Peter
underlined the Titans' play-off credentials as it temporarily took
them to the top of the Championship table. On their only other
visit to the Island they were beaten 13-10, in January 2013.
Plymouth Albion v Bedford Blues, Saturday 27 September, KO
Brickfields has been a happy hunting ground for Bedford with
victories on each of their last eight visits there. Albion have not
beaten the Blues at home since they won 22-8 on 30 December, 2006.
The Blues won last season's corresponding game, 27-16, on a
bitterly cold night in November, with James Short, Mark Atkinson
and Patrick Tapley getting on the scoresheet.
Worcester Warriors v Nottingham Rugby, Saturday 27
September, KO 15:00
Nottingham took a losing bonus point from their last visit to
Sixways - a 35-28 defeat on 29 October, 2010. Marcel Garvey (2),
Miles Benjamin, Aleki Lutui and Graham Kitchener secured a maximum
five-point haul for the Warriors. Worcester are bidding to record a
third straight home win in the league for the first time since
Yorkshire Carnegie v Doncaster Knights, Sunday 28
September, KO 14:30
Current Carnegie full-back David McIlwaine was one of three try
scorers when his former side Doncaster last won at Headingley: a
30-16 victory, on 2 October 2011. A year later, though, it was a
different story, with Carnegie running in six tries to win
Cornish Pirates v Moseley, Sunday 28 September, KO
Moseley are still awaiting their first win against the Pirates on
Cornish soil. The Pirates have come out on top eight times, last
season's corresponding fixture finishing 28-13 to the Duchy outfit.
Pirates have lost their last four at home, while Moseley have only
won once on the road in their last 10 outings.
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