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Pos Pld Pts
1 Bristol 12 57
2 Worcester Warriors 12 55
3 London Scottish 12 41
4 Nottingham 12 39
5 Rotherham Titans 12 32
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RFU Championship Round 14 Preview

SKY Sports viewers and those in attendance at Meadow Lane on Sunday should be in for a real treat as Nottingham and Bedford Blues - two of the Championship's most entertaining sides - go head to head.

Sky gameJust two points separated the sides when they met at Goldington Road in Round 4, with the Blues winning by 27 points to 25. But Nottingham have kicked on since then to move into second place, level on points with the Blues but with a superior points difference.

Nottingham swapped places with the Blues after winning at Rotherham in the last round of fixtures - their first league win at Clifton Lane since 2007, while the Blues fell to a surprise defeat at London Scottish.

The Green & Whites' ability to score tries was no better demonstrated than in south Yorkshire, where they scored three times in the final seven minutes to overturn a 12-8 deficit and win 32-12.

A high-scoring affair is in prospect as both sides average nearly four tries per game in league rugby, while six of the last seven meetings have yielded an aggregate of 50 points or more per game.

While Nottingham v Bedford is a fitting finale to the next round of the Championship, three intriguing matches are scheduled to take place on Friday night.

Leeds Carnegie head to Bristol looking for their first win at the Memorial Stadium since a 17-12 success there in the 2002/03 Premiership campaign. Leeds thrashed Bristol 50-31 when the sides met earlier this season but Bristol won the corresponding game in 2011/12 by 33 points to 19.

Doncaster Knights could move off the bottom of the table if they beat London Scottish at home and Jersey lose to Rotherham the following day. But Scottish beat Doncaster 37-26, when the sides met back in September, and have hit a good run of form of late with their victory over Bedford preceded by a creditable point away to runaway leaders Newcastle.

The Falcons are also in action on Friday. Dean Richards' men are 16 points clear of Nottingham and they will look to extend their winning run in the league to 14 matches with victory over Cornish Pirates. Pirates, who are just out of the play-off zone, were the first side to deny the Falcons a try-scoring bonus point when they were beaten 25-3 in atrocious conditions at the Mennaye Field in Round 4.

Saturday's action features Jersey v Rotherham Titans and Plymouth Albion v Moseley. Titans captain Garry Law was the star of the show when his side last played Jersey, contributing 29 points in an emphatic 54-31 victory at Clifton Lane. But Rotherham will be mindful that Jersey's home form has improved of late with three wins from their last four league games at St Peter.

Plymouth defend a four-game unbeaten home run against Moseley when the sides meet at Brickfields. Moseley's last success at the Devon ground came on January 2, 2011, when they won 20-10.

2013-01-21T10:00:00

Nottingham Rugby News and Events

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Nottingham vs Plymouth Highlights 2015-01-23T13:36:00
Finlay Barnham Announces His Retirement 2015-01-22T09:00:00
Paul Grant - No Regrets 2015-01-19T16:06:00
Nottingham Rugby’s Morgan Eames Selected for England Students 2015-01-19T15:47:00
Mugford Sidelined for 8-10 Weeks 2015-01-19T15:11:00
Nottingham Make Winning Start at The Bay 2015-01-19T11:28:00
Nottingham announce team for first match at ‘The Bay’ 2015-01-16T12:00:00
The Bay: Information for home and away supporters 2015-01-15T13:10:00
Save time and buy your tickets online 2015-01-14T13:00:00
IMPORTANT MATCH DAY INFORMATION 2015-01-14T00:00:00
Nottingham beat Rotherham 28-19 at Clifton Lane 2015-01-12T10:00:00
Haag shuffles pack for trip to Rotherham 2015-01-09T09:00:00
The Bay Ticket Prices- SEATED NOW SOLD OUT FOR 18TH JAN 2015-01-08T00:00:00
Calling all season ticket holders- Seating Allocations! 2015-01-07T16:30:00
Nottingham Rugby are looking for match day volunteers! 2015-01-07T11:10:00
Open Day at The Bay 2015-01-07T00:00:00
Nottingham jump to third place after beating London Scottish in their final match at Meadow Lane 2015-01-05T10:22:00
Nottingham beat London Scottish in 136th and last match at Meadow Lane 2015-01-04T17:00:00
Nottingham announce team to face London Scottish in last match at Meadow Lane 2015-01-02T12:00:00
Nottingham rugby announces dream team to take on 'Meadow Lane All Stars' 2014-12-30T13:00:00