- Top the table Carnegie host Doncaster in Yorkshire derby on Friday night
- Moseley search for first win since opening day when they face Rotherham this weekend
- Top-scorers Bristol are away against newly promoted Ealing Trailfinders
Friday 9th October 2015
Nottingham v London Welsh, 19:45
Yorkshire Carnegie v Doncaster, 20:00
Saturday 10th October 2015
Jersey v Bedford, 14:45
Ealing Trailfinders v Bristol, 15:00
Rotherham Titans v Moseley, 15:00
Sunday 11th October 2015
Cornish Pirates v London Scottish, 15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie v Doncaster
Top of the table Yorkshire Carnegie have won four of their five games so far this season and come into their local derby against Doncaster at Headingley on the back of a narrow 26-23 away victory against Cornish Pirates. With three wins from five, the Knights are somewhat the surprise package of the season so far, displaying that yet again with a 27-23 win against newly promoted Ealing Trailfinders last time out.
Ian McGeechan’s Carnegie may have scored a bonus point in each of their five games so far this season but they come up against a Doncaster side that has Latu Makaafi, who is the top try-scorer in the league with eight scores, and wing Dougie Flockhart, who is the top scorer in the league with 55 points from five outings.
RUCK Prediction: The league leaders will want to bounce back at Headingley after losing their last home match against London Scottish two weeks ago, Therefore, even though the Knights have started the season strongly, they will probably struggle to get anything from this tough away fixture. Expect points though as both sides play an attacking brand of rugby.
Yorkshire by 12
Nottingham v London Welsh
London Welsh have enjoyed a decent start to the season on their return to the Championship, winning three of their five matches so far this season. They travel this weekend to Nottingham, who have struggled to get going so far this season, but they did win their last home match 34-22 against bottom of the table Moseley. Recently relegated Welsh though have a good record against their opponents, smashing them by over 30 points in their last two meetings.
RUCK Prediction: London Welsh will have been somewhat disappointed with their start to the season and will know to get back amongst the teams at the top they have to win this weekend. When looking at recent form and previous meetings Welsh should win easy, probably heading back to the capital with a bonus-point success.
Jersey v Bedford
Following back-to-back defeats, Bedford got back to winning ways last time out when they beat Nottingham comfortably 28-19 at home. Jersey also tasted success for the first time in three matches last weekend when they recorded their second win of the season with a 29-18 away victory against bottom of the table Moseley. Although on paper the Blues would be the favourites Jersey came out on top last time they faced Bedford on home turf, winning 17-3 back in February.
RUCK Prediction: Jersey are usually tough to beat at home and with Bedford’s form being inconsistent of late the Islanders might just be able to pull off the unlikely victory against the Blues’ yet again
Jersey by 3
Ealing Trailfinders v Bristol
Promotion-chasing Bristol head to recently promoted Ealing Trailfinders this weekend in search of a fifth successive win. Bristol, who are the league’s highest scorers (157), sit second in the league, which is eight places and 13 points above their opponents this weekend. The Trailfinders lost out 23-17 against Doncaster last time out but will take heart from their previous home game where they picked up their first win of the season with a 28-17 success against Cornish Pirates.
RUCK Prediction: Bristol are the in-form team in the Championship and with former Wales and British Lions international Gavin Henson playing some of his best rugby for year’s you’d expect them to win again, probably coming away with the bonus-point victory.
Bristol by 15
Rotherham Titans v Moseley
Mid-table Rotherham Titans will be hopeful of moving up the standings when they face bottom of the pile, Moseley, this weekend. The Titans put in a good effort as they were overcome 26-12 by big-spenders Bristol last time out but will take confidence from their home win against Yorkshire rivals, Doncaster, the week beforehand. Moseley, on the other hand, have not won since the opening day of the season, losing four consecutive matches.
RUCK Prediction: The Titans, who reached the play-offs last season, have continued to be one of the better sides in the division and should have no problem getting the win this weekend.
Rotherham by 10
Cornish Pirates v London Scottish
Sitting second from the bottom, Cornish Pirates have a had a difficult start to the campaign having not won since their opening day success against Nottingham. Their visitors, London Scottish, on the other hand have made an excellent start to their season winning four of their five games so far as well as narrowly overcoming London Welsh 11-10 in their local derby last Saturday. The Pirates don’t have a good record against Scottish either, losing four of their last five meetings.
RUCK Prediction: London Scottish have had a good start to the campaign as they look to build upon their third place finish last season. They have an excellent record against the Pirates and they should only strengthen that with another win this weekend.
London Scottish by 7