Monday, January 2, 2012

French and English Second Division Wrap

The French second division ProD2 continues to take a Christmas break and will return next week, but the English second division the Championship continued this week. Unfortunately for the Championship the nature of the playoff system makes the league a farce, meaning matches such as second Bedford against fourth Cornish Pirates utterly pointless. This season has been made even more a joke  by the fact that the top 8 and the bottom 4 have been pretty much already decided, they might as well start the playoffs now.

Championship roundup

Struggling Plymouth Albion defeated Doncaster 18-6 at home, Canadians Tyler Hotson and Sean-Michael Stephen both started whilst Aaron Carpenter came off the bench.

Bristol continue to be the team to beat as they got an easy 35-24 victory away to Nottingham. Juan Pablo Socino continued his record as having started every match for Nottingham this season, but Bristol's Mariano Sambucetti was left on the bench for the first time this season.

London Welsh have struggled in the last few weeks and were upset at home by Moseley 10-7, American Shawn Pittman started at tighthead for London Welsh.

James Pritchard
Rock bottom Esher surprised Rotherham to win 24-12 at home to record their first league win of the season, Esher were grateful to the boost of a few Premiership players on loan to help them, Canadians Jamie Mackenzie and Phil Mackenzie also started.

Bedford easily beat the Cornish Pirates 32-13 at home, experienced Canadian James Pritchard kicked 9 points for Bedford whilst his fellow Canadian Matt Evans started on the wing for the Pirates.

Leeds just squeaked home 19-17 against London Scottish with a late penalty, USA Eagles stalwart Mike MacDonald started for Leeds whilst scrum half Robbie Shaw came off the bench. For London Scottish ex Beardo Adam Kleeberger started his second match for them whilst the Pumas Agustín Gosio started on the wing.

Standings
1. Bristol 60
2. Bedford 51
3. London Welsh 49
4. Cornish Pirates 48
5. Rotherham 47
6. Leeds 44
7. Nottingham 43
8. Doncaster 39
9. Moseley 27
10. London Scottish 25
11. Plymouth Albion 22
12. Esher 8

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