Doncaster have never lost at home to Rotherham at this level of league rugby and go into Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby in fine fettle. The Knights pulled

off a sensational 41-3 win at Plymouth last weekend, with fullback Stephen McColl grabbing a hat- trick. They are now level on points with the Titans who

were far less convincing winners against Esher, scraping home 25-22.

Esher take on the Cornish Pirates who became the first side to lower Worcester’s colours. A third penalty of the night in stoppage time for Rob Cook saw the

Warriors’ 100% record come to an end.

London Welsh are now hot on the heels of the league leaders after a 21- point haul from Aled Thomas helped them to a 39-14 win over Bristol. Phil

Greening’s men now get the chance to display their Premiership credentials in front of the television cameras. Friday’s game at Bedford is the first of the

season to be shown live by Sky Sports and should make for an entertaining spectacle. The Blues warmed up for the clash with a 24-13 win at Nottingham.

Elsewhere, Moseley pipped Birmingham & Solihull in the basement battle at Damson Park thanks to Yann Thomas’ last- gasp converted try. The red and

blacks have another potential dogfight on their hands at home to Plymouth on Saturday, while the Bees are away to Bristol 24 hours later. Worcester continue

their Friday night experiment with a home game against Nottingham.