Richard Hill Coach at Bristol

Arguably the pick of the weekend’s fixtures is on Friday night at Sixways where Worcester and Bristol, Premiership rivals just two years ago, go head- tohead. Warriors boss Richard Hill faces his former club and will be hoping for an improvement from the hit- and- miss display his side produced in Saturday’s 37-18 win at Moseley. Bristol face a five day turnaround after losing 23-16 to Bedford on Sunday.

Second plays third when the Blues entertain the Cornish Pirates at Goldington Road. The Pirates overcame stubborn first half resistance from Plymouth to run in 28 unanswered points in a 46-13 success. Grant Pointer scored two of the six Pirates tries against an Albion side that hosts Rotherham on Saturday.

Doncaster and Nottingham produced the highest- scoring match since the Championship was introduced when they shared an aggregate of 88 points at Castle Park. The Knights came from behind to score two tries in stoppage time to win a thrilling contest 46-42. The Knights’ potent attack will now attempt to unlock London Welsh’s unyielding defence at Old Deer Park on Saturday. Welsh have only conceded four tries this season, the latest coming in the 22-19 loss at Esher when former players, Mike Whitehead and Sam Ulph were key to their downfall. In their next fixture, Esher travel to Birmingham to take on a Bees side still without a point following a 32-14 defeat at Rotherham. In Sunday’s other fixture, Nottingham and Moseley clash at Meadow Lane.