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Championship round up

Birmingham & Solihull picked up their first win of the season by running in six tries against newly- promoted Esher. Wing Mitch Culpin scored a brace, while

Adrian Griffiths, with his fourth in three games, fellow lock Semisi Taulava, Adam Clayton and Tom Foden also got on the scoresheet in the 38-16 win. The

Bees scored 14 unanswered points in the final quarter against an Esher side that will look to bounce back on Saturday in a home game against Plymouth.

The Bees travel to Doncaster in the next round.

Nottingham continue to pile on the points with Moseley the latest side to be cut to the sword. Dave Jackson became the third Nottingham player this season

to score a hat- trick as the Green & Whites won 40-15. Bristol lie in wait next for Glenn Delaney’s merry men, and they will be desperate to pick up some

points. Paul Hull’s side remain in the bottom four after going down 38-20 to Worcester on Friday evening.

Leaders Worcester do battle with Bedford for the first time in league rugby since 24th January 2004. Bedford warmed up for the eagerly- awaited fixture with

a 32-25 victory against the Cornish Pirates. Skipper James Pritchard led from the front with a 22- point haul.

The Pirates entertain Rotherham, who lost at Plymouth, while Moseley, now second from bottom, will have to end a six- game losing streak to London Welsh,

that stretches back almost three years, to have any hope of climbing the table.