Rugby this weekend: London Scottish face fellow strugglers Ampthill

By Joe Acklam

27th Jan 2023 | Rugby


Neither London Scottish nor Ampthill have won a match this year. Photo: robert williams from Pixabay.
Neither London Scottish nor Ampthill have won a match this year. Photo: robert williams from Pixabay.

London Scottish will be hoping to take confidence from running Jersey Reds close last week as they take on fellow strugglers Ampthill. 

Scottish did not get a positive result last weekend, but running Jersey as close as they did will give some hope to a team who have won just one game in the league this season. 

Ampthill are just one place above Scottish in the table and are on an even longer run without a win, having not been on the right side of a result since 22nd October against Caldy. 

Kick-off at Richmond Athletic Ground is at 3pm on Saturday. 

London Welsh will hope to get back-to-back wins in Regional One South Central as they face struggling Banbury. 

Welsh have only failed to go back-to-back after winning a game once this season, and with their dominant 42-27 win against Sutton and Epsom last time out, they will be hoping to keep that up. 

They are taking on third from bottom Banbury this weekend, who have conceded 104 points in their last two away games. 

Kick-off at Old Deer Park is at 2pm on Saturday. 

Harlequins face the prospect of a local derby this weekend as they return to league action against London Irish. 

Quins got a big win last weekend as they maintained their unbeaten home record in the European Rugby Champions Cup with a 39-29 win against Sharks, and return to Gallagher Premiership action in third place. 

Their hosts this weekend in London Irish are ninth in the table, but the division is so congested that they are only five points behind Harlequins, and they are one of four teams in the whole league with a positive points difference. 

Kick-off at the Gtech Community Stadium is at 3pm on Sunday. 

Ealing Trailfinders will hope to continue their return to form as they face a top of the table clash against Coventry. 

After losing their first game of 2023, the Trailfinders have got back on the horse and have won two consecutive matches to reaffirm themselves at the top of the RFU Championship. 

They face a tough opponent in third-placed Coventry this weekend, who have lost just once in the league since Ealing beat them 50-5 in October. 

Kick-off at Trailfinders Sports Club is at 3pm on Saturday. 

Teddington RFC will feel confident of maintaining their unbeaten season as they face Effingham and Leatherhead at home this weekend. 

The Antlers were denied a 14th win of the season last weekend by the weather, due to a postponement against Chipstead, but their record remains 13 wins from 13 matches. 

This weekend they face the side third bottom of Counties Two Surrey, but Effingham are only above Law Society due to their points deduction and their last win came in early November. 

Kick-off at Bushy Park is at 2pm on Saturday. 

Elsewhere in the area, Richmond are away against Hartpury on Saturday, Twickenham RFC play at home against Old Cranleighans, and Kingston RFC are on the road against Chobham. 

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