Rugby this weekend: London Scottish hoping for new year, new London Scottish

By Joe Acklam

6th Jan 2023 | Rugby


London Scottish will want to improve on their solitary league win so far this season. Photo: Jean Marc Crespo from Pixabay.
London Scottish will want to improve on their solitary league win so far this season. Photo: Jean Marc Crespo from Pixabay.

London Scottish will hope that 2023 brings a change in fortunes on the field for them and it begins with a home match against Hartpury University. 

Scottish have won just one league game this season and ended the year with a 22-8 mauling against local rivals Richmond on New Year's Eve. 

Hartpury have had a very inconsistent season, with five wins and five losses from ten games, but they are on a run of three straight wins, including scoring 45 points against third place Coventry. 

Kick-off at Richmond Athletic Ground is at 2:30pm on Saturday. 

London Welsh will be hoping to continue their climb up the table as they face a strong Havant team in Regional One South Central. 

Despite two defeats heading into the new year, Welsh had been on a streak of four wins in six to break a slow start to the season and climb up the table. 

However, it will be a tough test to end their recent losing streak as they travel to face third-place Havant who are on a run of four wins in five matches. 

Kick-off at Hooks Lane Ground is at 3pm on Saturday. 

Harlequins will be looking to get back on the horse after two consecutive defeats as they host Sale Sharks at the Twickenham Stoop. 

Quins are up to third in the Gallagher Premiership, but have lost their last two against Northampton Saints and Bristol Bears and will need to turn that around if they are to cut the gap to Sale in second. 

Sale have only lost three times in the league this season, but one of those came against Harlequins at the AJ Bell Stadium back in October. 

Kick-off at the Twickenham Stoop is at 3pm on Sunday. 

Ealing Trailfinders will be hoping to carry their unbeaten season forward into 2023 as they visit Caldy in the RFU Championship. 

Ealing made it through the first half of the season with a perfect record, 13 wins from 13 matches across league and cup, and after a two-week break since their last match, they will be looking to continue that form into the new year. 

Their opponents in Caldy sit second bottom of the table with just two wins, and those two wins were by a combined total of three points. 

Kick-off at Paton Field is at 2pm on Saturday.

Teddington RFC return from a break of over a month to put their unbeaten season on the line against Old Whitgiftians in Counties Two Surrey. 

The Antlers' last game was a 13-10 win against Purley John Fisher on 3rd December and they will be looking to add to their 12 straight wins. 

Old Whitgiftians are sat in fifth, but have lost consistency in recent weeks having not won or lost two-straight matches since late October. 

Kick-off at Croham Manor Road is at 2pm on Saturday. 

Elsewhere in the area, London Irish host Bristol Bears and Kingston RFC are at home against Weybridge Vandals. 

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