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Your News London Welsh look to bounce back against Rotherham

London Welsh have little time to dwell on Saturdays 44-14 defeat to Bedford in the British & Irish Cup as they travel to Rotherham on Wednesday for their re-arranged Championship fixture.

The Dragons were put to the sword by the Blues in the second half at Goldington Road, but will be determined to get back to winning ways at Clifton Lane a ground where they have won on their last three visits.

London Welsh lock Matt Corker has played in all three of those victories and despite the Dragons coming out on top 39-10 when the sides met at Old Deer Park earlier in the season, hes under no illusions as to the size of the challenge that the Exiles face.

The Cornish Pirates 19-18 defeat at Rotherham was a timely reminder, if any were needed, of what a tough place Clifton Lane is to get a result.

Rotherham is a massive game for us, weve got to go up there and get something. Theyre having a good season and theyre not going to roll over, said Corker.

Theyve never been easy wins, but a couple of those have definitely coincided with us coming together, playing well and playing a bit more to our patterns. Hopefully that will follow and well go up there and do the same.

Theyre a big pack and first and foremost youve got to win the street fight. Theyve also a good lineout and a good scrum, but I think against Bedford our scrum was good.

You know that you can go to any place in this league and be beaten, and if you are not on your game teams will take advantage. With our poor performance against Bedford theyll definitely be coming at us because theyre trying to get into the play-offs.

Corker also believes London Welshs 30-point defeat at the hands of Bedford in the B&I Cup will have no bearing when the sides meet again in the Championship at Old Deer Park on February 5.

It might sound a little bit ridiculous given the scoreline but we know theres nothing for us to fear, said Corker.

We know that wasnt the sort of performance that weve been turning out and were disappointed, so when those guys come down here it will definitely be different.

Well have very different expectations as we need the win to finish where we want to in the league going into the play-offs. It will also be massive in terms of momentum.

If they expect us to play like we did on Saturday when they come down, then theyll get a bit of a shock.

Welsh remain winless in Pool C after two games despite Dominic Shabbos intercept try giving the Dragons a deserved early lead at Goldington Road.

Tries from Will Fraser and Handre Schmidt saw the Blues take a 12-7 lead into the break, with four James Pritchard penalties and a Jake Sharp drop goal widening the margin to 20 points.

Although Waisea Luveniyali pulled a try back on his first start for Welsh, late scores from Will Chudley and Schmidt wrapped up the bonus point for the home side.

It was a massively disappointing result; you never want to go to a place like Goldington Road and play like that, especially after what happened in the league, added Corker.

To concede two late tries was very disappointing, as we pride ourselves on our defence we havent been beat like that all season.

We could have been more clinical [in the first half], we could have finished off some of our chances and we didnt really capitalise on the territory that we had. We only have ourselves to blame that we werent ahead.

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