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London Welsh warmed up for their keenly awaited local derby against London Scottish on Saturday at Old Deer Park with a spot of archery.

Head coach Lyn Jones and his players proved a dab hand with a bow and arrow after accepting the invitation of the Royal Richmond Archery Club to test their skills, and will now turn their attention to targeting four points against near neighbours and arch rivals Scottish.

Its a fixture thats been keenly awaited ever since Scottishs promotion to the Championship and one thats guaranteed to provoke an air of nostalgia, with Scottish having providing London Welshs first ever opponents in October 1885. Scottish won by a goal and try to no score.

All the games weve experienced this year have been tight affairs and with local rivalry involved its going to be a ding-dong battle with a massive amount of commitment from both sides, said Jones.

We go into the game on the back of a couple of good victories and the squad is quite buoyant. We are showing some injuries to key players but thats just a test of the squad and how they can pull through.

We had a decent victory against Scottish in September in the B&I Cup, but things have moved on since then with Scottish and the threat theyll pose.

Saturday is going to be completely different to September, but having said that were going into the game fresh having comfortably beaten Aberavon.

Jones will be looking for a similar performance from Welsh as the one they put in earlier in the season in their derby meeting away at Esher. Having been turned over at Molesey Road the previous season, Welsh ran in four tries in a comfortable 37-3 victory.

Against Esher the boys turned up and were fully aware of what was in front of them and put in a professional performance. Esher are not on top of their game at the moment, but London Scottish are - theyre really coming back into form, said Jones.

Theyve got Guy Armitage at centre, whos a very powerful player, and theyve got the wily old fly half in James Brown, with a cultured left foot, who I know from old. He can cause us problems as well.

There are lots of threats with this Scottish side, but were growing and improving and well be confident in our own abilities to play some football and it should be a cracking game.

Welsh enjoyed a comfortable win over Scottish earlier this season at the Athletic Ground in the British & Irish Cup, and also recorded a pre-season victory at the same venue in August 2010.

Saturday, though, will be the first league meeting between the two sides since 1989/90, when Scottish won 18-14 in League 3 at the Athletic Ground. It was the last of the sides three league meetings.

In 1987/88 the sides played out a 24-24 draw at Old Deer Park, while the following season it was Welsh that came out on top 29-10, again at Old Deer Park. Both sides would suffer relegation at the end of the 1988/89 season.

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