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Leedss poor record on the opening day of the season continued after they went down to a disappointing 34-29 defeat against Nottingham at Meadow Lane. It is now four years since they kicked off a league campaign on a winning note. Carnegie threw away a 20-3 lead in the 2012/13 Championship season curtain-raiser and will be desperate to make amends when they welcome the divisions new boys, Jersey, to Headingley Carnegie on Friday night in a game that pitches Leeds winger David Doherty against his former club. Jersey lost to another of Dohertys former employers, Cornish Pirates, in their Championship debut.

Also searching for their first win on Friday night are Doncaster and Bristol who meet at Castle Park following their respective losses to Plymouth and Newcastle. Bristol were comprehensive winners in all four clashes between the sides last season, scoring 194 points in the process.

Having staged a dramatic recovery to beat Leeds, Nottingham Rugby are now looking to record back-to-back wins at the start of the season for the first time in seven years. Moseley boss Kevin Maggs comes up against former Bath team-mate, Martin Haag, now the Director of Rugby at Nottingham in one of two Saturday games. Maggs will be looking for a big response from his side after a 50-6 loss away to Bedford in Round 1. But the form book points to a Nottingham win, as the Green & Whites have won the last nine meetings at this level.

London Scottish and Newcastle Falcons will do battle for the first time in league rugby for 14 years when they meet at the Athletic Ground. The home side won both games when they last met in the 1998/99 Premiership season, Scottish beating a star-studded Falcons outfit 27-17 on their own patch.

Bedford Blues have won the last three encounters against Rotherham, racking up an average of 29 points along the way. And they showed their ability to score tries is as good as ever with seven touchdowns against Moseley. The Titans go into the game having lost away to London Scottish on the opening weekend for the second time in as many years.

Sundays solitary game sees Cornish Pirates entertain cross-Tamar rivals Plymouth Albion. The Pirates boast a six-game winning run in the head-to-head standings, with Albions last victory coming on April 16, 2010, when they won 19-14 in a promotion play-off fixture at Brickfields.

Round 1 results

Nottingham Rugby 34 29 Leeds Carnegie

Plymouth Albion 27 22 Doncaster Knights

Jersey 6 20 Cornish Pirates

Bedford Blues 50 6 Moseley

London Scottish 26 20 Rotherham Titans

Bristol Rugby 20 37 Newcastle Falcons

Round 2 fixtures

Friday September 7

Doncaster Knights v Bristol Rugby, KO 1945

Leeds Carnegie v Jersey, KO 2000

Saturday September 8

London Scottish v Newcastle Falcons, KO 1500

Moseley v Nottingham, KO 1500

Sunday September 9

Cornish Pirates v Plymouth Albion, KO 1500

Rotherham Titans v Bedford Blues, KO 1500

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