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- The Championship
- Play-Off Semi Final
- 4th May 2013
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Bedford Blues open up nine-point advantage over Nottingham in RFU Championship play-off
London Welsh's survival hopes were given a slight boost after Bedford Blues beat Nottingham 26-17 in the first leg of their RFU Championship semi-final.
The Blues are the only one of the four play-off sides that do not meet the criteria for promotion to the Premiership - and can therefore save Welsh from the drop.
And tries from Mark Atkinson and Ben Ransom and 16 points from the boot of Myles Dorrian means that the Blues head to Meadow Lane with a nine-point advantage.
The Blues have been beaten semi-finalists for the past three seasons, losing to the eventual champions - London Welsh, Worcester and Exeter - on each occasion.
However they remain on course for a first final appearance with an impressive win.
Nottingham, though, have their sights set on the Premiership and a late penalty try means they remain in the hunt. James Arlidge weighed in with a try, a penalty and two conversions for a personal haul of 12 points.
The second leg will be played at Meadow Lane on Friday, with the winners facing either Newcastle or Leeds.
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|Sunday 23rd November|
|Cornish Pirates 65 - 14 Bedford|
|Bristol 26 - 17 Rotherham Titans|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|Moseley 26 - 27 Nottingham|
|Doncaster 9 - 19 London Scottish|
|Friday 21st November|
|Yorkshire Carnegie 19 - 19 Plymouth Albion|
|Worcester 32 - 29 Jersey|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Plymouth Albion 10 - 22 Worcester|
|Doncaster 13 - 28 Moseley|
|Rotherham Titans 21 - 13 Cornish Pirates|
|Friday 14th November|
|Nottingham 13 - 27 Bristol|
|Bedford 15 - 10 Yorkshire Carnegie|
|London Scottish 38 - 17 Jersey|
|Sunday 9th November|
|Cornish Pirates 13 - 28 Nottingham|
|Saturday 8th November|
|Jersey 19 - 0 Plymouth Albion|
|Moseley 16 - 9 London Scottish|
|Friday 7th November|
|Yorkshire Carnegie 0 - 6 Rotherham Titans|
|Bristol 24 - 12 Doncaster|
|Worcester 42 - 12 Bedford|
|Sunday 5th October|
|London Scottish 64 - 16 Plymouth Albion|
|Nottingham 26 - 20 Yorkshire Carnegie|
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