The RFU Championship looks like it is gearing up for one of its best ever seasons.
There are just 11 points separating the top eight sides from top dogs Bedford down to eighth-placed Doncaster.
There is a real feel good factor around the league at the minute.
Any side on any given day can beat any other it seems - and that is creating some cracking matches.
Sky TV are continuing their support of the Championship and it did the competition no harm at all to have that astonishing Bristol v London Welsh game on the other week.
Sky’s continued commitment is crucial because firstly, it lets rugby fans know that we exist and secondly, that there are some quality teams and some very impressive players in the second tier of rugby in this country.
It’s also good for us Champo teams to see the likes of Exeter and Worcester doing well in the Aviva Premiership.
Many of the players that are performing well for those clubs were strutting their stuff in the Championship in the last year or two. Neither club has made huge changes to its personnel.
If they can do it, why can’t we?
It will be tough to pick a winner this year. Bedford, the Cornish Pirates and London Welsh were always going to be up there. Bristol have bounced back well, Leeds have a Premiership parachute payment to work with, Rotherham have worked their way back from some tough times and we always have pretentions to play at the top level.
Our 62-20 win over Moseley last weekend saw us play some lovely rugby and saw me make a debut on the PA system.
Our regular guy couldn’t make it and so I got asked to do something useful around the club and take his place.
I was dreading getting someone’s name wrong but it all went okay on a very busy afternoon.
I like to think I was typically biased in my announcements and when poor old Moseley winger Brad Hunt completed his hat-trick against us, I announced it like I was reading out a sombre message at a funeral!
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