London Scottish keen to maintain championship top spot ahead of Bedford Blues clash at Richmond Athletic Ground

London Scottish are looking to continue their 100% record this season against Bedford Blues at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Scottish top the Greene King IPA Championship Table after successive victories against Rotherham Titans and Cornish Pirates.

Bedford have had reverse fortunes and lie bottom of the league, but backs coach Peter Richards is not underestimating the opponents.

He said: “Bedford will come down looking to upset us and we have got to be ready for a physical encounter,” said the 2007 England World Cup star.

“They were on the end of a backlash from Rotherham’s loss here and I expect us to get a reaction from Bedford.

“They probably didn’t show up as physically as they would have liked last week. That doesn’t happen very often two weeks in a row.

“I saw the game last year against Bedford and they are a very physical team. We only won the game narrowly in the last five minutes.

“But we are in a good position after two good wins and we will look to attack Bedford and score tries.”

Scottish have a former Bedford player in their ranks in the shape of new signing Gregor Gillanders.

Scottish narrowly missed out on a playoff spot last season, finishing fifth in what was their highest league position in 15 years.

They produced an exciting brand of rugby and boasted top try scorer Miles Mantella in their ranks, who crossed over 19 times last season.

Scottish will be hoping to go further this time out and push for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

They make three changes to their line-up, with Dan Newton and Harlequins dual-registered Sam Twomey joined by prop Max Maidment, who makes his first competitive start for the club.

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