A combination of defeat at Bristol and Rotherham Titan's
win over Cornish Pirates saw Nottingham drop out of the
Championship play-off places.
Photo courtesy of John White
A crowd just short of 8,000 watched Bristol, who included nine
internationals in their starting XV, run in eight tries to record
an emphatic 51-17 win at Ashton Gate, Gareth Maule and David Lemi
both getting hat tricks.
The two No 10s, Matthew Morgan and Tiff Eden, exchanged early
penalties before Bristol winger Lemi sent Maule clear for the
With the conversion missed it was Nottingham who briefly took
the lead when Eden tagged on the conversion to a try from Campese
Ma'afu after the pack had mauled over.
But the home side replied with two tries in quick succession,
both from Lemi, with Morgan converting the second for a 20-10
And just before the break they secured a bonus point as Maule
grabbed his second of the game doing well to gather a crossfield
kick from Morgan and touch down in the corner to make it 25-10 at
the break, although Eden was unlucky to see a late penalty effort
hit the post.
Maule got his third in the opening minutes of the second half
before the Green and Whites were reduced to fourteen men following
a yellow card for skipper Brent Wilson.
Bristol capitalised on the one-man advantage with yet another
penetrating attack that saw back row man Jack Lam force his way
over, Morgan's conversion making it 37-10 midway through the second
Lemi then completed his hat trick before replacement Ben Mosses
tore through the Nottingham defence to touch down under the posts
for try number eight.
It was Nottingham who had the consolation of getting the final
score though as replacement prop George Porter, back on loan from
Worcester, crossed in the closing stages, with Will Maisey
It was a fifth consecutive defeat for Nottingham, one that
allowed Titans to leap-frog above them in the Championship table
with their 28-10 win at Pirates.