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Nottingham vs Jersey - Match Preview

Nottingham Rugby welcome Jersey to Meadow Lane on Sunday (21st September - 3pm Kick Off) as they aim to make it three wins from three in the Greene King IPA Championship.


Jersey Preview 2014

The Green and Whites come into the match buoyed by an impressive, come from behind, victory at Plymouth last time out, where they recovered from 10-0 down after 15 minutes to triumph 24-17, gaining a bonus point in the process.

Nottingham Head Coach Martin Haag commented, "As a coaching team we were very pleased with the performance against Plymouth, which is always a tough place to visit.  They came out of the blocks firing and we found ourselves behind on the scoreboard very quickly.  It was encouraging to see the growing maturity in the team.  They didn't panic and gradually built their way back into the match.

"We finished our chances well and it was good to see that two tries were scored by props and two were scored by wingers, demonstrating the variety we had to our game.  As always, there are plenty of things we want to improve on and we certainly don't want to be giving teams a 10-0 lead every week!

"There is a great atmosphere around the squad and you can sense the confidence building after two solid performances.  We want to keep that going this weekend against a good Jersey side, so we have to make sure that we're doing everything a bit better than we did the week before.  If we can continue to do that each week we'll give a good account of ourselves this season."

Haag has made one change to his starting line up for this match, with Liam O'Neill coming in on the wing in place of Pila Iongi to make his first start for the club.  There are some changes amongst the replacements as Jon Vickers comes into the squad for the first time this season.  Jacob Knight and Corey Venus also come in for Louis Grimoldby and O'Neill respectively.

Nottingham team to face Jersey:

15) Billy Robinson
14) Liam O'Neill
13) Ed Styles
12) Joe Munro
11) Ryan Hough
10) Will Maisey
9)   Sean Romans

1)   Campese Ma'afu
2)   Shaun Malton
3)   Michael Holford
4)   Toby Freeman
5)   Dan Montagu
6)   Tom Calladine
7)   Brent Wilson (c)
8)   Paul Grant

Replacements:

16) Conor Carey
17) Jon Vickers
18) Rupert Cooper
19) Matt Everard
20) Alex Smit
21) Jacob Knight
22) Corey Venus