Nottingham slipped out of the Championship top four
following a narrow 34-29 defeat at London Scottish, with Rotherham
Titans overtaking them courtesy of a single point win against
Those two results mean that this weekend's game against
Rotherham Titans at The Bay will go a long way towards deciding who
takes the final play off spot.
London Scottish secured their place in those play offs in an
absorbing and often breathless game at the Richmond Athletic
Ground, one that could have gone either way.
It was a game in which a strong wind also played its part. With
first use of it Nottingham built a 12-point lead, only to see the
home side overtake that lead over the course of the second
The tone for the afternoon was set within four minutes as both
sides ran in tries.
Shaun Malton started it all off, breaking clear from a ruck to
touch down under the posts, Will Maisey converting.
Almost from the restart though the home side cancelled out that
score as Peter Lydon kicked and chased, gathering the ball to cross
for a try. The wind hampered his conversion attempt leaving
Nottingham leading 5-7.
A penalty from Maisey increased that lead to five points before
Scottish missed a golden opportunity to level as Lee Miller threw
out a pass when it seemed easier for him to score.
But it was Miller who started the move that did bring a second
try. When he was held up midway inside the Nottingham 22 Lydon took
a pass and sent in Matt Williams for the equaliser.
Typical of this end-to-end game though Malton's second try
restored the lead for the Green and Whites, Maisey off target with
And they stretched further ahead when Billy Robinson broke
through for a try, following a scrum against the head for the
Nottingham pack. Maisey this time landed the conversion to give his
side that 12-point lead at the break.
They almost got a fourth try minutes into the second half but
were penalised just short of the home line.
Scottish replied quickly, a powerful drive form their pack
taking them over, with Mark Bright getting the touchdown to bring
them back to 15-22, Lydon again off target with his conversion.
A second from Bright midway through the second half, with Lydon
this time converting, levelled the scores and brought Scottish a
They took the lead minutes later with a try form centre Matt
Hawke, who crossed under the posts to give Lydon a simple
Yet again though the action switched to the other end as Maisey
beat the home defence for a try, adding the conversion to level at
29 points apiece.
But it was the home side who clinched the win with a try from
That left Nottingham with two bonus points, but it was not enough
to keep them in the top four and so all eyes will be on The Bay
this Friday for what promises to be a decisive game.