Heroic Nottingham Defence Shuts Out London
By Andi Starr
An impressive defensive display from Nottingham earned them a
valuable win as they overcame third-placed London Scottish at
rain-soaked Meadow Lane.
Conditions dictated that it would be far from pretty, but the Green
and Whites played sensible rugby.
They dominated the first half and built up a 12-point lead by the
break, thanks to five penalties form Matt Jarvis, Dan Newton
replying for the visitors.
They had to defend for long periods of the second half as Scottish
set about getting back into the game, but stuck to that defensive
task with great resolution to frustrate their opponents.
Scottish simply could not find any space as Nottingham hassled them
and closed them down at every opportunity.
Against one of the better packs in the Championship they can be
pleased with their set piece, but it was their stubborn refusal to
give the visitors any space that brought the much-needed
A penalty from Jarvis gave Nottingham the lead in only the third
They soon added to that as they stole a loose ball on halfway and
stormed into the London Scottish 22 to force a second penalty for
Jarvis to make it 6-nil.
Stealing another loose ball brought them a third penalty and Jarvis
was on target again to make it 9-nil in the 15th minute.
They were dominating possession and putting the visitors under
pressure, soon forcing a fourth penalty, only for Jarvis's kick to
drift wide in the wind.
London Scottish kicked back upfield and set up an attack which
brought them a penalty, Dan Newton getting their first points on
Within three minutes though Jarvis cancelled out that score with
his fourth successful kick of the evening.
Their best attack of the half took them deep into the visitors' 22,
but they lost possession and Scottish were able to clear to
But they were penalised at the resulting lineout and Jarvis slotted
over the kick to make it 15-3 at half time.
Surprisingly there was addition to that score in a second half that
saw Scottish come increasingly into the game.
By midway through the second half the visitors were enjoying a
similar level of domination that the Green and Whites had done in
For all their efforts though they only got close to the home line
on a couple of occasions as Nottingham frustrated them.
Their best attack saw them drive at the Nottingham line with phase
after phase, but the home defence kept them out.
They forced a scrum under the Nottingham posts as the game moved
into injury time, but it was the Green and Whites who came away
with the ball to clear their lines.