Nottingham suffered a second straight British and Irish
Cup defeat, beaten 22-14 at Moseley, which leaves them at the foot
of Pool 3 with just a single point.
A red card for full back Conor Bullivant 15 minutes before the
break looked to have given the home side a match-winning
The Green and Whites put in a huge effort though, two tries in
the space of a minute early in the second half bringing them back
to within three points.
The first quarter saw Nottingham struggle for possession,
Moseley taking the lead with a Sam Olver penalty.
The opening try soon followed as Nile Dacres broke through,
Olver's conversion making it 10-nil.
As if that were not enough Bullivant's red card, apparently for
a spear tackle, left them with a massive task on their hands.
And it quickly got worse as Moseley forced a second try from a
close range lineout that came from the resulting penalty. Joe
Carpenter got the touch down and Olver made it 17-nil with the
Maybe it was a sense of injustice, but the incident seemed to
galvanise Nottingham. They finished the first half on top and were
unlucky to go in at half time without a score.
The second half saw them address that, the pack driving over the
home line with skipper Matt Everard getting the try and Rory Lynn
adding the conversion.
And within seconds of the restart they got a second as Moseley's
kick off didn't go 10 metres. With the referee playing advantage,
hooker Shaun Malton ran through from halfway to touch down, Lynn's
conversion making it 17-14.
The Green and Whites continued to make a mockery of their
numerical disadvantage with a good spell of pressure, but when the
home side finally cleared upfield they re-established control with
an unconverted try from Sam Brown for a 22-14 win.