Nottingham got their hopes of a place in the promotion
play offs back on track with an important win over
There will be some disappointment at having conceded a couple of
soft tries but overall they were the better side and deserved their
It was never likely to be a stroll against a side fighting it
out at the bottom end of the table, and so it proved - it was only
in the last ten minutes that the Green and Whites managed to pull
And that came at a time when they were reduced to fourteen men,
Dan Montagu having been yellow-carded. While he was off the field
Nottingham scored two opportunist tries, both converted by Tiff
Eden, to win that 10 minute spell 14-5.
Apart from taking them back above Rotherham Titans and into the
top four, it also brought a run of five consecutive defeats to an
The Green and Whites dominated the opening minutes and as the
visitors struggled to get out of their own half they conceded a
penalty which Eden kicked to touch. The inevitable drive brought
the inevitable Brent Wilson try, with Eden landing the conversion
for an early 7-nil lead.
Moseley's first attack brought them a penalty, and they forced a
carbon copy score, driving back row man Ed Siggery over for a
Although Will Hooley missed the conversion he struck a pen over
five minutes later to put his side in front at 7-8.
Nottingham replied with another attempt at a pushover, but with
Moseley infringing the referee awarded a penalty try. Eden's
conversion gave them a 14-8 lead midway through the first half.
Back came Moseley though to grab their second try, this time Ben
Nutley getting over the line but Hooley again off target with the
Another strong drive from the Green and Whites eventually
produced a try. Although the Moseley defence managed to hold the
drive, Nottingham moved the ball infield and some good handling saw
Billy Robinson break the line for try number three. Eden's
conversion made it 21-13 just after the half hour.
Within minutes they clinched the all-important bonus point with
another good effort from Javiah Pohe, who raced in under the posts
to give Eden a straightforward conversion.
There was still time for more drama though as the visitors then
forced a penalty try in first half injury time, Will Hooley's
conversion making t 28-20 at the break.
But when Moseley were penalised at the first scrum of the second
half Nottingham quickly took advantage with Shaun Malton breaking
away for a try, with Eden again tagging on the conversion.
Still Moseley refused to buckle though, and replacement Josh
Skelcey raced clear down the left for a bonus point try in the
corner, Hooley doing well to convert.
And Skelcey's second brought them back to within three points
with just thirteen minutes remaining, and following that yellow
card for Montagu.
But a second from Pohe, and an interception from Eden wrapped up
the win for Nottingham.