Nottingham edged a close game at Billesley Common to get
an important 26-27 Championship win against Moseley.
In a tense, card-littered game they generally had the better of
things, but often struggled to break down the home defence.
Their three tries all came in the first half and they led 13-24
at the break, with Paul Grant and Rupert Copper both crossing
either side of a penalty try.
The second half saw them come under more pressure, but the
defence rarely looked like giving much away, despite the number of
Playing down the slight slope in the first half the Green and
Whites took an early lead when Shaun Malton made an excellent
break, Grant supporting well to finish the move off with a try. Dan
Mugford made it 0-7 with the conversion.
From the restart though Moseley ran straight back upfield to win
a simple penalty following a trip from Cooper that earned him a
yellow card. Sam Olver landed the kick to make it 3-7.
Despite being a man short Nottingham forced a penalty try when
the home side struggled to stop them driving from a close range
lineout, and had a player sin-binned in the process, Mugford
converting for a 3-14 lead.
Moseley's Will Owen then chased a kick through to get a touch
down, Olver making it 10-14 with the conversion.
But an injury to Nottingham winger Viliame Iongi saw a lengthy
hold up before the winger was stretchered off with what looked like
an ankle injury.
A Mugford penalty made it 10-17 as the Green and whites
continued to have the better of possession, only to concede a
penalty for Olver to make it 13-17.
After Dan Montagu had been held up almost on the line,
Nottingham finally got the try they had threatened as Cooper scored
under the posts, Mugford converting to make it 13-24 at the
The home supporters were incensed at the score, with claims of
offside and knock-ons, none of which stopped Cooper celebrating his
first try for the club. If he was offside, that score perhaps went
some way towards easing the disappointment of the try Bristol
scored a week earlier, which robbed the Green and Whites of a
deserved bonus point.
With the advantage of that slope, Moseley enjoyed plenty of
possession in the second half, winning a couple of early penalties
for Olver to make it 19-24.
A yellow card for Ed Styles again saw Nottingham short-handed,
at a time when the home side were dominating. And as if that were
not enough they then lost Mugford with an injury after he had
landed his second penalty to make it 19-27, with what proved to be
their only score of the second half.
A fifth yellow card of the game then saw Montagu sin-binned
before Moseley's persistence earned them a losing bonus point with
a try from No 8 Chris Brightwell, Olver making it 26-27 with the