Nottingham Rugby continued their promising start to the
season with a bonus point victory away at Plymouth
The Green and Whites ran out 24-17 winners after a display of
clinical finishing, strong defence and some gutsy decision making
from their captain.
Tries came from Campese Ma'afu, Michael Holford, Viliame Iongi
and Ryan Hough, showing the variety that Nottingham have brought to
Another assured display from Will Maisey at fly half kept
Nottingham playing in the right areas and despite late pressure
from the hosts, they managed to hold out for the win.
Full match report by Andi Starr
A bonus point victory over Plymouth Albion at Brickfields saw
Nottingham make it two wins from two as they continued their
impressive start to the new campaign.
They were the more clinical of the two sides, and also showed
their defensive strength, particularly in the second half as the
home side threw everything at them.
Nottingham have regularly struggled in the past to make a
numerical advantage count, whilst tending to ship points when
But following Toby Freeman's first half yellow card they shut up
shop and did not concede a single point.
And when Albion then had Tom Jubb yellow-carded, the Green and
Whites added twelve points to effectively seal their win.
Injury robbed both Jon Vickers and Dan Mugford of the chance of
a game against their former club, whilst Albion included Tom Hicks,
their new signing from Gloucester, on the bench.
Although they had the better of the set pieces the home side
made far too many mistakes to capitalise.
Conceding a penalty in the third minute on their own scrum
put-in was not the best of starts for Nottingham as it led to the
opening try for Albion centre Ben Woods, who broke through to score
alongside the posts, Lawrence Rayner converting for a 7-nil
The next scrum also saw Nottingham pushed back, the pressure
bringing a second penalty for Rayner to make it 10-nil when
Nottingham failed to roll away in the tackle.
But they were soon back in the game when prop Campese Ma'afu
forced his way over from a close range lineout, Will Maisey making
it 10-7 with the conversion.
Minutes later though Freeman was yellow-carded having blocked
Rayner, who was attempting a kick through and chase. Nottingham
showed impressive resolve by playing out the ten minutes down to 14
men without conceding a point.
And they soon found themselves with an advantage as Albion then
had Jubb sin-binned, and unlike the hosts took advantage with two
First it was Michael Holford who touched down from a catch and
drive, Maisey making it 10-14 with the conversion.
Minutes later a mix up in the Albion midfield gifted Nottingham
possession and they used the turnover clinically, quickly moving
the ball out wide for Viliame Iongi to score in the corner to make
An impressive scrum from Nottingham brought them a bonus point
try as they drove Albion back, drawing in the defence before
releasing the ball for Ryan Hough to force his way over in the
corner, the conversion effort hitting the post.
Albion finished the game strongly, Rayner getting a late try and
adding the conversion to give them a losing bonus point, but the
Nottingham defence was particularly impressive and held out for a
And it was a win which saw them lead the Championship table on
Saturday, although London Scottish leap-frogged above them with a
victory at Cornish Pirates on Sunday.