Nottingham's excellent form continued as they gained a rare win
at Clifton Lane, beating Rotherham Titans 28-19.
A particularly strong wind blowing straight down the pitch
inevitably dictated the game, but it was the Green and Whites who
made the better use of it, scoring 23 points to Titans' 14.
Despite playing into that wind in the first half it was
Nottingham who took the lead on fifteen minutes when Dan Montagu
came away from a ruck and managed to get over the line. With
kicking reduced to a lottery it was hardly a surprise that Dan
Mugford's conversion effort went wide.
That lead only lasted a couple of minutes though as Rotherham
kept possession from the restart and eventually created space for
centre Lloyd Hayes to run clear, touching down under the posts to
give James McKinney a simple conversion to make it 7-5.
As the home side dominated they forced a string of penalties but
could not land any of them in such difficult conditions.
But they did eventually force a second try for Hayes a couple of
minutes before the break, following good work form centre Jack
Roberts, with McKinney this time successful with the conversion for
a 14-5 lead at half time.
With the wind now at their backs the second half saw Nottingham
take control and they pressurised Rotherham to force a couple of
early penalties for Mugford to bring it back to 14-11.
The second of those came following an incident that saw
Rotherham hooker Tom Cruse sin-binned, and the Green and Whites
soon made their numerical advantage count as Shaun Malton capped
another impressive display with a try which Mugford converted to
put his side back in front at 14-18.
Mugford added another three points with his third penalty of the
day after the home side again lost a player to the sin-bin, this
time replacement Ben Thomas.
Skipper Brent Wilson got the third try to effectively seal the
win, with Mugford again on target with the conversion, although
Rotherham did manage a last gasp try from winger Michael Keating
only to miss the conversion that would have given them a bonus
Despite the win Nottingham dropped back to fourth in the
Championship table, with London Scottish having earned a bonus
point in their 26-22 win over Yorkshire Carnegie.