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Nottingham 10 vs Rotherham Titans 21 - Match Report

A 10-21 defeat at home to Rotherham Titans means Nottingham need a miracle if they are to make the Championship play offs.

The defeat left them five points behind Titans with one game to play, which means they need a bonus point win at Bedford next weekend, and for London Scottish to beat Titans at home.

That would leave the sides level on the number of wins and it would then come down to points difference - Titans currently holding a massive 127 point advantage.

Overall Nottingham can have no complaints about this defeat - they were second best and when they did enjoy good spells possession were simply not clinical enough.

The visitors, by contrast, played a sensible game, dealing comfortably with any Nottingham threat and looking dangerous on the attack.

The big difference between the sides was the Titans took their chances.

Tries in either half, the second of which came six minutes form the end were enough to see them through.

After a good start, which saw them force a scrum on the Rotherham 22, the Green and Whites spent a long period under the cosh, conceding a string of penalties.

Eventually the visitors went for goal and Tom Barrett gave his side the lead in the tenth minute.

He doubled that lead just two minutes later and from the restart Nottingham were again penalised, this time with the added sting of a yellow card for George Porter.

While they were a man down though they put together their best attack of the game and were unlucky not to get a try.

But they did win a penalty for Will Maisey to make it 3-6 with fifteen minutes of the first half remaining.

Within a minute though Rotherham grabbed the first try of the night when Barrett raced clear without a single defender getting a hand on him. He dived over under the posts and converted for a 3-13 lead.

The Green and Whites refused to panic though and set up a promising attack, which brought them a close range lineout. Although Rotherham held up the initial drive Nottingham moved the ball wide and eventually Sean Romans squeezed through a gap to touch down close to the posts. Maisey's conversion made it 10-13 at half time.

The Green and Whites had a better second half, winning more possession than they had in the first, but the Rotherham defence rarely looked in any serious danger, even when they, too, found themselves a man short following a yellow card for back row man Alex Reider.

That incident brought Nottingham a penalty. The decision to go for goal, without a recognised goalkicker on the field at the time and the opposition a forward short, was perhaps not the best.

And they eventually paid the price as the visitors surged upfield on a late counter attack to send in replacement Mark Cooke for a try. Although Barrett missed the conversion, he slotted over a penalty a couple of minutes later to end any hopes Nottingham may have had of forcing a bonus point.