A 10-21 defeat at home to Rotherham Titans means
Nottingham need a miracle if they are to make the Championship play
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
The big difference between the sides was the Titans took their
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
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
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
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.