Hard working Nottingham ground out an important win at
Meadow Lane, beating Yorkshire Carnegie 26-20.
They trailed by eleven points at the end of an indifferent first
half, but put in a much better performance after the break to get
back in it with tries from Brent Wilson and Tom Calladine. It was
replacement Dan Mugford who clinched victory with a couple of late
The win saw the Green and Whites leapfrog their opponents into
sixth place in the Championship table.
In a bright start an excellent tackle from George Porter -
making an impressive debut following his loan move from Worcester -
brought them an early penalty chance, but Will Maisey's long-range
effort fell just short.
And when they were then penalised at the game's first scrum they
were relieved to see Harry Leonard also off target.
But Yorkshire took the lead two minutes later when prop Ben
Harris stole a poor Nottingham lineout and made it to the line for
a try, with Leonard converting for a 7-nil lead.
The visitors spurned a kickable penalty, instead opting for the
corner, but knocked on as they moved the ball across the field.
Nottingham responded with their best attack so far to force a
penalty, and with Maisey off the field injured, Mugford stepped up
to land the kick.
Pila Iongi put in a try-saving tackle on opposite number David
Doherty, but as the visitors continued to press they forced another
penalty on the half hour for Leonard to make it 3-10.
Looking for a strong finish to the first half Nottingham put
together a promising spell of pressure, eventually gaining a second
penalty for Mugford to make it 6-10 following a yellow card for
But in first half injury time Yorkshire won a close range
lineout and drove strongly, back row man Josh Bainbridge getting
the touch down and Leonard making it 6-17 at half time with the
If Yorkshire had deserved that lead it was Nottingham who
gradually improved as the second half wore on and finished the game
After a couple of early half chances they had a second go at a
close range lineout, skipper Wilson getting over and Mugford making
it 13-17 with the conversion.
Another Leonard penalty, moved forward ten metres for backchat,
put his side's lead back up to seven points but it was the Green
and Whites who were threatening a try.
It almost came when Iongi cut in from the wing and raced for the
line, but when he was held up the supporting Nottingham forwards
Another promising attack came to nothing when they somehow
managed to lose the ball.
The try finally came courtesy of another catch and drive from a
close range lineout, this time replacement Calladine touching down
and Mugford levelling the score with the conversion fifteen minutes
And it was Mugford who completed the scoring with two penalties
in quick succession to give Nottingham the much-needed win.