Nottingham Rugby welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Meadow
Lane on Sunday (5th January) in the Greene King IPA
Championship as they look to bounce back from defeat at Leeds
Carnegie in their last outing.
The Green and Whites endured a difficult first half against
Leeds which saw them behind 20-0 at half time. However, they
put in a much improved second half display which saw the final
score finish 30-19.
Nottingham Head Coach Martin Haag said, "We didn't do what we
wanted to do in the first half against a very good Leeds
side. We didn't play for territory as well as we would have
liked and we struggled to secure enough ball from our set pieces to
give us a platform to attack from.
"The second half was much better and the lads really gave it a
go. To score three tries and look capable of more, was good
to see after the first half and showed the fighting spirit we have
in the camp.
"We now look ahead to facing Ealing Trailfinders at Meadow
Lane. Despite where they are in the league, you can see their
results and performances improving all the time as they get used to
life at this level. We know that we'll have to be at our best
to get the victory on Sunday."
The match is Nottingham's BIG DAY OUT where they open their
doors to new fans from across the city, with lower priced tickets
on offer and a host of activities around the ground to be
This game has also been dedicated as David Jackson's farewell,
where fans will have chance to show their appreciation for one of
the club's greatest ever servants.
On the pitch, Nottingham make two changes to the pack which
faced Leeds. Alun Walker starts at hooker ahead of Jon
Vickers and Will Skuse comes into the back row in place of Joe
Burton. Tom Calladine moves to number 8.
An injury to Ed Styles sees Olly Woodburn come in on the wing in
an otherwise unchanged back line.
Nottingham team to face Ealing Trailfinders:
15) Andrew Savage
14) Henry Purdy
13) George Catchpole
12) Joe Munro
11) Olly Woodburn
10) Rory Lynn
9) Sean Romans
1) Campese Ma'afu
2) Alun Walker
3) Michael Holford
4) Neilus Keogh
5) Dan Montagu
6) Will Skuse
7) Brent Wilson (c)
8) Tom Calladine
16) Ryan Bower
17) Jon Vickers
18) Morgan Eames
19) Joe Burton
20) Finlay Barnham
21) Matthew Jarvis
22) Ryan Hough