Nottingham Rugby heads to the Brickfields to take on
Plymouth Albion on Friday night (28th February) in the
Greene King IPA Championship, looking to continue their recent
level of performance.
The Green and Whites pushed league leaders Bristol all the way
in their last outing. A stoppage time penalty secured a 25-24
victory for the visitors at Meadow Lane, but their title
credentials were given a severe examination.
While the result made it three losses in four for Nottingham,
each of the defeats have come after close matches where the result
hasn't been decided until the final plays. Nottingham Head
Coach Martin Haag is pleased with how competitive his side has been
in recent weeks.
He said, "We have been very competitive in our last few games
and have become hard to beat. The games against Bedford,
Jersey and particularly Bristol, could have gone either way.
While they are still defeats and we are disappointed not to have
held on for victory, we have taken a lot of positives from each of
the matches and the progress we are showing is good.
"We are playing to our strengths, our defence has been excellent
and our driving lineout has become a real weapon. Not having
a match last weekend has allowed us to get a few lads back from
injury, which has provided more competition for places and led to a
good week of training.
"Plymouth has a good pack and their backs look very sharp, which
can be seen in the number of tries they've scored this
season. We'll need to be controlled and disciplined in our
defence when they have the ball and ensure we play to our strengths
if we want to get a result on Friday."
Nottingham team to face Plymouth Albion:
15) Ed Styles
14) Henry Purdy
13) George Catchpole
12) Joe Munro
11) Olly Woodburn
10) Matthew Jarvis
9) Sean Romans
1) Ryan Bower
2) Alun Walker
3) Michael Holford
4) Toby Freeman
5) Dan Montagu
6) Rupert Cooper
7) Will Skuse
8) Alex Shaw
16) Jon Vickers
17) Campese Ma'afu
18) Tom Price
19) Joe Burton
20) Harrison Lee-Everton
21) Rory Lynn
22) Alfie Molloy