FORTRESS Meadow Lane is a venue that Nottingham Rugby
wants opposition to fear.
Ahead of the Green and Whites' crucial back-to-back RFU
Championship home games, boss Martin Haag has stressed the
importance of ferociously defending their turf.
HOME BODY: Alex Shaw in action infront of a
vocal Meadow Lane crowd against Rotherham. PIC: Alison Bowden
Nottingham entertains a London Scottish side tonight (1945
kick-off) that sits equal with them on 10 competition points on the
ladder. Next week, league new-comers Jersey makes its first
ever trip to Meadow Lane.
Already Rotherham were allowed to escape with four competition
points this season, leaving Nottingham with nothing to show for
their last game at home.
Haag is determined to build on last season's solid home form,
which saw Nottingham win 10, draw two and lose four at Meadow Lane.
Only the inform London Welsh, on the way to winning Premiership
promotion, the league topping Bristol and perennial high-flyers
Bedford, managed to upstage Nottingham at the ground.
"Last year we didn't win enough at home, even though it was a
pretty strong record," said Haag.
"These next two games are vital for us, starting against London
Scottish then followed by Jersey they are two games we need to
"You look back at the Rotherham game, we were a bit out of
sorts, we didn't have the energy levels we want to bring into a
game at this level.
"Still, at 9-all I felt we were comfortable and could have gone
on to win it. Instead, we gave them two soft tries from nothing and
suddenly we were playing catch-up.
"Looking at the past few weeks, without doing too much
differently we could be sitting here four from four.
"Instead, the motivation for this one is getting back to winning
ways and using these home games to climb back up that ladder."