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Full Time: Nottingham Rugby 54 London Scottish 9


AFTER the disappointment of that last-gasp defeat at Bedford Nottingham had a point to prove.

And they bounced back in style with a win over London Scottish every bit as comprehensive as the 54-9 scoreline suggests.

Crane London Scottish

   SPEEDSTER: Rhys Crane scores the third of Nottingham's seven tries in the 54-9 win at Meadow Lane. PIC: Steven Galloway

After a slow start the Green and Whites gradually found their rhythm and were in complete control well before the half-time break, two late tries giving them a 12-point lead.

They underlined that domination with another five second-half tries, Scottish reduced to little more than the occasional counter attack.

Yet, it was the visitors who had the better start, a couple of long range penalties from full back James Love giving them a 6-nil lead inside the opening 20 minutes.

James Arlidge got first points on the board for Nottingham with a penalty on 12 minutes, before levelling the scores with a second midway through the first half.

By this stage the Green and Whites were dominating possession, and kept play in the Scottish half for long periods.

A third Arlidge penalty put them ahead for the first time in the game seven minutes before the break, only for Love to level again five minutes later.

The pressure built as half time approached. Joe Duffey so nearly got the opening try when he dived over as he was tackled but couldn't control the ball. And Joe Munro really should have done better when he was sent clear with just one man to beat five metres out.

Several half chances came to nothing but then Nottingham finally got their reward with two tries in first half injury time, and with Scottish a man short following a yellow card for Lewis Calder.

First it was the pack who drove skipper Brent Wilson over, and then another good effort from the pack opening up the defence for Nic Rouse to crash over.

With Arlidge adding the conversion to Rouse's effort the Green and Whites went in at the break leading 21-9.

They stretched that lead within minutes of the restart as winger Rhys Crane raced clear down the left, Arlidge making it 28-9 with the conversion.

Jacko try v LSWith Nottingham now enjoying total dominance the bonus point try soon followed as David Jackson (pictured right) broke through from close range.

The one-way traffic continued and Jacko got his second of the night following an excellent offload from replacement Tom Calladine.

A thrilling break from Joe Cobden as Nottingham gathered the restart kick took him into the visitors' 22 where he sent Tim Streather in, Rory Lynn taking over the kicking duties to add the conversion to make it 47-9 with three minutes remaining on the clock.

And Streather got a second in injury time, Lynn completing the scoring with the conversion.

Nottingham Rugby 54 (Jackson 2, Streather 2, Wilson, Rouse, Crane, tries; Lynn 3 Arlidge 2 conv; Arlidge 3) London Scottish 9 (Love 3 pen)

Nottingham Rugby: 15 Andrew Savage 14 David Jackson 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro (22 Joe Cobden 52mins) 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge (21 Rory Lynn 60mins) 9 Sean Romans (20 Finlay Barnham 68mins) 1 Matt Parr 2 Joe Duffey (16 Scott Wright 68 mins) 3 Michael Holford (17 Ryan Bower 63mins) 4 Dan Montagu (18 Joe Quinn 63mins) 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper (19 Tom Calladine 68mins) 7 Brent Wilson 8 Alex Shaw.

Referee: Ian Tempest



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