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Full-Time: Nottingham Rugby 52 Doncaster 7

By ANDI STARR

ANOTHER dominant performance brought another comprehensive win for Nottingham as they comfortably clinched the inaugural Robin Hood Shield.

Their 52-7 victory over Doncaster Knights took them up to second in the RFU Championship table, above Bedford Blues on points difference.

Four first half tries clinched the bonus point, with a further four in the second half giving a crowd of over 2,000 plenty to celebrate.

Yet it was the visitors who got off to a high tempo start, running at the Green and Whites and keeping play in the home half.

But a break out of defence from James Arlidge saw Nottingham open the scoring in the fifth minute. His clever chip over the onrushing back line sent Tim Streather away, although he had to show a few footballing skills that may have impressed any watching Notts County supporters before touching down under the posts to give Arlidge a straightforward conversion.

Still, it was Doncaster doing most of the attacking, but when Joe Duffey was penalised on halfway Jamie Lennard was just wide with an ambitious kick.

Gradually though, Nottingham began to get a grip on possession and almost drove over in the right hand corner. As the defence cleared, the Green and Whites moved the ball across field from the resulting lineout where Duffey somehow managed to squeeze through for the second try midway through the first half. Arlidge made it 14-0 with the conversion.

A third try followed within two minutes from an almost identical position, this time Rhys Crane showing his finishing skills after a good piece of play between Arlidge and Joe Munro. Arlidge converted to make it 21-0.

With Nottingham now in control, they forced the bonus point try with a powerful drive from a close range lineout, skipper Brent Wilson getting the touch down and Arlidge making it 28-0 at the break with the conversion.

The visitors again looked bright as they got the second half underway, their pack driving over Jethro Rawlings over in the fourth minute. Lennard tagged on the conversion to make it 28-7, but that proved to be their last score.

Any hopes they may have had of a comeback faded when blindside Adam Kettle was sin-binned, but they did well to shut out the Green and Whites while they were shorthanded.

Nottingham, though, wasted a couple of good opportunities in that time, twice knocking on as they tried to make their numerical advantage count.

But they finally made the breakthrough as the game moved into the final quarter, Munro beating the defence with an angled run before passing inside for David Jackson to round it off. Arlidge converted to make it 35-7.

Another yellow card for the visitors - this time for replacement prop Andrew Brown - only added to the increasing pressure, and this time Nottingham made them pay with two quick tries, Streather getting his second of the game before full back Andy Savage sliced through down the left.

And it was Savage who got the final try in the fourth minute of injury time, his pace taking him clear of the last defender with replacement Rory Lynn converting.

Nottingham Rugby 52 (Streather 2, Savage 2, Duffey, Crane , Wilson, Jackson  tries; Arlidge 5, Lynn conv) Doncaster Knights 7 (Rawlings try; Lennard conv)

Nottingham Rugby: A Savage, D Jackson, T Streather, J Munro (sub: J Cobden 68), R Crane, J Arlidge (sub: R Lynn 75), S Romans (sub: F Barnham 68), M Parr, J Duffey (sub: S Malton 66), R Bower (sub: M Shields 75), D Montagu (sub: J Cain 66), N Rouse, R Cooper, B Wilson, A Shaw (sub: T Calladine 66).

Referee: J Meredith. Attendance: 2,015

2012-11-26T01:00:00

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