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FULL-TIME: Nottingham Rugby 18 Moseley 9

By ANDI STARR

GIVEN the rain over the previous few days - so much so that Notts County's game on Saturday had to be called off - conditions were not exactly conducive to Nottingham's running game.

But their hard earned 18-9 win over Midlands rivals Moseley was enough to lift them into second place in the Championship table.

It wasn't pretty, and it was short of the recent standards the Green and Whites have set themselves.

With the wind behind them in the first half it was the visitors who were first to threaten, a multi-phase attack taking them deep into home territory before a knock on handed the initiative back to the Green and Whites.

Moseley then stole Nottingham's first lineout, only to turn the ball over.
As they continued to have the better of things Ollie Thomas missed a couple of penalties, whilst a couple of Nottingham attacks came to nothing courtesy of handling errors.

It was 16 minutes before James Arlidge finally opened the scoring with his first penalty attempt.

A sustained attack from Nottingham brought consecutive penalties, but as the pack drove for the line they were held up by the determined Moseley defence.

And when they regained possession the visitors broke well to force a third penalty, a change of kicker bringing their first points of the day as Glyn Hughes levelled the scores five minutes before the break.

But with a minute of the first half remaining the Green and Whites got the opening try as Tim Streather beat a couple of tackles and raced into the 22 before sending Alex Lewington clear. Arlidge's conversion attempt hit the post and so the Green and Whites led 8-3 at half time.

The set pieces, particularly Nottingham's, were a bit messy all afternoon, and that opening try came from the first completed scrum - for either side.

The opening minutes of the second half saw Nottingham reduced to 14 men as Dan Montague was sin-binned, Hughes bringing Moseley back to 8-6 with the resulting penalty.

His third kick gave them the lead, only for Arlidge to restore Nottingham's advantage with his second penalty of the afternoon.

After David Jackson had gone close Nottingham got the decisive try on 63 minutes when Streather  broke through, Arlidge making it 18-9 with the conversion.  

Nottingham Rugby 18 (Lewington, Streather Tries; Arlidge Conv; Arlidge 2 Pen) Moseley 9 (Hughes 3 Pen)

Nottingham Rugby: 15 D Jackson 14 A Lewington 13 T Streather 12 J Munro (sub: A Forsyth, 56 mins) 11 R Hough (J Cobden, 77 mins) 10 J Arlidge 9 S Romans 1 M Parr 2 S Malton (S Wright, 76 mins) 3 M Holford (sub: R Bower, 49mins) 4 D Montagu 5 N Rouse 6 R Cooper 7 B Wilson 8 A Shaw (sub: Calladine, 56 mins).

Replacements not used:  J Quinn, F Barnham.   

Referee: D Gamage Attendance: 1,658

 

2012-12-23T16:45:00

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