It just wasn't to be for the Green and Whites at Meadow
Lane in yesterday's Greene King IPA Championship clash with
promotion contenders Bristol Rugby.
Martin Haag's men went in at half time with a 14-5 lead after a
tremendous first half of rugby in which the Nottingham players
combined heroic defending with clinical attacking play for a well
As the second half unfolded it was more heartache for the Green
and Whites, after last week's last minute defeat away at Jersey, as
they were pipped at the post again.
Nottingham had forced their way back into the lead with a
penalty try, converted by Jarvis, with only one minute to play
allowing the Meadow Lane faithful to anticipate one of the best
wins of the season. However, a penalty in the last scrum of the
game, meant that Bristol snatched victory 25-24 with virtually the
last kick of the match.
On loan Bath back rower, Will Skuse, was at the heart of
everything good that Nottingham did in both attack and defence and
earned himself the Man of the Match accolade.
He said, "It was tough up front, we knew they would come at us
in the forwards, particularly in the scrum and driving lineout.
We'd practiced defending it during the week and it paid off. Our
driving lineout was awesome and was a major part of all three of
our tries. The forwards did a great job in providing that platform
and the backs executed well off the back of it.
"You always feel gutted to lose like that. The scrum penalty at
the end could have gone either way and unfortunately it went
against us. When we saw the kick go over it was disappointing
because we'd done so well to get back into the lead.
"We will take a lot of confidence from the performance and I'm
really looking forward to the next game at Plymouth in two
Nottingham's next game is away to Plymouth Albion in the
Championship on 28th February, before the visit of high
flying Rotherham Titans to Meadow Lane on Sunday 9th
March. (Kick Off 1pm)