Nottingham Rugby battled bravely but ultimately ran out
of steam against a determined Munster team in the British and Irish
Cup and ended up losing 30-15 in Ireland.
The Green and Whites held their own against a strong Munster
team for the vast majority of the match which was played out by two
very physical sides.
A long break due to an injury to Tom Price seemed to take some
of the wind out of the Nottingham sails and Munster eventually made
their pressure tell with two further tries.
While defeat, coupled with Plymouth's comprehensive victory over
Stirling County means that Nottingham's interest in this season's
competition is now over but the coaching staff will have taken a
lot of positives from a performance that was vastly superior to
that on display against Ealing the previous weekend.
Neil Fowkes' men certainly got their pride back and performances
such as this offer a real glimmer of hope for the remainder of the
Full Match Report by Andi Starr
A much-improved performance from Nottingham was not enough to
see them make progress in the British and Irish Cup.
Their 30-15 defeat at Munster ended their interest in this
season's competition, but their performance will have provided a
welcome confidence boost after that league defeat at the hands of
Ealing a week earlier.
In a particularly physical game the Green and Whites matched a
strong Munster side, but could not get over the try line.
Five penalties from Matt Jarvis kept them in touch, but a late
try from Gerhard van den Heever, his second of the game, gave the
home side a bonus point, and effectively ended any hopes Nottingham
may have had of causing an upset.
Johnny Holland gave Munster an early lead with a penalty, only
to see that lead wipoed as Jarvis slotted over his first of the
The opening try came on 16 minutes when Ivan Dineen beat a
couple of tackles as he broke down the middle before sending Denis
Hurley clear to touch down under the posts. Holland made it 10-3
with the conversion.
A stray pass from Nottingham then allowed van den Heever in for
his first try, Holland off target with his conversion attempt.
Jarvis was in good kicking form though, adding a couple of
penalties late in the first half to make it 15-12, then levelling
the scores in the opening minutes of the second half.
There was a lengthy stoppage though following a worrying injury
to Nottingham second row Tom Price, who had to be stretchered from
This seemed to unsettle Nottingham for a while, and Munster took
advantage, forcing a penalty for Holland to make it 18-15, followed
by a try from Ronan O'Mahoney as he chased a kick through and got
to the ball first. Holland made it 25-15 with the conversion.
But Nottingham fought well, and it was injury time before the
home side finally put the game beyond them with a last gasp try
from van den Heever to secure a bonus point which leaves them still
in with a chance of overtaking Plymouth Albion at the top of the
Pool 4 table.