Nottingham began their pre-season with a
work out against Premiership side London Irish.
It was a tough opener, but the Nottingham
scrum in particular looked impressive from the start, while most of
the new signings enjoyed plenty of game time.
But it was the Exiles who were by far the
more clinical, running in six tries - including four from winger
Andrew Fenby - to complete a 44-10 win.
His first came in only the second minute
as a cross-field kick from Myles Dorrian found two players in
plenty of space for a simple try, which Dorrian converted.
Two penalties from Dorrian made it 0-13
by the 15th minute.
Nottingham's first real chance came
minutes later as the forwards worked through the phases and
eventually forced a penalty for outside half Matt Jarvis to get his
first points in the Green and White.
An excellent scrum from Nottingham should
have brought some kind of chance but the ball spilled loose and
Irish almost capitalised as they broke down the left.
A first prolonged spell of possession
from the Green and Whites should also have produced something, but
a turnover gifted the visitors a try, and it was Fenby who crossed
for his second on the half hour.
More impressive scrummaging gave
Nottingham another good position but a forward pass spoilt the
build up work, before a second penalty chance for Jarvis sailed
Fenby completed his hat trick just before
the break when he got away down the left, although there was more
than just a suspicion of a forward pass. Dorrian converted to make
it 3-25 at half time.
A much-changed side took the field for
the second half, and enjoyed their best spell of the game as they
dominated the third quarter.
Replacement outside half Rory Lynn almost
scored when he chipped over the defence at close range only to
knock on as he attempted to touch down.
The pressure eventually brought a try for
Ryan Hough though, with Lynn doing well with the touchline
The Exiles hit back with three tries in
the space of less than ten minutes though as Gerard Ellis raced
through the middle, followed by a fourth from Fenby, and then Scott
Moore also crossing. Dorrian converted two of those to make it