THERE was no sense of déjà vu
in Nottingham's 32-20 British and Irish Cup win over Melrose at the
Greenfields on Saturday.
UP AND RUNNING:
Andy Forsyth on the way to scoring Nottingham's opening try at The
Greenyards. PIC: Alison Bowden.
For the second time in a week, the Green and Whites overcame the
two-time defending Scottish Premiership champions.
Bagging the four-try bonus-point win, however, is where the
There was none of the free-flowing, point-a-minute rugby that
Nottingham produced at Meadow Lane to storm to a 54-24 victory in
their first meeting.
No, this was a triumph forged by hard graft and sheer
persistence to keep their hopes alive in the cross-border
Melrose led the RFU Championship third-placed side 6-3 at
At the same stage eight days earlier, Nottingham had already
bagged the bonus point with a four-try first-half blitz that
started in the second minute.
Centre Andy Forsyth, captain Brent Wilson, fly half James
Arlidge and Alex Lewington all ran in tries to overcome the
Nottingham remain third in Pool 8, one point behind Doncaster
after the Knights were upstaged 30-29 by Welsh Principality side
The Green and Whites resume their Cup campaign against
Doncaster in mid-January at Castle Park.
Nottingham Rugby 32 (Forsyth, Wilson, Arlidge,
Lewington Tries; Lynn 2, Arlidge Conv; Lynn, Arlidge Pen)
Melrose 20 (Visser 2 Tries; Skeen 2 Conv; Skeen,