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Nottingham Rugby Looking For Strong Home Performance

Nottingham Rugby welcome Leeds Carnegie to Meadow Lane on Sunday (30th March) as they look to avoid a sixth straight defeat in the Greene King IPA Championship.


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The Green and Whites were left to rue a missed opportunity in their last outing against Cornish Pirates where they were in control for large portions of the match but were unable to take their chances when they came.  They eventually succumbed to a 17-11 defeat with a losing bonus point their least their efforts deserved.

Nottingham Head Coach Martin Haag said, "The game was very much there for the taking against Pirates.  We were well in control until they scored their interception try when we were camped on their line.  That seemed to rattle us a bit and Pirates scored a well worked second try.  Their third try came from a mistake on our part, but after that we completely dominated the match, particularly up front.  We had opportunities to score out wide and the penalty count in the second half was 11-0 in our favour.

"We now turn our attention to Leeds who are a very good side.  They have a very good back three and a strong number nine who controls the game very well.  They're a very organised side and deserve to be up there in the play-off places.  They have the experience of making it to the semi finals of the play-offs last season and it wouldn't surprise me if they got promoted.

"We let ourselves down in our last match at home against Rotherham and the squad are determined to put that right in front of our fans on Sunday.  Our defence and set piece will need to be as strong as it has been all season and we need to show improved accuracy when we get opportunities.  If we do that, we'll give Leeds a good game."

Nottingham go into the match with only one enforced change made to their line-up.  Due to an injury sustained in training during the week, Rory Lynn has been ruled out for the rest of the season.  Henry Purdy comes in at full back in Lynn's place.

Nottingham team to face Leeds Carnegie:

15) Henry Purdy
14) Ryan Hough
13) Joe Munro
12) Javiah Pohe
11) George Catchpole
10) Matthew Jarvis
9)   Sean Romans

1)   Campese Ma'afu
2)   Alun Walker
3)   Michael Holford
4)   Toby Freeman
5)   Dan Montagu (c)
6)   Rupert Cooper
7)   Will Skuse
8)   Alex Shaw

Replacements:

16) Ryan Bower
17) Jon Vickers
18) Harry Williams
19) Neilus Keogh
20) Alfie Molloy
21) Harrison Lee-Everton
22) Jacob Knight

Any media wishing to attend the match should contact Nik Emmonds on 0115 9683320 or email nik@perfectmotion.org for accreditation.

2014-03-28T10:55:00

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