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Nottingham Rugby Looking Forward to Bristol Test

Nottingham Rugby welcome Bristol to Meadow Lane on Sunday 16th February in the Greene King IPA Championship in a positive frame of mind following their last three performances.


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The Green and Whites have been steadily improving throughout the season and are pleased with where they are heading into the match against the promotion candidates from the south west.

Despite an agonising last minute defeat to Jersey in their last match, Backs Coach Ben Johnston says there is a lot of positivity around the squad.

Johnston said, "We have taken a lot out of the last three weeks.  Our defence has been excellent, as it has for the majority of the season.  Our set piece has been strong and is becoming a real weapon for us and as we get people back fit, we are seeing improvement in our attacking play.

"People might look at the results and see that we've lost two of the last three but we look at it in a different way.  We've picked up bonus points away at Bedford and Jersey in very difficult conditions and we earned a deserved victory against London Scottish.  We have a lot of young players in our team and they have really stood up to be counted."

Bristol come into the match on the back of a 32-19 victory over Bedford last weekend and find themselves fourth in the league, with a game in hand on those above them.  Johnston expects it to be another battle between the sides on Sunday.

He continued, "Bristol are a good side with good forwards and backs.  They like to vary their attack and play all over the park.  They are very physical and combine this with an expansive offloading game.  We know that we'll have to be at the top of our game to get a result and we're looking forward to the challenge."

Nottingham have made a few changes to their line-up for this match with Ryan Bower and Michael Holford coming into the front row in place of Campese Ma'afu and Harry Williams who revert to the bench.  Will Skuse comes in on the flank in place of the injured Tom Calladine.

In the backs, Sean Romans comes in at scrum half for Finlay Barnham, Olly Woodburn replaces Perry Humphreys on the wing and a fit again Ed Styles takes over from Rory Lynn at full back.  Rupert Cooper continues his comeback from a shoulder injury by being named amongst the replacements.

Nottingham team to face Bristol:

15) Ed Styles
14) Ryan Hough
13) Alfie Molloy
12) Joe Munro
11) Olly Woodburn
10) Matthew Jarvis
9)   Sean Romans

1)   Ryan Bower
2)   Alun Walker
3)   Michael Holford
4)   Toby Freeman
5)   Dan Montagu
6)   Will Skuse
7)   Brent Wilson (c)
8)   Alex Shaw

Replacements:

16) Jon Vickers
17) Campese Ma'afu
18) Harry Williams
19) Neilus Keogh
20) Rupert Cooper
21) Harrison Lee-Everton
22) Rory Lynn

Any media wishing to attend the match should email Nik Emmonds on nik@perfectmotion.org or call 0115 9683320/07949 768913.

2014-02-14T11:06:00

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