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TEAM NEWS: Streather returns for semi-final second leg

NOTTINGHAM centre Tim Streather will return from injury in Friday night's play-off semi-final second leg at Meadow Lane (8pm kick-off).

Streather Bedford action

CRUNCH TIME: Tim Streather returns for the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Bedford at Meadow Lane. PIC: Steve Galloway.

Streather, shortlisted for the RPA Championship Player of the Year Award, replaces Andy Forsyth at outside centre and is the only change to the side after the first leg at Goldington Road.

Nottingham need to over-turn a nine-point deficit in the return tie to earn a place in the play-off final.

Green and Whites head coach Martin Haag is upbeat despite the opening defeat.

"We have already moved on and we are excited about the challenge that is coming up," Haag said.

"We know where we are and where we need to be at the end of 80 minutes and we will go for it.

"We know we can play a lot better and if our performance is right I think we will win the game, and if it's where it needs to be we'll get more than the nine points we need.

"It is all to play for and Bedford will be thinking the same thing."

Haag said his side will draw confidence from their home form, having lost just two league games at Meadow Lane this term,

Along the way they registered big wins against London Scottish (54-9), Jersey (48-16) and an historic 63-7 triumph over Bristol.

Their last victory against Cornish Pirates at Meadow Lane secured a second place league finish - the club's highest in 21 years - three points and one place above the Blues.

"At home we have scored a lot of tries and we are not overly worried about what deficit we need to overturn," Haag said.

"We've got lots of attacking threats and we've got a good defensive game as well, we need to take that all out onto the field on Friday night.

"We've got to trust ourselves, we've got to back ourselves and believe in all of the work we have done to this point."


RFU Championship play-off semi-final second leg - Nottingham Rugby team to face Bedford at Meadow Lane on Friday 10 May (8pm kick-off):15 David Jackson 14 Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans; 1 Matt Parr 2 Joe Duffey 3 Michael Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson 8 Alex Shaw.

Replacements: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Ryan Bower 18 Tom Price 19 Tom Calladine 20 Harrison Lee-Everton 21 Rory Lynn 22 Andy Forsyth.



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