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