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Wilson: Nottingham champing at the bit for Cup show-down

BRENT Wilson says the latest stall in action has fuelled the fire of determination in the Green and Whites camp.

ref inspect St Peter

STATE OF PLAY: Match officials inspect the fourth pitch at St Peter before deeming the surface unplayable.

Nottingham's clash at Jersey was postponed 90 minutes before kick-off on Saturday with the match referee deeming the St Peter surface unplayable. The match was to take place on Jersey's fourth pitch, a training ground, after the first, second and third pitches were ruled out as options earlier in the week.

The Green and Whites squad return to training at Lady Bay tomorrow in preparation for Sunday's (February 24) must-win British and Irish Cup group game against Llandovery.

There has been no shortage of motivation ahead of the final Pool 8 fixture against the Welsh Principality Premiership side - which was re-arranged due to the cold snap in January - with Nottingham needing a convincing win to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.

Defeat at London Scottish in the league earlier this month and the controversy surrounding the postponement of the Jersey fixture has taken that purpose to an all-time high.

"The build-up the match at Jersey was great, the boys were all switched on and determined to put things right after the loss to Scottish," Wilson said.

 "We are gutted the game didn't go ahead, because the mood in the camp was high all week and we were all fired up to get back to winning ways.

"Now we are back at Meadow Lane to line-up for a game that we have waited a long time to play - we are champing at the bit for this one."

As for the circumstances of the postponement at Jersey and the role Wilson played in the decision to call off the match, the flanker added: "I'm not sure what sort of powers people think I have as a captain, but the ultimate call about the state of the ground and concerns for health and safety of players is up to the referee."

2013-02-18T11:45:00

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