It was a perfect start for the Green and Whites when Murray McConnell latched onto the end of a brilliant through ball, deked his way past two defenders and went over after just two minutes. Shane O’Leary added the extras to give Nottingham an early 7-0 lead.
We kept the pressure on and soon found our way through again. A big maul resulted in a lineout just short of the tryline. The Green and Whites picked it up and it was Ben Brownlie who ended up scrambling the ball over the line.
However, O’Leary’s conversion was picked up by the wind and drifted across the face of the posts meaning that the score remained just 12-0.
O’Leary would so get a chance to make amends though when the Green and Whites got in again. Some liquid rugby from Nottingham opened space for David Williams down the right flank. He flicked the ball off to Sean Scanlon who grabbed try number three. Up stepped O’Leary and this time he struck it clean through the posts. The score after 20 minutes: Nottingham 19-0 London Scottish.
Scottish were down but not out and began to push for a way back into the game. A spell of pressure eventually allowed them to put a foot in the door when Robert Stevenson was bundled the ball across the line down by the corner flag. Fortunately for the Green and Whites, William Magie’s conversion was picked up by the wind and went harmlessly wide of the posts on the half hour mark.
Determined not to let Scottish build on their earlier try, Nottingham roared back into the game. A great bit of build up play down the left wing resulted in a penalty when Scottish’s Matthew Gordon gave away a high tackle. He was sent to the sin bin whilst O’Leary went for a lineout by the tryline.
With bodies all over the place, it was Ben Brownlie who ended up getting the final touch for his second and Nottingham’s fourth try of the afternoon on the stroke of half time. The wind was having none of O’Leary’s conversion so the score at the break remained 24-5 to the Green and Whites.
The Green and Whites got the second half underway as the wind picked up and temperatures plummeted. Both sides battled hard in the middle third of the pitch but there were no clear-cut chances until the 49th minute when Nottingham were awarded a penalty. O’Leary drilled it through to extend the lead to 27-5.
Nottingham kept turning the screw and were rewarded for their efforts once more. A great bit of build up play allowed Scanlon to go in again for his second of the night on the 62nd minute. O’Leary converted and things were looking very good.
Two minutes later it got even better. The Green and whites caught Scottish out and Oliver Chessum got his first try for the club. Shane O’Leary once again added the extras to extend the lead to 41-5.
Scottish were down to 14 men again when Jack Ignall was shown a yellow card on the 71st minute. However, the Green and Whites couldn’t make use of the extra man to add any extra points on at the end. The final score: Nottingham 41-5 London Scottish.