Nottingham topped Pool 3 with an emphatic 50-0 victory over Yorkshire Carnegie at West Park.
The match was marred when Yorkshire prop Alex Reid suffered a back injury in the opening minutes of the second half. There was a lengthy delay whilst he received treatment, with both teams heading back into the dressing rooms to keep warm whilst the forward was extracted from the field and taken to hospital.
The Green and Whites led 19-0 at half time with three tries in the first half from some clinical play. Josh Poullet was driven over from close range after eleven minutes from a line out, which Dolly converted to give his side an early 7-0 lead.
Nottingham had two tries disallowed after that, the first when Tom Varndell was taken out in back play as he chased back even though the try looked certain to be scored.
However, the men from Lady Bay soon made their possession count as they crossed for tries through Cecil from a quickly taken tap and then Luke Peters crashed onto a short pass to score between the posts. Dolly added the conversion to give his side a comfortable lead at the break.
The second half was a scrappy affair with freezing rain and wind whipping across the West Park Leeds pitch. The half was just four minutes old when Reid, who had been a late replacement in the starting line up for Gareth Smith, went down with a back injury. Both teams medical staff attended to him and he was eventually taken from the field to go to hospital for further checks.
Nottingham, who were chasing Cornish Pirates to win the pool knew they needed a big bonus point win to gain home advantage but Yorkshire frustrated them for long periods. The bonus point try was finally scored after 65 minutes through Luke Cole from short range. O’Leary added the conversion and Nottingham were good value for their lead.
Yorkshire had a couple of half chances in the second half when Andrew Lawson intercepted and kicked ahead only to see the ball roll into touch five metres from the line as he chased up to touch it down and then the pack were driven close to the Nottingham line soon after only to turn over possession and see Nottingham counter attack down field.
It was cruel fate on Carnegie that they had no answer to a late rally as they ran in four more tries in the final ten minutes. Spittle touched down in corner before Nottingham attacked from long range for scores from Millett, Williams and Betts in the final minute to wrap up the victory.