After a two very tough fixtures to start the season, Nottingham Rugby will be hoping they can start the weekend with a win when they host London Scottish at The Bay tomorrow night.
Neil Fowkes’ men have shown spirit and tenacity in their opening fixtures against Bedford Blues and London Irish but so far their efforts have gone unrewarded.
The side will be hoping fortune favours them this Friday, however, they are under no illusions of the quality that London Scottish will bring.
Speaking ahead of the match, Neil Fowkes said: “It’s been a very tough start for the us but there are definitely some positives to take from our first two results.
“Our first fixture against Bedford Blues was a lesson in how to take your chances, this coupled with our discipline being off in the first half means you come out on the wrong side of the fine margins in the Championship.
“In the end there with only two penalties separating us from a top 4 team. We are working hard to make sure we come out on the right side of these margins.
“London Irish are a Premiership side in waiting and their quality shone through last weekend. Obviously, we were disappointed with the score line, but I feel like we could’ve left the Madejski with a bonus point.
“London Scottish have consistently been a good side in the Championship and now they have Nic Rouse at the helm they are showing a lot of ambition.
“But we are in “Our House” tomorrow and our fixtures against Rotherham and Bedford had an amazing atmosphere at The Bay, we can’t wait for the game.”
The Green and Whites have a familiar face in Tim Cardall returning to the team tomorrow. Tim featured regularly for the side last season and has been brought in from Wasps to cover Tom Holmes and Danny Qualter.
The side also welcome Devante Onojafie who has joined from Northampton Saints on loan.
Full side to face London Scottish:
15. Sean Scanlon
14. David Williams
13. Will Millet
12. Luke Peters
11. Billy Robinson
10. Shane O’Leary
9. Darryl Veenendaal (c)
1. James Penman
2. Luke Cole
3. Mike Daniels
4. Tim Cardall
5. Seb Cecil
6. Shane Buckley
7. Will Owen
8. Josh Poullet
16. Ben Brownlie
17. Jamie Jack
18. Rory Burke
19. Devante Onojafie
20. George Cox
21. Murray McConnell
22. Gearoid Lyons