A dominant nine try performance saw Nottingham triumph over the British Army in their first home game since December 1st.
Nottingham started the game as well as they could have hoped with a Jack Stapley try in the opening two minutes, set up by Jordan Olowofela playing a great pass to Sam Green to allow him to break through the Army line. Green then played a simple offload to Stapley to beat the last defender.
The Green and Whites continued to dominate the game, and Harry Graham extended the lead with scored two nearly identical tries within a couple of minutes of each other, taking offloads on the left wing and using his pace to beat the last defender and take it all the way under the posts for an easy conversion for Morgan Bunting
The away team did get one back, as Rhys Roberts bundled his way over the line after taking a quick penalty with a tap and go in the left corner.
However, Nottingham responded well, scoring from a prolonged attack on the Army try line. A number of attempts to burrow their way through the defensive line proved unsuccessful, but eventually Emeka Ilione found a gap under the posts and strolled through it.
Each team got over the line once more in the closing five minutes of the first half, with Taitusi Qaniuci pushing his way over in the left corner for the Army’s second of the evening, and Ilinone finishing a perfectly executed driving maul after a penalty was kicked to the corner.
Nottingham then kicked the second half off in similar fashion to the first, with Sam Green finishing off a well-worked move five minutes after the restart.
Craig Hammond’s men got another try on the scoresheet ten minutes later, when a number of Army penalties on the try line resulted in the referee awarding the home team a penalty try.
Much of the rest of the game passed with neither side carving out any really good try-scoring opportunities, apart from TJ Harris, who did finish the day with two tries in the closing minutes.
Due to it being his last game for the club before retirement, kicking responsibilities for the last two conversions were handed over to George Cox. Unfortunately he was unable to convert either kick, but still capped off a fantastic career for the Green and Whites.
Nottingham will be back in action next weekend as they travel to face Ampthill in the Championship.