First Team Fixtures
MATCH DAY OVERVIEW -Nottingham vs Bristol Rugby
|Last 3 matches|
|18/01/14||Bristol Rugby||19-24||Leeds Carnegie|
|08/02/14||Bristol Rugby||32-19||Bedford Blues|
|Average Pts Per Game||25.59|
|Last 3 matches|
|Average Pts Per Game||26.22|
Head 2 Head
MATCH DAY PREVIEW -Nottingham vs Bristol Rugby
Jack Wallace set for first start
Jack Wallace is set for his first start for the Club when Bristol face Nottingham at Meadow Lane on Sunday (3pm KO).
The full back is one of four changes to the side that secured a bonus point win over Bedford last weekend.
James Grindal and Adrian Jarvis form a new-look half-back partnership, while Mitch Eadie comes into the back row.
Record league try-scorer George Watkins is included on the wing, while Mark Sorenson will skipper the side from the second row.
Andy Robinson names a strong bench, with England U20s captain Callum Braley included among the replacements.
Marco Mama and scrum-halves Luke Baldwin and Ruki Tipuna are unavailable for selection with foot injuries.
Bristol Rugby team to face Nottingham at Meadow Lane on Sunday, 16 February (3pm KO):
Jack Wallace; George Watkins, Luke Eves, Ben Mosses, Andy Short; Adrian Jarvis, James Grindal; Kyle Traynor, Ross Johnston, James Hall, Ben Glynn, Mark Sorenson (c), Nick Koster, Ross Rennie, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Glen Townson, Ben Skirving, Callum Braley, Nicky Robinson, Charlie Amesbury.
|5||Mark Sorenson (c)|
MATCH DAY REPORT -Nottingham vs Bristol Rugby
Bristol Rugby 25-24 Nottingham
Nicky Robinson struck an eightieth minute penalty as Bristol Rugby came from behind to seal a narrow 25-24 victory over Nottingham on Sunday.
Andy Robinson’s men trailed 14-0 at Meadow Lane, but a Ross Rennie brace, a penalty try and Robinson’s three pointer ensured Bristol claimed the spoils to extend their winning run in the Greene King IPA Championship to five games.
In a lively opening spell, Nottingham took the lead after ten minutes as Ryan Hough skipped through a missed a tackle to slide in under the posts for a converted try.
Bristol came close to a response through Mitch Eadie’s fine break but, despite a period of pressure camped on the opposition tryline, the Green and Whites held firm.
Nottingham doubled their advantage when Joe Munro capitalized on a powerful driving lineout to race through the midfield and dab down. Jarvis added the extras to move his side 14-0 ahead.
The visitors struck back late in the first period, as Ross Rennie rumbled over in the corner from close range, although Adrian Jarvis couldn’t find the target with his conversion attempt.
Andy Robinson’s men reduced the deficit further after the interval. Referee John Meredith awarded a penalty try when Nottingham halted a driving lineout illegally, three metres from the whitewash.
And, after Alex Shaw was sin-binned - reducing Nottingham to fourteen men – Adrian Jarvis struck a three pointer to edge Bristol a point ahead.
In a tightly-contested second half, Matthew Jarvis’ penalty goal put the hosts back in front, before Ross Rennie added his second of the afternoon.
The flanker fended off the attention of several defenders to stretch over for a converted try, handing Bristol a 17-22 lead with less than ten minutes to play.
Glen Townson saw yellow for Bristol in the dying minutes and the Nottingham pack took full advantage, earning a converted penalty try following a surge at the driving lineout.
But Nicky Robinson’s last-gasp penalty goal sealed a hard-fought victory and kept Bristol in the race for a top four finish.
Ed Styles; Olly Woodburn, Alfie Molloy, Joe Munro, Ryan Hough; Matthew Jarvis, Sean Romans; Ryan Bower, Alun Walker, Michael Holford, Toby Freeman, Dan Montagu, Will Skuse, Brent Wilson (c), Alex Shaw.
Replacements: Campese Ma'afu (for Ryan Bower, 72 mins), Harry Williams (for Michael Holford, 64 mins), Jon Vickers (for Alun Walker, 79 mins), Neilus Keogh, Rory Lynn (for Alfie Molloy, 72 mins), Harrison Lee-Everton, Rupert Cooper.
Jack Wallace; George Watkins, Luke Eves, Ben Mosses, Andy Short; Adrian Jarvis, James Grindal; Kyle Traynor, Ross Johnston, James Hall, Ben Glynn, Mark Sorenson (c), Mitch Eadie, Ross Rennie, Ben Skirving.
Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes (for James Hall, 72 mins), Glen Townson (for Mark Sorenson, 72 mins), Iain Grieve (for Ben Skirving, 63 mins), Callum Braley (for James Grindal, 53 mins), Nicky Robinson (for Adrian Jarvis, 63 mins), Charlie Amesbury.
Referee: John Meredith
|Date||16th February 2014|
|Competition||Greene King IPA Championship|
|5||Mark Sorenson (c)|
|7||Brent Wilson (c)|