Three yellow cards in the second half saw Nottingham
lose their opening British and Irish Cup match 28-9 at Plymouth
A pulsating, end to end match saw Plymouth leading 7-6 at half
time. The second half began in much the same vein, but began
to turn as Ed Styles was sent to the bin. Gareth Evans of
Plymouth followed shortly afterwards making it 14 a side and
Nottingham worked their way back into the game through a second
Matt Jarvis penalty.
A yellow card for Tom Price which was quickly followed by
another for Harry Williams saw Plymouth score two further tries
while Cusack kept slotting the points.
The scoreline flattered Plymouth, but there is no doubt that
they deserved the win for the greater accuracy and composure they
showed with the ball in hand.
For Nottingham, 10 yellow cards in five matches is something
that they will want to address, particularly after putting in such
an encouraging performance for the majority of the match.
The Green and Whites have a week to rest up before Irish giants
Munster visit Meadow Lane for a spectacular Irish festival.
Full match report by Andi Starr
Yellow cards again cost Nottingham dearly as their British and
Irish Cup campaign got off to a disappointing start at Plymouth
The 28-9 final score may have flattered the home side a little,
but indiscipline from the Green and Whites handed Albion the
initiative and they deserve every credit for making the most of
Just as they had done against Jersey a week earlier Nottingham
found that having two players sin-binned reduces their game to one
of damage limitation.
They made a good enough start, centre Joe Munro almost getting
through for an early try, but a fine tackle from winger Jack Arnott
just kept him out.
Overall though it was a poor first half and Albion went in at
the break leading 7-6, thanks to a try from Rhys Oakley, converted
by Chris Elder.
Nottingham had earlier opened the scoring with a Rory Lynn
penalty, while another from Matt Jarvis cut the home lead to a
Albion got a second try five minutes into the second half when
Rob Langley did well to support a break from centre Pale Nonu.
Nottingham winger Ed styles was the first player to be
sin-binned and while he was out of the action Albion extended their
lead with a couple of penalties from Declan Cusack.
A second penalty from Jarvis kept Nottingham in it, before
Albion were themselves shorthanded following a yellow card for
Any hopes the Green and Whites may have had of a comeback were
halted though as Tom Price and Harry Williams were sent to the
The resulting disruption left them hanging on and the home side
took full advantage, Cusack quickly adding another penalty and then
back row man Eoghan Grace crossing for his side's third try of the
Cusack's conversion completed the scoring.