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“No Easy Games at this Level” says Haag ahead of London Scottish

Nottingham Rugby head to the Athletic Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) looking to bounce back from their defeat against London Welsh with a strong showing on the road against London Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Green and Whites ended up on the wrong end of a 46-19 score line in their previous outing against Welsh despite being within one point at the 55 minute mark.

Head Coach Martin Haag said, "We were disappointed with the final score against Welsh.  We had more than matched them in the first half and we were looking good following our try in the second half.

"We then conceded two soft tries in quick succession and we were always chasing the game after that.  I certainly don't think there was 27 point difference between the sides."

Looking ahead to this weekend, Haag continued, "This week has been about recovery.  We've got a few niggles and bruises following the big match at the weekend so there is going to be a couple of changes against Scottish.  Training this week has been very good and the boys are looking forward to getting back out there this weekend.

"We know that there are no easy games at this level, so Scottish at the Athletic Ground will be another tough test but it's a test that the lads are looking forward to as we aim to get as many points on the board as possible before the break for the B&I Cup."

Nottingham make a few changes for this match with Harry Williams coming in to the front row in place of Michael Holford, who drops to the bench.

England Under 20's lock Tom Price partners Dan Montagu in the second row following an impressive showing off the bench last weekend with Neilus Keogh making way.

An injury to Rupert Cooper sees Tom Calladine make his first appearance of the season in the back row while Harrison Lee-Everton comes in at scrum half following his try scoring appearance against Welsh.  Sean Romans reverts to the bench.

A knock picked up by Andrew Savage sees last week's try scoring hero Ed Styles move to full back with Henry Purdy taking his place on the right wing.

Nottingham team to face London Scottish:

15) Ed Styles
14) Henry Purdy
13) George Catchpole
12) Joe Munro
11) Ryan Hough
10) Matthew Jarvis
9)   Harrison Lee-Everton

1)   Campese Ma'afu
2)   Jon Vickers
3)   Harry Williams
4)   Tom Price
5)   Dan Montagu
6)   Tom Calladine
7)   Brent Wilson (c)
8)   Alex Shaw

16)  Ryan Bower
17)  Scott Wright
18)  Michael Holford
19)  Neilus Keogh
20)  Joe Burton
21)  Sean Romans
22)  Rory Lynn

2013-09-27T11:45:00

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