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Man of the Match - Will Skuse

It just wasn't to be for the Green and Whites at Meadow Lane in yesterday's Greene King IPA Championship clash with promotion contenders Bristol Rugby.

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Martin Haag's men went in at half time with a 14-5 lead after a tremendous first half of rugby in which the Nottingham players combined heroic defending with clinical attacking play for a well deserved lead.

As the second half unfolded it was more heartache for the Green and Whites, after last week's last minute defeat away at Jersey, as they were pipped at the post again.

Nottingham had forced their way back into the lead with a penalty try, converted by Jarvis, with only one minute to play allowing the Meadow Lane faithful to anticipate one of the best wins of the season. However, a penalty in the last scrum of the game, meant that Bristol snatched victory 25-24 with virtually the last kick of the match.

On loan Bath back rower, Will Skuse, was at the heart of everything good that Nottingham did in both attack and defence and earned himself the Man of the Match accolade.

He said, "It was tough up front, we knew they would come at us in the forwards, particularly in the scrum and driving lineout. We'd practiced defending it during the week and it paid off. Our driving lineout was awesome and was a major part of all three of our tries. The forwards did a great job in providing that platform and the backs executed well off the back of it.

"You always feel gutted to lose like that. The scrum penalty at the end could have gone either way and unfortunately it went against us. When we saw the kick go over it was disappointing because we'd done so well to get back into the lead.

"We will take a lot of confidence from the performance and I'm really looking forward to the next game at Plymouth in two weeks."

Nottingham's next game is away to Plymouth Albion in the Championship on 28th February, before the visit of high flying Rotherham Titans to Meadow Lane on Sunday 9th March. (Kick Off 1pm)


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