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Romans: Nottingham determined to build on big win

NOTTINGHAM scrum half Sean Romans says the Green and Whites are determined to pick up against Jersey where they left off against London Scottish last week.

Romans action

General: Romans barking orders to the scrum against London Scottish. PIC Alison Bowden.

It's the self-belief shown in the 54-9 victory that the New Zealander vows the East Midlands club will strive to replicate in their second home game at Meadow Lane in nine days.

"What we showed last week was a bit of confidence," Romans said.

"It just showed that we can be dangerous off quick ball and we are dangerous when we hold the ball, get into high phase counts and keep pressure on for periods."

"The forwards did a fantastic job, the set pieces were great and you can see the difference that quick ruck ball makes when it opens a whole lot of possibilities for playmakers."

 "By no means was it an excellent performance. We've looked through the game and there are definitely bits that we weren't happy with, but it's a good result to get after a few losses and something to really build on now."

Nottingham step out in their new, hot pink, charity shirt on Sunday (3pm kick-off), but that is the biggest change this week.

Green and Whites head coach Martin Haag makes just one alteration to his starting XV to face the RFU Championship newcomers, with Jack Cobden named on the right wing.

Haag is keen to see the fully fit 23-year-old (pictured) in action, ushering him in to replace David Jackson.

Jack Cobden playing HSHaving been struck by a foot injury in the final two weeks of pre-season, Cobden has been forced to cool his heels in the opening month of the campaign.

He returned to full training a fortnight ago and has pressed a compelling case for selection.

With Jackson and up-and-comer Ryan Hough featuring on the wing already this season, Haag is eager to rotate his options.

"We have depth in the position and like Houghy before him,  Jacko has done a great job for us in the three games he's played and got better with every game," Haag said.

"Cobo hasn't had a run yet this season and I want to see him in action."

Nottingham Rugby team to take on Jersey at Meadow Lane Stadium on Sunday, October 7 (3pm kick-off):15 Andrew Savage 14 Jack Cobden 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Matt Parr 2 Joe Duffey 3 Michael Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson (c) 8 Alex Shaw.

Replacements bench: 16 Scott Wright 17 Johnny Harris 18 Joe Quinn 19 Tom Calladine 20 Finaly Barnham 21 Rory Lynn 22 Joe Cobden.


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