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Clinical Nottingham Punish Carnegie

BY ANDI STARR

Nottingham got their Greene King IPA Championship campaign off to a good start, beating Leeds Carnegie 24-16 at Doncaster's Castle Park stadium.

It was the second of a double-header, organised by the sponsors, with Rotherham Titans having earlier beaten Moseley 42-24 at the same venue.

An encouraging start from the Green and Whites saw early chances down both wings, while the forwards looked particularly powerful as they drove Leeds back on several occasions.

One of these brought the opening try as Dan Montagu forced his way over close to the posts, with Rory Lynn adding the simple conversion.

Leeds hit back to force a penalty, but debutant Glyn Hughes put his kick wide.

He soon made amends though as Nottingham hooker John Vickers was sin-binned, making it 7-3 with the resulting penalty.

Having missed one long-range kick, Lynn soon made it 13-3 with two good kicks as the pressure on the Leeds defence brought more penalty chances.

Hughes again reduced the arrears before the best move of the half saw Andy Savage race out of defence to open up a gap, with Ryan Hough finishing off with a fine try.

An injury time kick from Hughes, the last of the half, made it 18-9 at the break.

An early penalty extended Nottingham's lead, as the pack again caused havoc at the scrum, Lynn making it 21-9.

Leeds were looking increasingly desperate as their attempts to break down the Nottingham defence came to nothing, and their mistakes increased accordingly. But with six minutes remaining they earned themselves a chance at a losing bonus point as David Doherty broke from inside his own half before offloading to Alex Lozowski, who had replaced Hughes earlier and also took over the kicking duties to convert his own try.

And they had a chance to clinch that losing bonus point in the final minute when they were awarded a penalty that looked kickable. But they went for touch and the Green and Whites defended the resulting lineout well to hang on to confirm a deserved 24-16 win.

2013-09-14T17:00:00

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