Nottingham Rugby continue their British and Irish Cup campaign
at Meadow Lane on Friday 18 October (kick off 8pm) with the visit
of Irish giants Munster.
The Green and Whites went down 28-9 away to Plymouth Albion in
the first round of fixtures, which made it four defeats in a row in
Backs coach, Ben Johnston, takes charge again for the match
against Munster and he is looking for the players to show the
improvements that they've been working on in training.
He said, "The defeat to Plymouth was disappointing and the lads
know that. We've been very honest with each other about what
we need to improve on and there has been a real focus and desire in
training to put things right.
"The key thing for us is to produce an 80 minute
performance. We've competed well in the majority of matches
we've played this season and the score lines have been close going
into the final quarter. It's those last 20 minutes where
we've got to raise our game, keep calm and continue to do the right
things in order to get the results we want.
"We have a very young team and they're learning very quickly
what it takes to compete at this level. The ability is there
and we just need to add that bit of nous at vital moments which
will make all the difference.
Another area that Nottingham have been working on in training is
their discipline, following six yellow cards in the last two
matches and 10 in total so far this season.
Johnston continued, "Being down to 14 or 13 men puts us under a
lot of pressure and negates a lot of the hard work we've put in
during the match to give ourselves a chance to win. As I've
said already, we've got a young team and some of the mistakes that
have led to the yellow cards have come from a mixture of
inexperience and over enthusiasm.
"The enthusiasm is great, but at times you can try too hard, so
we've been working with the players to help them understand where
the errors have come from and how they can avoid it happening
again. We'll obviously have a much better chance of winning
rugby matches with a full complement of players on the field."
Nottingham are expecting one of their biggest crowds of the
season for the visit of Munster and to celebrate their appearance,
the club will be hosting an Irish night. Irish dancers,
Gaelic football, some hurling and plenty of Guinness will all be
available throughout the evening.
Tickets are still available to pre-book by calling 0115 9070070
and they will also be available on the gate.
On the field, Johnston makes a few changes for this game.
Jon Vickers comes back in at Hooker in place of Alun Walker while
captain Brent Wilson returns in the back row with Alex Shaw
dropping to the bench. Tom Calladine moves to Number 8 to
accommodate the returning skipper.
In the backs, Sean Romans returns at Scrum Half while Henry
Purdy replaces Pasqualle Dunn on the wing.
Nottingham team to face Munster:
15) Rory Lynn
14) Henry Purdy
13) George Catchpole
12) Joe Munro
11) Edward Styles
10) Matthew Jarvis
9) Sean Romans
1) Ryan Bower
2) Jon Vickers
3) Michael Holford
4) Tom Price
5) Dan Montagu
6) Rupert Cooper
7) Brent Wilson (c)
8) Tom Calladine
16) Campese Ma'afu
17) Alun Walker
18) Harry Williams
19) Joe Burton
20) Alex Shaw
21) Harrison Lee-Everton
22) Alfie Malloy