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Nottingham Looking to Secure Safety Against Moseley

Nottingham Rugby head into their final home match of the season against Moseley on Friday (18th April, kick off 8pm) looking to secure the points they need to guarantee their place in the Greene King IPA Championship next season.


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The Green and Whites lost 37-35 to bottom of the table Ealing Trailfinders in their last outing which means that, mathematically, they still aren't guaranteed safety.

Nottingham Head Coach Martin Haag said, "The Ealing result was very disappointing.  It was a game where we targeted a win but came up short.  Ealing played very well and you could see how hungry they were but we gave them too many easy points.  We had opportunities to kill that game off but we didn't take them and all of that adds to the importance of the match tomorrow night.

"Every match is a 'must win'.  Last week's was and the match against Moseley is no different.  We are looking for an improved showing and want to put in a performance our fans can be proud of with it being our last home game of the season.  Most importantly, we want to get that win to ensure that we're safe for next season.

"Moseley are very well drilled, they keep the ball and are very patient and I believe their defence has improved this year as well.  They beat us quite comfortably on their own patch as we didn't put in our best performance that day.  They're a good team and they're safe which gives them an opportunity to throw the ball around and try things, whereas we have to be solely focused on winning that game."

Haag has made two changes to his pack for the match with Ryan Bower coming in at prop in place of Campese Ma'afu and Jon Vickers starting at hooker in place of Alun Walker.

In the backs, Harrison Lee-Everton is rewarded for the impact he has made in recent weeks with a starting spot at scrum half.  Sean Romans moves to the bench.  George Catchpole comes back in on the left wing in place of Joe Cobden.

Nottingham team to face Moseley:

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

1)   Ryan Bower
2)   Jon Vickers
3)   Michael Holford
4)   Toby Freeman
5)   Dan Montagu (c)
6)   Rupert Cooper
7)   Tom Calladine
8)   Alex Shaw

Replacements:

16) Campese Ma'afu
17) Alun Walker
18) Harry Williams
19) Joe Burton
20) Sean Romans
21) Alfie Molloy
22) Jacob Knight

2014-04-17T11:39:00

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