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Haag wishes for Nottingham’s finest for Christmas

MARTIN Haag has challenged his players to finish 2012 with a bang against Midlands rivals Moseley by producing the sort of form that put Doncaster to the sword last month.

Streather Doncaster action

RUN AWAY: Tim Streather returns to the side as Nottingham aim to get back to their best before Christmas. PIC: Alison Bowden.

While Nottingham have breathed new life into their British and Irish Cup campaign with back-to-back bonus point wins over Melrose, it is the fashion in which the Green and Whites accounted for the Knights that Haag wants to see replicated at Meadow Lane on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

"We had two good wins against Melrose but we want to go out against Moseley in the same vein as we finished the game against Doncaster, which is the standard we set ourselves," Haag said.

"There is a change of focus coming from the B & I Cup and we want to return to our Championship form."

Getting into the festive spirit of things for a match labeled the Family Christmas, Haag is exhausting every avenue to get what he wants by popping a note to Santa Claus.

"This is the last game before Christmas, so five points would be a great present for us," Haag said.

As a side that has averaged more than 54 points from its past five wins at home, confidence is at an all-time high at Meadow Lane.

"Winning is a good habit and breeds a good atmosphere," Haag said.

"Self belief is a very important thing and we are playing with it at the moment.

"The amount of points that we have been scoring doesn't surprise me because there is a good mixture coming from both backs and forward and coming from a lot of different areas."

Centre Tim Streather's inclusion in the midfield is one of seven changes made to the side that beat Melrose 32-20 at The Greenyards last week.

Joe Munro slots in alongside Streather and Rhys Crane is named on the wing after being a late withdrawal against the Scottish outfit after straining his calf in the pre-game warm-up.

The half-back combination of former young New Zealand representative Sean Romans and Japan international James Arlidge is reunited after two weeks of mixing and matching during the Cup campaign.

In the pack, Michael Holford comes in ahead of Ryan Bower at tighthead and flanker Rupert Cooper reclaims his place at blindside with Tom Calladine moved to the bench.

Hooker Shaun Malton makes his first Championship start since joining the East Midlands club last month, having performed strongly in the front row in both home and away Cup ties against Melrose.

Nottingham's Family Christmas will be a festive event at Meadow Lane with St. Nicholas taking centre stage in the Green and Whites Market Place on a sleigh parked in Santa's grotto. Children can get a photo with Santa pre-match.

To add to the occasion, festive food and drink will be on offer, including; guest real ale, turkey & cranberry rolls, mince pies and mulled wine. To purchase match tickets call Nottingham Rugby on 0115 907 0070.

Nottingham Rugby team to face Moseley on Sunday, December 23 at Meadow Lane Stadium (3pm kick-off): 15 David Jackson 14 Alex Lewington 13 Tim Streather 12 Joe Munro 11 Rhys Crane 10 James Arlidge 9 Sean Romans 1 Matt Parr 2 Shaun Malton 3 Michael Holford 4 Dan Montagu 5 Nic Rouse 6 Rupert Cooper 7 Brent Wilson (c) 8 Alex Shaw.

Replacements from:16 Jimmy Stevens 17 Ryan Bower 18 Joe Quinn 19 Tom Calladine 20 Finlay Barnham 21 Joe Cobden 22 Andy Forsyth.


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