Nottingham Rugby welcome Bristol to Meadow Lane on
Sunday 16th February in the Greene King IPA Championship
in a positive frame of mind following their last three
The Green and Whites have been steadily improving throughout the
season and are pleased with where they are heading into the match
against the promotion candidates from the south west.
Despite an agonising last minute defeat to Jersey in their last
match, Backs Coach Ben Johnston says there is a lot of positivity
around the squad.
Johnston said, "We have taken a lot out of the last three
weeks. Our defence has been excellent, as it has for the
majority of the season. Our set piece has been strong and is
becoming a real weapon for us and as we get people back fit, we are
seeing improvement in our attacking play.
"People might look at the results and see that we've lost two of
the last three but we look at it in a different way. We've
picked up bonus points away at Bedford and Jersey in very difficult
conditions and we earned a deserved victory against London
Scottish. We have a lot of young players in our team and they
have really stood up to be counted."
Bristol come into the match on the back of a 32-19 victory over
Bedford last weekend and find themselves fourth in the league, with
a game in hand on those above them. Johnston expects it to be
another battle between the sides on Sunday.
He continued, "Bristol are a good side with good forwards and
backs. They like to vary their attack and play all over the
park. They are very physical and combine this with an
expansive offloading game. We know that we'll have to be at
the top of our game to get a result and we're looking forward to
Nottingham have made a few changes to their line-up for this
match with Ryan Bower and Michael Holford coming into the front row
in place of Campese Ma'afu and Harry Williams who revert to the
bench. Will Skuse comes in on the flank in place of the
injured Tom Calladine.
In the backs, Sean Romans comes in at scrum half for Finlay
Barnham, Olly Woodburn replaces Perry Humphreys on the wing and a
fit again Ed Styles takes over from Rory Lynn at full back.
Rupert Cooper continues his comeback from a shoulder injury by
being named amongst the replacements.
Nottingham team to face Bristol:
15) Ed Styles
14) Ryan Hough
13) Alfie Molloy
12) Joe Munro
11) Olly Woodburn
10) Matthew Jarvis
9) Sean Romans
1) Ryan Bower
2) Alun Walker
3) Michael Holford
4) Toby Freeman
5) Dan Montagu
6) Will Skuse
7) Brent Wilson (c)
8) Alex Shaw
16) Jon Vickers
17) Campese Ma'afu
18) Harry Williams
19) Neilus Keogh
20) Rupert Cooper
21) Harrison Lee-Everton
22) Rory Lynn
Any media wishing to attend the match should email Nik Emmonds
or call 0115 9683320/07949 768913.