A SECOND consecutive defeat in the British and Irish
Cup leaves Nottingham at the foot of Pool Eight as Doncaster's
first half dominance earned them a 27-13 victory.
Nottingham's inexperience showed in opening term as
they were rarely able to mount any concerted attacking threat at
Experience only comes with game time though, and several of
Nottingham's promising youngsters will have benefited from the
chance to test themselves against Championship opposition - Tom
Calladine and Rory Lynn in particular appearing to relish that
It was also another opportunity for on-loan Luke Frixou to show
his capabilities, whilst Jake Barron, another loan player, came off
the bench in the late stages.
After an opening couple of minutes in which both sides seemed
content to kick possession away it was the Green and Whites who had
the first chance to get points on the board. A penalty a couple of
metres inside the Doncaster half looked ambitious, and although
Lynn hit the ball well and got the distance it drifted wide.
But it was the visitors doing most of the attacking and a couple
of close range lineouts saw the pack drive over, with hooker Rhys
Buckley getting the try. Jamie Lennard's conversion attempt was off
A good counter attack from Nottingham brought them a second
penalty chance, a little nearer this time, for Lynn to make it
Although this lifted the Green and Whites, handling errors cost
them several promising positions and they paid for those
mistakes when Doncaster got a second penalty midway through the
first half for Lennard to make it 3-8.
Within a minute the visitors forced their second try as flanker
Jethro Rawlings crossed in the left hand corner, Lennard
Again Nottingham hit back well, a second penalty from Lynn
making it 6-15, but they were conceding too many penalties,
particularly at the scrum, and Lennard punished them with two late
kicks to make it 6-21 at half time.
That came after Nottingham's best attack of the half had
threatened a try as they drove form a lineout inside the visitors'
22 before eventually knocking on.
It soon got worse as Doncaster won a penalty in the opening
minute of the second half, and although Lennard's shot was wide he
made no mistake a couple of minutes later, as the home defence
strayed offside, to open up an 18 point lead.
As the likes of Brent Wilson, Joe Duffey, James Arlidge and Sean
Romans joined the action over the course of the third
quarter, so Nottingham began to fight their way back into it.
But a try from David Jackson, converted by Lynn, proved to be
their only second half score.
They put the visitors under plenty of pressure over the final 15
minutes, but could not find a way through.
It was left to Lennard to complete the scoring with his fifth
penalty to make it 13-27.
Nottingham Rugby 13 (Jackson Try; Lynn Conv;
Lynn 2 Pen) Doncaster 27 (Buckley, Rawlings Tries;
Lennard Conv; Lennard Pen 3)
Nottingham: 15 James Stokes 14 David Jackson 13
David Priest (Savage, 51mins) 12 Jack Bradford 11 Jack Cobden 10
Rory Lynn (Arlidge, 56mins) 9 Fin Barnham (Romans, 56mins) 1
Michael Holford 2 Ollie Taylor (Duffey, 58mins) 3 Matt Shields
(Parr, 76mins) 4 Joe Quinn 5 Rupert Cooper (Barron, 76mins) 6 Luke
Frixou (Brent Wilson, 48mins) 7 Tom Calladine 8 Dan Montagu.
Referee: Tom Foley