BRENT Wilson says Nottingham's first league win at
Bristol in more than 22 years has galvanised Green and Whites
NJottingham skipper Brent Wilson says Bristol win was about belief.
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victory over their play-off chasing rivals propelled
the East Midlands club to second on the RFU Championship ladder.
Nottingham moved two points clear of Bedford after the Blues lost
to league leaders Newcastle and have a game in hand over the third
Wilson and No.8 Alex Shaw crossed for tries either side of the
break with fly-half James Arlidge booting 13 points to seal the
The last time Nottingham landed a league win in the South West
was in the old Courage Clubs
Championship National Division One in September 1990.
Richard Byrom and Mark Charles landed a try each and former England
international Simon Hodgkinson slotted four penalties to seal the
Since then, the Green and Whites have emerged triumphant once
from a Cup fixture, lost six and drew a play-off clash.
Wilson didn't need to go through the statistical history to
state the obvious.
"There is a lot of belief in this team right now," Wilson said.
"To so the double over Bristol, especially here where it is
never easy to come away with a result, is a huge result for us.
"They are a good side and you look at their recent run and you
can see they will be right there in the top four and right in the
mix for the semi-finals.
"It was pleasing to see that we can come to a place like this
and do a job.
"Getting a win like this away from home is a massive confidence
But even before Wilson took his seat on the coach trip back to
Nottingham on Friday night, the flanker had shifted his focus to
the next test - Saturday's rearranged trip to Jersey.
"If you go to the Memorial Stadium and get the win and there and
then go to Jersey and fail to do the same there it is not really
worth it," Wilson said.
"You have to keep going from week to week and right now we can't
afford to get ahead of ourselves.
"We have a game in hand which stands us in good stead in second
place, so there is a lot for us to play for when we return to