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1st XV Match Preview V Nottingham (Home) Sat 01/01/2011 

BIG MATCH PREVIEW

 

by  Joe Heaton


Moseley v Nottingham - RFU Championship at Billesley Common - Saturday, 1st January, Kick off 3.00 pm.
 


 

Nottingham Rugby Club was founded in 1877, four years after Moseley, by a Rugby School boy during his holidays. Over the last one hundred and thirty four years, without ever reaching the heights of the game, the Nottingham club has earned itself the well deserved reputation of being solid, dependable and hospitable, which is a pleasure to visit but difficult to beat.

In the modern era there have been some notable contributions to successive England XVs; Dusty Hare, Gary Rees, Rob Andrew, Brian Moore and Chris Oti spring to mind. The club’s most notable player, however, was Simon Hodgkinson who, between 1981 and 1998, made 318 appearances and scored 2778 points. Brian Moore also represented the British Lions while playing for the club.

Ali Williams, the All Black second row forward, is joining the ranks of the famous to have played for the Green and Whites for the month of January and is due to be playing his first match at Billesley Common against Moseley on Saturday.

Nottingham Rugby Club has been one of National League’s most consistent performers. In the last three seasons the club finished seventh, a well deserved third and then fifth. In the first season of the Championship a very respectable fifth was achieved, with twelve games won twelve from twenty two matches.

Nottingham has a fully professional side, directed and coached by Glenn Delaney and has a strong connection with Leicester and often the use of many of the Tigers dual registered players.

The results of the last three Championship games between the two clubs are:

 19th  September 09          Moseley 20          Nottingham 31

 13th December   09          Nottingham 20     Moseley      19

 10th October 10               Nottingham 40     Moseley      15

The last game was played at the height of Moseley’s spate of injuries, notably the team’s Neil Mason, with his unfortunate dislocated rib.  Moseley might be expected to field a stronger side on New Year’s Day.

Before the Boxing Day matches, the relative position of the two clubs in the Championship is:

                          P       W     D       L       F       A      BP      Pts      Pos

Nottingham          13      6       0       7      401    353   11       35       6th

Moseley              15      3       2       10     281    477   2         18      10th  

(Note: Nottingham’s record shows two less matches played than Moseley and yet scoring more bonus points than any other team in the Championship)

Moseley’s spirited performance against Worcester when the scoreline did not reflect the match itself was none the less encouraging. If a better performance, arising from increased confidence, shown in the away win against London Welsh and the bonus point earned against Bedford, is carried forward, Moseley hopefully can start the New Year on the right note in what will certainly be an entertaining game.

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