Match reaction: Bedford Pinks 15-18 Newcastle Falcons

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Saturday 27 April 2013 – 3.00pm

Goldington Road, Bedford

British & Irish Cup semi-final

 

Well, it wasn’t perfect, but the Falcons responded how they needed to after last week’s shocker at home to Bristol and now we’re in the Bandi Cup Final!

 

Some of the Falcons Twitterati were not happy with the performance, particularly in the first half when we would have been lucky to have 20% of the possession, but the scoreline read ‘Blues 15-18 Away’ and that is all that matters. Now looking forward to the game against Leinster A in a few weeks’ time.

 

A win then will be a good boost going into the far more important games against either Bedford or Nottingham, should we overcome Leeds.

 

I’m certainly hoping for Bedford, it’s a proper rugby ground that I for one will miss in the Premiership, where stadia are often shiny but lacking in character. That slope really is something and in the daylight rather than dusk it’s clear just how big the difference in height is across the pitch.

 

Presumably the Falcons won the toss as we played uphill in the first 40, so it should not have been a surprise perhaps that Bedford dominated things early doors. The Falcons’ discipline was again off, even if the referee was a bit Irish (casual racist remark of the day out of the way). One example I can give is that players standing up in the scrum were continually ignored or at least not penalised, whereas one scrum that looked very clean (by today’s standards) resulted in a Bedford penalty.

 

Bedford’s kicker’s radar seemed a bit off and he missed a couple of kicks, while we took our opportunities and Jimmy Gopperth’s penalties put us 0-6 up at the break. That must have been a bit demoralising for Les Bleus.

 

Jonny Golding’s try early in the second half settled some Geordie nerves but Bedford weren’t lying down, even after the bizarre try by Noah Cato where he caught a 22 drop-out and fought through the Bedford defence to score. I didn’t think Noah had a great game yesterday but he was on the ball in more ways than one when he needed to be.

 

Jordi Pasqualin was even less impressive, coming off the bench and being carded for a professionnal foul pretty quickly. Mind, he will be as disappointed as anyone at screwing up a rare chance to get on the pitch and doesn’t deserve to be condemned as one or two have done. He isn’t the first Falcons player to get binned for blocking a try-scoring opportunity and certainly won’t be the last.

 

Things became very nervy when Bedford scored their second try to bring the score back to 15-18, but the missed conversion meant a drop-goal would have only given us a draw (and presumably extra time), not sent the hosts through to the final themselves. It didn’t get that far, to our relief the Falcons won a penalty and after the players put their handbags away, the ball was sent to touch and we were in the final!

 

I’ve mentioned a couple of players who didn’t have their best days, but despite the team perhaps not performing brilliantly overall there were some good shows. I’m not one of those who believes that Michael Mayhew should start for the All Blacks but he took his chance with open arms with some good defensive work and contributing to a solid scrum alongside the returning Oliver Tomaszczyk. Similarly, James Hudson did little wrong and was clearly driven to perform as he approaches his final month as a Falcons player. Alex Tait went from villain to hero in the space of a few seconds, with a howler of a missed tackle in midfield being followed up by a try-saving tackle on the far left.

 

Jamie Helleur was quite quiet I thought considering how well he has played since Christmas, but can be forgiven an off day.

 

Comedy of the day comes from Jimmy Gopperth, who was blinded by the sun as a Bedford penalty approached him by the posts and panicked, shouting for Tom Catterick to cover him. Jimmy’s panicky shout and frantic covering of his eyes was quite funny for those watching even if I can’t remember his exact words (it wouldn’t have been if Bedford had pounced and scored, obviously).

 

It was a mixture on the pitch but the job was done, and perhaps those who seemed to think the defeat last week was the end of the world should re-assess their thoughts.

 

The double is still on!

 

 

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Match preview: Bedford Blues v Newcastle Falcons

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Saturday 27 April 2013 – 3.00pm

Goldington Road, Bedford

British & Irish Cup semi-final

 

A semi-final means it’s the business end of the season, and while most fans’ attention will rightly be focused on the playoffs against Leeds over the following two weekends, there is of course the British & Irish Cup last four meeting with Bedford tomorrow to consider.
This will be the second of possibly three visits to slopy Goldington Road this season, should both ourselves and the Blues make it to the Championship Final. The winners will host either Munster A or Leinster A in three weeks time to contest the cup, the two Irish reserve sides playing in the other semi-final tonight at Garryowen FC in Dooradoyle. Now there’s a name for a place. Apparently it’s a suburb of Limerick and yes it’s the club that gave the up-and-under its name.

 

Bedford were the top seeds going into the knockout stages of the cup and were the only side to take the maximum 30 points from their six pool games (we got 29 but two were lopped off for James Goode’s ineligibility in one game). The Blues progressed to the quarter-finals through pool two thus:

 

13/10/2012 Bedwas (A) W45-23

20/10/2012 Stirling (H) W87-10

08/12/2012 Neath (A) W62-12

15/12/2012 Neath (H) W69-23

12/01/2013 Stirling (A) W24-21

01/02/2013 Bedwas (H) W64-0

 

While we took apart Nottingham’s reserve team at KP in the quarter-finals, Bedford had an apparently trickier task at home to Llanelli but the latter became the third Welsh side to be dispatched at Goldington Road in 2012/13 (fourth including Cardiff in a pre-season friendly) by a scoreline of 32-18.

 

This is the second successive season in which Bedford have met Llanelli in this competition, and the Midlanders needed a last-minute try to steal a draw back in December 2011. However, despite Llanelli leading at half-time, Josh Bassett’s brace of tries and the boot of Jake Sharp ensured there would be one all-English semi.

 

Last season Bedford, Championship semi-finalists for three successive seasons, were not quite so successful in this tournament. Last season, they finished second in pool three behind Leinster A, after following up two early wins with a tight defeat at Melrose and the aforementioned 25-25 draw with Llanelli at home.

 

In 2010/11, Ulster Ravens topped Bedford’s group after beating the Blues 29-3 at Ravenhill on the opening weekend. London Welsh, who beat Bedford 26-13 at Old Deer Park, were second in pool C.

 

In between though, Bedford did get to the final but were beaten 17-14 by Bristol at the Memorial Stadium. Their run to the final saw big knockout wins over Leinster A and eventual Championship winners Worcester but the last match in Bristol was a bridge too far for the side that had the competition’s top points-scorer in James Pritchard and best try-scorer in Handre Schmidt in 2010/11.

 

 

Bedford’s record at the picturesque Goldington Road this season is formidable. Back in November we won 20-29 there, buy apart from that only Bristol and Leeds have been victorious on the hilly pitch, 6-18 in March and 24-33 two weeks ago respectively. That victory for the Cardigans could have sent us to Bedfordshire in the semi-finals of the playoffs, but Bedford recovered in their final two games against Doncaster and Moseley to ensure their own playoff against Nottingham.

 

We could though be back in the final.

 

 

I was quite interested to see what lineup we would put out tomorrow with the playoffs just around the corner, but there is only one change to the starting team from last week – Michael Mayhew replaces Matt Thompson. Maybe Dean Richards has told the team that were overall pretty bad against Bristol to go out and redeem themselves.

 

Falcons: 15 Tom Catterick, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Adam Powell, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Alex Tait, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Warren Fury, 1 Jonny Golding, 2 Michael Mayhew, 3 Scott Wilson, 4 Scott MacLeod, 5 Carlo del Fava, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Ally Hogg .

 

Replacements: 16 Rob Vickers, 17 James Hall, 18 Sean Tomes, 19 Ollie Stedman, 20 Jordi Pasqualin, 21 Waisea Luveniyali, 22 Michael Tait.

 

 

Bedford team: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 James Stephenson, 13 Brendan Burke, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 James Short, 10 Myles Dorrian, 9 Luke Baldwin, 1 Darren Fearn, 2 Neil Cochrane, 3 Dan Seal, 4 Mike Howard, 5 Paul Tupai, 6 Gregor Gillanders, 7 Darren Fox (c), 8 Nick Fenton-Wells.

 

Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Phil Boulton, 18 Don Barrell, 19 Tom Armes, 20 Darryl Veenendaal, 21 Jake Sharp, 22 Ollie Dodge.

 

 

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Match reaction: Newcastle Falcons 14-19 Bristol Rugby

Saturday 20 April 2013 – 3.00pm
Kingston Park, Newcastle
RFU Championship #22

Well, that wasn’t supposed to happen. We thought yesterday would be the completion of a 100% win record in the regular season, a century of points, and onwards to the playoffs.

Bristol spoiled the party though and I don’t expect anybody can deny that they deserved their win.

Our players’ minds seemed to be elsewhere, why I don’t know but if it was complacency (against a good team looking for a playoff place) then hopefully any belief that we have already won promotion has been erased.

There were very few players who earned their money yesterday. Adam Powell was probably the best of a bad lot, Alex Tait and Mark Wilson put themselves about and Jonny Golding had a solid return to the side.

Tom Catterick looked a bit out of sorts but hopefully that was a just a blip in an otherwise excellent season. The widespread criticism of Warren Fury shows that perhaps I do understand a little of scrum-half play since my opinions on our other 9s seem not to be too popular.

If Rory Lawson can’t play at Bedford, I hope Deano will finally give Jordi a game. If he has a mare then fair enough but give the lad a chance when others have had more than they deserve.

I was surprised to see James Fitzpatrick in the starting lineup and though he did make some metres with the ball actually in hand, he remains prone to butter fingers and a very high tackle.

Centre is a concerning position. Powell and Jamie Helleur will presumably pick themselves but after that only the still-very inexperienced Michael Tait has performed in that position this season. We’ll see.

The referee was extremely poor yesterday, missing forward passes by Bristol and a few drops by us as wel as high tackles from both teams – indeed his whole understanding of knock-ons seemed bizarre.

Then there was Alex Tait’s holding on in the dying minutes. Barring Stade’s early lineout in Paris in 2005, I think that might be the worst decision I’ve seen by a referee in almost 18 years of watching rugby.

But we can’t blame the referee when our penalty count was disgracefully high, we defended too high for Bristol’s try and left Fitzy exposed to pace, and often wasted good possession.

The positive we can take though is that while the Falcons were very poor yesterday and Bristol were far better, we only lost by five points. Remember this was our first competitive defeat for a few hours short of a year.

Bedford threw everything at us home and away and Nottingham did the same at Meadow Lane, but still couldn’t beat us. In our four home games against Leeds and Nottingham this season we have scored over 200 points.

It’s not time to panic just yet.

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Match preview: Newcastle Falcons v Bristol Rugby

Saturday 20 April 2013 – 3.00pm

Kingston Park, Newcastle

RFU Championship #22

 

The last time Bristol came to KP Jonny Wilkinson was still playing for us – in fact it was his last home game for the Falcons.

 

That was in September 2008 and even after just three games of the season, it was considered a potential relegation decider. Wilkinson kicked a penalty and converted tries by Adam Balding and John Rudd to give us a 17-3 win, which was a bit less #epic than the return game on Friday 13th later in the season, but it was an early blow at the bottom of the table.

 

Our team that day contained the likes of Tim Visser, Jamie Noon, Tom May, Joe McDonnell, Carl Hayman,  Mark Sorenson and Phil Dowson. I’m not going to say it was necessarily a better time, but the crowd of just over 6,000 suggests it might have been.

 

Not that Bristol’s 22 was full of slouches – David Lemi, Jason Hobson, Roy Winters, Dan Ward-Smith, Andrew Blowers and Mark Regan are not names to be taken lightly.

 

Anyway, at that time both the Falcons and Bristol were very much on the way down, there was a feeling that both were living on borrowed time in the Premiership. The Pasty Boys dropped into the Championship at the end of the 2008/09 season and have not yet gone back up, while we lived to fight on for another three seasons before suffering the dreaded drop.

 

Tomorrow’s game at KP is obviously the reverse of the opening weekend of the season, and I wondered back then if this was so Sky could show both games, thinking that we and Bristol would be fighting it out at the top of the table. They didn’t show the first game and won’t be showing tomorrow’s, so perhaps the first round of fixtures was reversed on the last day so every team was guaranteed a home game to either start or end the season.

 

Bristol have certainly not had the season they would have wanted – with one game to go they face an uphill battle to get into the playoffs, where they would face ourselves in the semi-finals if they manage to overtake Leeds.

 

Although Bristol sit just two points behind our northern neighbours (with 13 wins to Leeds’ 12, but six fewer bonus points), they must become the first team to beat the Falcons in a competitive game since Saracens exactly one year ago tomorrow and hope Leeds slip up at home to Nottingham. Even though Nottingham have secured second place, you would hope (or those of us with a black heart would anyway) that our unbeaten run continues.

 

Bristol have quite a good record up in the Toon, winning six and losing six of 12 games away to first Gosforth and now the Falcons. A couple of games are notable – the 1998 meeting was the last game before the ill-fated Gateshead experiment. In March 1998 meanwhile, Steve Bates took charge for the first time and Rob Miller’s man of the match debut performance was one of few bright spots in a pretty poor team display.

 

Bristol in Newcastle:

29/04/1978                  Club Match                 L6-7

23/04/1994                  Division 1                   L13-22

26/04/1998                  Premiership 1              W43-18

26/09/1999                  Premiership 1              L32-37

12/11/2000                  Cup 5th round              W32-16

27/12/2000                  Premiership                 W23-15

14/10/2001                  Premiership                 W37-20

01/12/2002                  Premiership                 L12-20

11/09/2005                  Premiership                 L14-16

03/11/2006                  Premiership                 W26-21

16/03/2008                  Premiership                 L8-28

26/09/2008                  Premiership                 W17-9

 

In 2012/13, Bristol recovered from their opening day 20-37 defeat by the Falcons, managed competitively by Dean Richards for the first time and seen home by tries from Luke Fielden (two), Tane Tu’ipulotu and Ally Hogg to then win at now-relegated Doncaster in their second game. However, it was not until Plymouth at the end of November that they won another away outing in the league.

 

In that time, Leeds, Rotherham and Nottingham sent Bristol packing, as did Cornish Pirates on New Year’s Day. However, the Bris fans dared to believe again after a 6-18 upset of Bedford at Goldington Road at the start of March, and though that was followed by losses at home to Nottingham and at Moseley, since then our visitors are unbeaten in three in the Championship, beating Jersey away, Plymouth at home and most recently winning 19-38 at London Scottish last Saturday.

 

 

Bristol are of course now under the stewardship of former England and Scotland gaffer (I wonder if he’s the only person to manage two different Six Nations teams?) Andy Robinson and if we are Saracens reserves, with the recent signings of Noah Cato and Adam Powell and the promise of Andy Saull, so the Memorial Stadium must have a bit of Falcon feel to it. Luke Eves and Redford Pennycook both wore the black shirt before returning to the South West, while James Grindal  played for us for many years in between two spells with Leicester. Glen Townson is another former Newcastle player.
All of these (or the ones Robinson keeps, anyway) will be joined by James Hall next season.

 

On top of that, Bristol have several players with masses of Premiership experience. Roy Winters – full name Royston Anthony Maria Winters, if you believe Wikipedia – and Jason Hobson each have a couple of England caps, though are probably unlikely to ever add to them. Jon Goodridge spent several years at Gloucester and then Leeds, and Adrian Jarvis has played for a number of top flight teams. Jarvis’s fellow fly-half Matthew Jones was at Worcester before moving to the Mem last January.

 

Then there is Bruce Douglas, a 43-cap Scotland prop who also moved from Worcester last year. So not a terrible squad we are up against tomorrow, but one that has probably failed to fulfil its potential this season. Hence Robinson’s appointment.

 
Falcons team: 15 Tom Catterick, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Adam Powell, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Alex Tait, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Warren Fury, 1 Jonny Golding, 2 Matt Thompson, 3 Scott Wilson, 4 Scott MacLeod, 5 Carlo del Fava, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Ally Hogg.

 

Replacements: 16 Rob Vickers, 17 James Hall, 18 James Goode, 19 Richard Mayhew, 20 Jordi Pasqualin, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 Michael Tait

 

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Match reaction: Plymouth Albion 10-25 Newcastle Felons

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Saturday 13 April 2013 – 3.00pm
The Brickfields, Plymouth
RFU Championship #21

The Falcons are one game away from winning every regular season match in the Championship and hitting 100 points.

Plymouth are the tenth team to be doubled by us in the league this season and only Bristol at KP on Saturday stand in the way of a perfect 22 out of 22.

It was a wild day on the south coast of Devon with almost constant, if not especially heavy, rain and a swirling wind that made lineout throwing very tricky. If more than a couple were straight all day I’d be surprised.

There was a pleasant lack of time wasted by dodgy scrums and for the most part both teams tried to play an entertaining game on a pitch that had visible puddles in several places.

The late withdrawal of Jimmy Gopperth from the team and Waisea Luveniyali playing the full 80 minutes suggests Luvey is very much third choice for the number ten shirt, as we might expect.

Nevertheless, I didn’t think Wes had a terrible game yesterday, bar a couple of wildly-directed kicks at goal.

I also think Warren Fury is continuing to improve after an indifferent start to his time with the Falcons, and showed some good speed on a pitch that was always going to be difficult for scrum-halves.

Although we were in control generally for most of the game, Plymouth showed some spirit, particularly at the end of the first half when they scored their try.

Our first try was quite fortunate, Ollie Stedman looking like he lost the ball when going to ground, but the second by Jamie Helleur was a great example of why it is a good idea to put pressure on when kicking long.

This proved to be a useful tactic on a day when the wind in the air and water underfoot made it tricky for defences, but fortunately for those watching both teams used it sparingly.

So it’s now 28 wins out of 28 competitive games, a nice round 35 will see us into the Premiership with the British & Irish Cup in hand too.

There’s absolutely no reason we can’t do it.

The home fans are some of the more passionate and loud we’ve come across in this division I think, way up high in the covered terrace where we still got wet.

Those I spoke to in the bar were very friendly too and there was a canny little post-match disco in one of the marquees, that unfortunately me and the ladies only discovered ten minutes before our taxi came.

So the Magical Mystery Tour of 2012-13 has had its final new stop and we just have three away days left. Bedford is somewhere I’ll happily go to twice more if need be, and hopefully Nottingham would have nicer weather than last time.

I’m going to miss Championship grounds if we are promoted, but I miss Bath and Gloucester too. High Wycombe, not so much.

This blog is brought to you by the lovely Baba curry house in Plymouth. It was quite something, both nights.

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Match reaction: Newcastle Falcons 72-17 Nottingham Rugby

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Wey, that’s another good game I’ve missed! The urgent need to paint my flat yesterday led to another hot Friday night date with Smithy and Marko (their voices at least), and even with that and Twitter I lost count of the tries.

Perhaps the new scoreboard kept a running total of tries as well as points?

Certainly fans have been generous in their praise of the Falcons’ performance, particularly Jimmy Gopperth who has struggled recently and received some criticism.

It’s good to see some fringe players get a runout even in this season of rotation. James Hall will have appreciated the game and on Twitter Jordi Pasqualin indicated that he enjoyed his 20 minutes.

No doubt this win, our second-biggest of the season, will have given the team a cheer after a couple of months in which they have at times seemed to go through the motions ahead of the.playoffs.

Getting into the last four of the B&I Cup is certainly not a bad thing and I’m glad the Falcons are taking this competition seriously, unlike the visitors it seems.

I didn’t take much notice of the Nottingham side, bar the absence of Brent Wilson, until Smithy said on the radio that none of the visiting starting XV had started when we visited Meadow Lane a couple of weeks ago.

Obviously the Falcons can’t do anything about that and our lads will know that a playoff againat the Archers will be far more difficult than this game was. But I can’t believe that playing the reserves and getting hammered helps anyone, not least the players Nottingham sent out on Friday.

Fair enough none of their top players was injured, but any of the men who took a battering might be needed in the playoffs. They might have in the back of their minds that they weren’t considered important enough to get a rest in the cup quarters.

I’m really getting into this psychology thing, I think it will be important. Perhaps I’m not drawing the right conclusions, but I’m sure our coaches will be sure tp have the team in the right frame of mind come squeaky bum time.

Speaking of draws, the semi-finals are drawn tomorrow morning apparently. I quite fancy another trip to Bedford but I’d prefer it in the final as it’s a nice easy one to get to on a Friday night from London. Bristol is also doable mind.

You can never moan about a home draw though, and that would give us the best chance.

By the time the semi comes around, we’ll know our first (and hopefully not only) playoff opponents. Four successive matches against Bristol is a possibility.

 

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Match preview: Newcastle Falcons v Nottingham Rugby

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Friday 5 April 2013 – 8.00pm

Kingston Park, Newcastle

British & Irish Cup Quarter-final

 

The British & Irish Cup knockout stages begin tomorrow night and the Falcons face the third of what could be five meetings with Nottingham this season.

 

The Archers are our closest challengers in the Championship and will no doubt fancy their chances of reaching the playoff final.

 

This quarter-final comes just two weeks after we visited Meadow Lane and completed a regular season league double over Nottingham. That certainly was not easy, the Outlaws scoring two tries to cancel out Tom Catterick’s opener before Jimmy Gopperth and Joel Hodgson’s boot stole an away win.

 

In between times, Nottingham visited Doncaster on Good Friday as we were entertaining Jersey, and secured their place in the top four with a hard-fought 21-27 victory. Andy Savage and Alex Forsyth were the Midlanders’ try-scorers.

 

Nottingham qualified from their B&I Cup pool with despite opening with two defeats, away to Llandovery and at home to Doncaster. However they recovered to hammer Melrose 54-24 at home in December before a 20-32 return win in the Borders.

 

Following the turn of the year, Nottingham got their first victory at Castle Park this year, shading a tight game 14-16, and then sent Llandovery home from Meadow Lane with nothing to top Pool 8.

 

Both the Archers and their Welsh opponents finished on 20 points but Nottingham went through due to a better record in the games between the two sides.

 

This year’s B&I Cup is the fourth installment of this much-criticised and, to many, poorly-organised competition and Nottingham have played in all three previous years.

 

Last season, four wins out of four (against teams in another pool, as in the Anglo-Welsh Cup) saw Nottingham finish second in their group and lose 33-3 to Cornish Pirates in the last eight.

 

In 2010/11, Nottingham finished fourth in a six-team pool as wins at Bristol and Esher were cancelled out by defeats at home to Munster A, Melrose and at Llanelli.

 

A similar format had been adopted in the B&I Cup’s first season 2009/10, and though Nottingham finished third in pool B this was not enough to make the final stages. Following a 0-5 win at Heriot’s FP and a home victory over Neath, losses at Munster A and at home to Bristol around a thrashing of Coventry at Meadow Lane led to the Midlanders exiting at the pool round.

 

Writing before the team has been named, I will be interested to see the side Dean Richards puts out this week after making several changes for Jersey, given that this is a cup game but one we’ll want to win for many reasons, including the obvious one that it’s a game to be won.

 

 

Well, some big guns are back in the shape of Jimmy Gopperth, Jamie Helleur, Jonny Golding, Ally Hogg and Scott MacLeod, and the very big gun of Taiasina Tu’ifua who is no longer suspended. James Hall gets a rare start and in Will Welch’s absence, Hogg is captain. Scott Wilson and Alex Tait are on the bench.

 

Falcons: 15 Tom Catterick, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Adam Powell, 12 Jamie Helleur, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Warren Fury, 1 Jonny Golding, 2 Matt Thompson, 3 James Hall, 4 Sean Tomes, 5 Scott MacLeod, 6 Taiasina Tu’ifua, 7 Mark Wilson, 8 Ally Hogg (c).

 

Replacements: 16 Michael Mayhew, 17 Scott Wilson, 18 Richard Mayhew, 19 Ollie Stedman, 20 Jordi Pasqualin, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 Alex Tait

 

 

Nottingham are missing their own captain Brent Wilson, who won’t be making a second return to KP this season:

 

Nottingham: 15 James Stokes, 14 Jack Bradford, 13 Joe Cobden, 12 Andy Forsyth, 11 Ryan Hough, 10 Rory Lynn, 9 Finlay Barnham, 1 Jonny Harris, 2 Shaun Malton, 3 Ryan Bower, 4 Joe Quinn, 5 Tom Price, 6 Phil Eggleshaw, 7 Tom Calladine, 8 Alex Shaw.

 

Replacements: 16 Jimmy Stevens, 17 Matt Parr, 18 Matt Shields, 19 Dan Montagu, 20 Rupert Cooper, 21 Sean Romans, 22 Joe Munro.

 

 

What happens in the semi-finals and final of the B&I Cup is anyone’s guess, the way the rules have been chopped and changed so far. But lets just get there and let the unions worry about that.

 

 

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