Nottingham Rugby hold on to beat Hartpury and pick up third win of the season


Nottingham Rugby survived a second half fightback to beat Hartpury 31-28 at Lady Bay.

The Green and Whites came out on top in the first meeting between the sides as they made it three wins from five games in the Championship.

Nottingham dominated the first half and took the lead in the second minute with a Tiff Eden penalty.

Seven minutes later Eden kicked another penalty to take the fly-half to 150 points for the club.

The Green and Whites raced into a commanding lead as they scored their first try in the 16th minute through full-back Sean Scanlon. Eden added the conversion to make it 13-0.

With a minute to go in the opening half the hosts scored again, this time through Oli Evans with Eden kicking the extras.

A drop goal for Eden made it 23-0 shortly before the break, but Hartpury pulled a score back with a converted try seconds before the interval whistle. Luke Eves was the scorer.

The try seemed to rock Nottingham and inspire Hartpury, as the away side rallied after the break.

The Gloucestershire side got the first try of the second half when Ed Sheldon dived over in the corner with Jacob Perry kicking the conversion.

Hartpury had narrowed the gap to just two points after 55 minutes, when they scored again with Perry converting.

Murray McConnell came on for scrum-half Daryl Veenendaal and eased some of the tension with a try after 64 minutes. This time Eden missed the conversion, but Nottingham now led 28-21.

With nine minutes to go Eden kicked a drop goal to make it 31-21.

With a minute left on the clock, Joseph Quinn crossed for a converted score to make it 31-28 and give Hartpury a bonus point.

Nottingham: Scanlon, Evans, Lyons, Cobden, Eden, Veenendaal; West, Brownlie, Burke, Cardall, Qualter, Morris, Buckley; Replacements: Penman, Sio, Stuart, Poullet, Everard, McConnell, Millett



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