- Nottingham host Bedford in second leg of RFU Championship semi-final
- Visitors nine points up after first leg at Goldington Road
Photo: Steve Galloway
Nottingham Rugby and Bedford Blues have announced their starting line-ups for the second leg of their RFU Championship semi-final clash (live via @RFUChampionship).
RFU Championship Player of the Year nominee Tim Streather returns from injury in time for Friday night’s knock-out clash at Meadow Lane. The 24-year-old replaces Andy Forsyth at outside centre and is the only change to the side that took the field at Goldington Road.
The Green & Whites have it all to do if they are to progress to the Championship final, having finished the first leg nine points adrift of Bedford Blues.
Despite the deficit, head coach Martin Haag is upbeat ahead of Friday night’s fixture: “We have already moved on and we are excited about the challenge coming up. We know where we are and where we need to be at the end of 80 minutes and we will go for it.”
Having lost only two league games at home all season, Hagg believes home advantage will prove crucial, saying: “At home we have scored a lot of tries and we are not overly worried about what deficit we need to overturn.”
"We've got lots of attacking threats and we've got a good defensive game as well, we need to take that all out on to the field on Friday night.”
For the Blues, head coach Mike Rayer has named an unchanged side from the one that secured victory in the first leg of the semi-final, with try scorers Mark Atkinson and Ben Ransom rewarded for their efforts.
RFU Championship semi-final second leg
Nottingham Rugby vs Bedford Blues, Friday, May 10, Meadow Lane. KO 8pm. Streamed live via @RFUChampionship.
15. David Jackson, 14. Alex Lewington, 13. Tim Streather, 12. Joe Munro, 11. Rhys Crane, 10. James Arlidge, 9. Sean Romans; 1. Matt Parr, 2. Joe Duffey, 3. Michael Holford, 4. Dan Montagu, 5. Nic Rouse, 6. Rupert Cooper, 7. Brent Wilson, 8. Alex Shaw
Replacements: 16. Shaun Malton, 17. Ryan Bower, 18. Tom Price, 19. Tom Calladine, 20. Harrison Lee-Everton, 21. Rory Lynn, 22. Andy Forsyth
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. Ben Gulliver, 19. Don Barrell, 20. Darryl Veenendaal, 21. Jake Sharp, 22. Ollie Dodge