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Delaney focused on must-win match

Glenn Delaney
Delaney's side face a busy run-in to the season

Nottingham director of rugby Glenn Delaney says Wednesday's away fixture against Sedgley Park is a must-win game if they want to finish in the top four.

The Green and Whites were beaten by struggling Rotherham on Saturday and are fifth in National One, 15 points behind fourth-placed Doncaster Knights.

But they have two games in hand on the Knights and Delaney remains positive.

"If you want to be a top-four team, you have to win away and get bonus points and that's our only option," he said.

"It has been a tough few weeks and we were disappointed by the level of performance on Saturday, especially on the back of two great games at Meadow Lane.

One bad performance doesn't make us a poor team

Glenn Delaney

"It is tough playing three games in eight days but I know we are focused on the task ahead.

"One bad performance doesn't make us a poor team but we must work hard on the small details and play with confidence."

Nottingham have lost their last four games on the road and have not won in the league away from Meadow Lane since their 36-30 victory against London Welsh in November.

Delaney has decided to field a much-changed side to try to keep his squad fresh for the start of three games in eight days.

Joe Duffey will start at prop and will be joined in the front row by Alex Loney, at hooker, and Neil Fowkes.

Versatile Duffey's switch from hooker to prop will allow Matt Parr to take a much-needed rest on the bench and allow Loney to continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury earlier in the season.

Sam MacDonald and Ashley Elphinston also both take their place in the pack.

Behind the scrum Tim Taylor returns after injury and Alex Dodge moves to centre.

Nottingham University student Charlie Hayter makes his full debut on the wing, Andrew Savage returns at full-back and David Jackson moves to the wing.


Nottingham: Savage, Jackson, Tonks, Dodge, Hayter, Taylor, Usasz; Duffey, Loney, Fowkes, MacDonald, Rouse, Hammond, Elphinston, Montagu.
Reps: Parr, Youngs, Nimmo, Eggleshaw, Pilgrim, Thompson, Barnard.



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