Nottingham Rugby’s Championship Cup hopes hang in the balance after they lost 27-22 against Yorkshire Carnegie at The Bay Sunday afternoon.
Tries from Luke Peters, Jordan Coghlan and Callum Sirker were not enough for the Green and Whites to secure the win they needed with the visitors running in four tries.
Nottingham made the perfect start on two minutes when Luke Peters burst through the Yorkshire Carnegie defence to cross the whitewash. Shane O’Leary added the extras to give the home side an early 7-0 lead.
Yorkshire replied well however, and they put three puts on the board through Jacob Umaga’s penalty. The away side was in the ascendancy after the kick and upped the intensity, as Peter Lucock went over in the corner for a converted score to give them a 10-7 lead.
But the Green and Whites scored an excellent try of their own when this time Jordan Coghlan burst through the defence before a delightful step set him free to dive over, as O’Leary added the extras to put them back into a 14-10 lead.
Ten minutes later Yorkshire had their second try of the contest. An effective driving maul saw Joseph Buckle dot down off the back for a converted score, making it 17-14 to the visitors.
Penalties were costing the home side and Yorkshire made that count five minutes before half-time when some patient play saw Elijah Elia Niko dive over in the corner, followed by an impressive conversion from Umaga again. 14-24 to the away side.
O’Leary added three more from the boot in the final action of the half after Nottingham were awarded a penalty to make it 24-17 at the break.
Yorkshire extended their lead by three points after the break when Umaga kicked three points to make it 27-14, leaving the Green and Whites with it all to do for the remainder of the second half.
But with just over 20 minutes remaining the Green and Whites were back in the contest after some patient attacking play. A long pass was claimed by Callum Sirker who ran through to dive over. O’Leary edged the conversion wide to leave the score at 22-27.
Ten minutes remained at The Bay and Nottingham continued to battle. O’Leary had a great chance to claw back another three points with a penalty-kick in front of the posts, but the fly-half dragged it wide.
The away side continued to manage the game well and saw out the win to set up an important match with Doncaster next weekend.