Hungry Greens are gunning for big Melrose win
NOTTINGHAM will unleash the big guns in Friday's must-win British and Irish Cup match against Melrose.
The Green and Whites sit bottom of Pool 8 with a solitary point from two games, but have a chance of progressing to the next stage of the competition with four group games still to play.
As Nottingham ride high in the RFU Championship, sitting third after 11 games, head coach Martin Haag has hinted that the two-week hiatus from league action, to play both home and away Cup ties against Melrose, will not be allowed to disrupt momentum as his main men are made available for selection.
A turn-around in Cup fortunes is the target this week, with players going to all new lengths to ensure they are firing at their best by going skeet shooting at the Nottingham Gun Club yesterday.
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With the mud at The Mennaye in Penzance bogging Nottingham down on Sunday, hooker Joe Duffey said the Green and Whites are locked and loaded for a more explosive showing at Meadow Lane Stadium against the two-time-defending Scottish Premiership champions.
"It's good to let off a little bit of steam like this," said Duffey.
"This is a good chance to get some fresh air, freshen up and just escape rugby for a day. We'll head back to the rugby pitch and our concentration will he focused on this week's game.
"We have a point to prove after losing on Sunday. There are lot of angry boys that are going to be out there looking to put in a big effort. The aim is to correct that last mishap."
While some of Duffey's teammates appreciated the similarities between skeet shooting and rugby – with lock Nic Rouse noting the value that accuracy and execution counts in both sports – the New Zealander was simply happy to let his trigger finger make the big shots for a day.
"Blowing things up has been great fun," said Duffey.
"I'm not too sure about accuracy and execution because I lacked both day. I'm much better at video games than the real thing."