Lethal Nottingham Rugby trio backed to bounce back
TIM Streather has backed Nottingham's lethal trio of David Jackson, Rhys Crane and Alex Lewington to bounce-back from their frustration against Bedford on Sunday.
All three were typically menacing in attack and all three managed to touch down, but each time their try celebrations were silenced by the video referee.
After Streather ignited proceedings with a try on 19 minutes David Jackson thought he notched up try 101 for the club, breaking through the Blues' defence to power over from close range.
On the video replay, however, it showed the Green and Whites' most prolific try scorer had lost the ball in his wriggling attempt to plant it.
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Winger Lewington was next to be denied when replays showed that he just stepped into touch as he raced free down the right flank.
Crane had a second-half try, and what would have been a bonus-point effort, waved away after failing to ground the ball having done all the hard work to palm and skip his way through a line of desperate Blues defenders.
Nottingham may have been lassoed by technology, but as the leading try-scoring side in the Championship, Streather said they will not be slowed down for long.
The Green and Whites have landed 50 tries, four more than league leaders Newcastle.
"Those boys have been deadly all year; all three have come up with plenty of tries," Streather said.
"I might have got a try that stuck, but there is no tips coming from me – they are the try-machines here.
"I couldn't believe all three were called back.
"Lewington put the hammer down and maybe he is too quick for his own good.
"I think he might have been thinking ahead to his celebration a little.
"Crano was class to even get near the try-line in the second half. He bumped the lad off to create something out of nothing, so he gets nothing but praise from me."
Where the normally reliable failed, a new try-scorer emerged in the form of New Zealand scrum-half Sean Romans.
The 27-year-old darted in from close range after captain Brent Wilson, the club's leading try scorer this season, was pulled up just short of the line.
Streather was one of the first to congratulate Romans after being the one to constantly remind him of his try-scoring duck.
"It was great to see him get over for the first time since landing in England last season," Streather said.
"He deserves a few headlines for that great little try."
For all the drama at the try-line, there was no faulting the golden boot of James Arlidge as the competition's leading kicker with 160 points broke through the 700-point mark for the club.
The Japan international slotted two early penalties and added two conversions to give Nottingham an 18-0 half-time lead and take his career total to 707 points.
Nottingham Rugby's British and Irish Cup match against Llandovery, which was set for this Sunday, has had to be rescheduled following discussions with the organising committee.
The match will now take place on Sunday February 24 at Meadow Lane with the kick-off time scheduled for 2.15pm.