Nottingham Rugby: We cannot ease off after huge win, says Romans
SEAN Romans believes the star performance and victory against promotion rivals Bedford Blues proves Nottingham Rugby are hungry for success and leaving nothing to chance.
The Green and Whites won 25-17 on Sunday to move clear in second place in the Championship, with Bedford third, while Newcastle Falcons top the table.
With the play-offs the big goal, scrum-half Romans knew it was a huge result for not only their league position, but belief in the camp too.
"It is great to think about, but as a player and in reality we think of the next game," he said, as they prepare to take on Llandovery at Meadow Lane on Sunday in their re-arranged, must-win final British & Irish Cup pool game.
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"There are so many teams that can trip us up. The reason we have gone so well is that we are not taking these teams lightly.
"There is so much rugby to be played and months still to go before anything is set in stone.
"(Coach) Martin Haag is keeping us honest. The team talk after that game was on things we could have done better.
"We are not a team that can afford to ease off because as soon as we do, as soon as we get a bit happy with ourselves, we will lose our edge.
"We are playing with an edge because we are hungry and because we are not taking things for granted."
Joe Duffey starred on his return and Romans says that proves how good the work ethic and spirit is within the squad of high-flying Nottingham.
The hooker was back after a six-week ban for striking to play a leading role in the clash with Bedford.
And Romans said: "It is no secret around the club just how much class he has. He has been itching to get back in – it is never much fun watching in the stands.
"He has been working hard behind the scenes and what you saw is a result of him keeping up his work and the result of the squad working hard.
"There are 15 who start and 22 might play on the day, but anyone in the playing squad could play at any given moment.
"When guys come in and make an impact like that, it is great for them individually but also a great reflection of the work the squad is doing."
Romans scored his first try for Nottingham in last Sunday's victory at Meadow Lane, which was shown live on Sky Sports.
He said: "I'm stoked. I've never been a huge try scorer anyway; they have always been bonuses for me.
"I was starting to wonder when I would get one over here.
"It was a pretty last-minute decision – when I got my hands on the ball I had a quick look to see what my options were.
"As normal, my thought process was to look for the pass, but then I realised the line was just there so I just fell over it."
But Romans felt the forwards display was what set them up for that crucial victory, adding: "That first half was the best 40 minutes from them this season.
"It was certainly the quickest ball I've had from them and didn't have to worry about it. They got us off on the right foot and kept it up for the full 80."