Rugby: Rookie Greens Ryan Bower and Joe Quinn given special praise
RUPERT Cooper has praised the performances of Nottingham Rugby's relatively inexperienced forwards Ryan Bower (prop) and Joe Quinn (lock).
The pair helped the Greens to a dramatic 30-22 bonus-point win against Plymouth at Meadow Lane on Sunday.
And team-mate Cooper said: "Bowzer and Quinny always put 100 per cent in. It is the mentality that we have in the forwards that you have to be ready for your chance, and those boys put their hands up.
"Their physicality was superb and they helped us go forward.
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"Superficially it may not look like we have a massive squad but the individuals that are waiting in the wings are more than capable of coming in to do a job.
"The mentality and culture that we have in the club is that if you are given that opportunity you take it and put pressure on keeping that spot."
Nobody did that more than Ryan Hough, who scored a memorable hat-trick after a late call-up for the injured Andrew Savage at the weekend.
Cooper added: "He's done it before – at Melrose he was a travelling reserve and ended up getting a start and had a fantastic game there. He is used to coming in late and he came in and scored three very good tries. His hand has definitely gone up for selection this weekend."
Meanwhile, Hough says he will think less and do more after his heroics on Sunday.
The Mansfield born and raised winger has let the big occasions in his career get the better of him in the past.
But there was no such problem when he has been plucked out of nowhere and rushed into Martin Haag's set-up.
He said: "Against Leeds I worked myself a bit too much before the game and since then I've relaxed, it is just a game of rugby and I've gone out there to enjoy it. That is exactly what I've done.
"I hope (the hat-trick) means more games for Nottingham and hopefully I put a marker down out there. I just want to keep working hard in training in the lead up to Bristol on Friday and see how it goes in the next game."