RFU Championship goes down to the wire

It looks like both semi-finals in the Championship are going to go down to the wire.

Leeds did really well to beat most people’s favourites for promotion, Newcastle on Monday – and that sets up a cracking second leg at Kingston Park.

We lost at Bedford last Saturday but there is only nine points in it and we will be at home at Meadow Lane on Friday for the second ‘half’, as it were.

I like to think that both games showed the Championship in a good light and I always thought that both games, and probably the final too, will be tight and tense affairs.

There has never been much in it between the top five or six teams in the league this season.

We got an injury time try from the forwards at Bedford and that could prove to be pretty important as a 16-point gap would not have looked so retrievable.

With nine points in it, it will be important that we do nothing more than plan to play the way we have done all season.

There’s no need to panic and start changing what we do. We have played well all year and that has enabled us to finish second in the table.

At Bedford, we just made too many mistakes that stopped us getting momentum. Cut those out and we can do well.

There is a good feeling in the camp too. We have not made the play-offs before and so this is new and exciting for lots of lads in the camp.

There is, however, plenty of experience in there and most of the boys in the squad have played in some big games. Friday night will certainly one of those.

We are also at home too and we really like playing at Meadow Lane.

We get great support there and that is shown not just in the results we have had there this season but in the style of rugby we have played too.

We have played well against the teams at the top of the table there this season and we have already beaten Bedford there this year.

It’s all set up for a big night and we can’t wait for Friday.

Nottingham are hoping to outscore Bedford in the second leg of their Championship semi-final


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