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Plymouth Albion v Rotherham Titans match report

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Rotherham Titans 30   Plymouth Albion 25

Saturday 20th September 2014

Match report by  Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency 

Although Plymouth Albion were beaten by high flying Rotherham Titans, they left Clifton Lane with their heads held high as well as the losing bonus point.

After disappointing defeats to Doncaster Knights and Nottingham, Albion produced a much better performance and very nearly came away with what would have been a superb win.

A couple of defensive lapses and some harsh decisions from the officials helped Rotherham over the finishing line.

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In the second half Albion were reduced to 13 by Premiership referee Tim Wigglesworth and it was the second card shown to replacement prop Tom Fidler that undid Albion.

Fidler was carded after Titans lock Perry Parker jumped onto his back at a line out before falling to the ground like an Italian footballer.

Albion head coach James Shanahan said, “That was a much better performance and I have told the boys that if we play like that we will a number of games this season.

“Saying that I was disappointed with the officials, particularly the assistant referees who wanted to get involved.

“A number of players had good games today. Lawrence Rayner is growing into the role, Marc Koteczky looked solid at full back, Sam Simmonds had a good debut and Ben Woods was outstanding.

“If we had had the losing bonus point taken away I would have been very disappointed.”

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Plymouth Albion made six changes to the side that disappointingly lost to Nottingham, handing league debuts to Australian fullback Marc Koteczky and dual registered flanker Sam Simmonds.

There were first league starts of the season for wing Jake Henry, scrum half Josh Davies, prop Tom Cowan-Dickie and lock Rhys Oakley.

Stagg started the game against a club he played for two seasons ago.

Rotherham made flying start and took the lead in the 3rd minute when right wing Michael Keating, running a good angle, cut through the Albion defence for a try by the uprights.

Fly half James McKinney added the conversion before Albion rocked the home crowd with a well worked try that was created by Simmonds and scored by Davies.

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The scrum half had time to run behind the uprights to make the conversion a formality for fly half Lawrence Rayner.

Rayner then put Albion ahead for the first time in the game with a well struck penalty from near half way after Titans were caught offside.

Rayner extended Albion’s lead with another penalty before the visitors gave away a fairly soft try.

A missed tackle on half way allowed Davies a clear run into the corner and McKinney put his side ahead for a second time with an excellent conversion.

Albion playing some very controlled rugby regained the advantage when Rayner made it a hat trick of penalties after Rotherham were once again pulled up for offside.

Rayner kept up his 100% kicking record with a 30 metre penalty before Rotherham went down to 14 in first half stoppage time when Davies was yellow carded for taking out a man at the kick off.

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As the previous week against Nottingham, Albion failed to score any points with the extra man, but shortly after Titans were restored to the full fifteen Rayner put his side two scores clear with another penalty.

Albion were then reduced to 14 when Stagg was yellow carded and things got worse for the visitors when Fidler followed him to the sin bin.

Following each card McKinney slotted the resultant penalties to reduce Albion’s advantage to just two points.

The visitors despite being two men down got three more points on the board when Rayner kicked his sixth penalty of the match.

After Davies got his try in the corner McKinney put Rotherham ahead for the third time in the match with another excellent touchline conversion.

McKinney then kicked his third penalty before Albion through everything at Rotherham as they searched for a match winning score.

McKinney’s miss deep in stoppage time gave Albion the consolation of the losing bonus point to take back to Devon.

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Rotherham Titans: L Hayes, M Keating, C Harris (J Gill 29), J Davies, C Wilson, J McKinney, D White (A Davies 40), R Hislop (T Williams 71), T Cruse (T Barrett 78), M Tampin (L Thiede 52), P Parker (B Morris 64), T Holmes capt, A Reider, J Preece, W Ryan (A Birch 49)

Tries: Keating, Davies 2

Cons: McKinney 3

Pens: McKinney 3

Yellow card: Davies

Plymouth Albion: M Koteczky, J Henry, T Howley-Berridge, B Woods, L Warner, L Rayner, J Davies (J Williams 72), T Cowan-Dickie (T Fidler 43), T Stagg, A Tiedemann (T Heard 72), T Jubb, R Oakley (B Beukeboom 57), R Langley (E Grace 52), S Simmonds, I Grieve capt replacement not used C Foley

Tries: Davies

Cons: Rayner

Pens: Rayner 6

Yellow card: Stagg, Fidler

Attendance: 1,345

Plymouth Albion give debuts to two players at Rotherham

Sam Simmonds

Plymouth Albion have made six changes for their trip to Rotherham Titans (Saturday kick off 3pm) and hand debuts to Marc Koteczky and Sam Simmonds.

Australian Koteczky, who arrived in the country this week, makes his Albion debut at full back.

Outside the scrum wing Jake Henry makes his first start for Albion while Josh Davies comes in at scrum half, replacing player coach Ruairi Cushion.

Up front Tom Cowan-Dickie plays at loose head and is another making his first league start of the season.

Welsh international Rhys Oakley has recovered from injury and plays at lock, with Brett Beukeboom dropping down to the bench.

Flanker Sam Simmonds, who is dual registered with Exeter Chiefs, makes his Albion debut coming in for Eoghan Grace who is named as a replacement.

One Albion player particularly looking forward to the match is hooker Ted Stagg, a former Titans man.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Marc Koteczky, 14 Jake Henry, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 12 Ben Woods, 11 Lewis Warner, 10 Lawrence Rayner, 9 Josh Davies, 1 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Andy Tiedemann, 4 Tom Jubb, 5 Rhys Oakley, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Sam Simmonds, 8 Iain Grieve capt replacements 16 Sam Matavesi, 17 Tom Heard, 18 Brett Beukeboom, 19 Tom Fidler, 20 Eoghan Grace, 21 Jimmy Williams, 22 Charlie Foley

Albion Ladies ready to kick off a new season

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Albion Ladies are all set to start a new season with their first fixture at home against Wasps II this weekend. Albion Ladies were runners-up in the Championship South West 2 league last season, but can they do one better this year?

There will be no easing into the league as Albion take on fierce opponents Wasps II for their season opener where both sides will have scores to settle from last season. When they met last year in Plymouth, Wasps lost their lead when Albion snuck a 17-15 win with a try in the dying minute. Away to Wasps however, an Albion side struggling with injury lost 32-17.

Albion Ladies will have a boost for the first game following their appointment of a new Head Coach – Martyn Ruskin. Martyn is currently serving as a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and has played at various levels including the Royal Navy U23′s. His former coaching roles include HMS Scott and HMS Drake and most recently with local Plymouth side DHSOB RFC.

The aim for the side this season will be not only to continue to play at a competitive level in their current league, but also to develop the squad as a whole. After the England Women’s triumph at the World Cup this year, Women’s Rugby has never had such a high profile and the club is hoping that new players will be encouraged to take up the sport.

Albion Ladies will kick off against Wasps II on Sunday 21st September at 2pm at Plymouth Albion Brickfields. Entry is free and the clubhouse will be open. For more information, follow us on twitter @AlbionLadies or find us on facebook.

For further information, quotes or photography please contact the following:

Alison Cooper – Captain 07771765778 alison.cooper@plymouth.gov.uk

Martyn Ruskin – Head Coach 07545177653

Vacancy: 2nd Chef/Sous Chef

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Plymouth Albion Rugby Club , one of the top 20 teams in England, is looking for a full time 2nd Chef/ Sous Chef to join our fun and friendly team.

About Plymouth Albion

We cater for all types of functions including weddings, conferences, week day luncheons and of course rugby match days.  Every day is different and there is nothing we won’t cater for so flexibility is key to this role.   Our menus vary from day to day depending on our customers requirements.

The Job

Reporting to The Head Chef you will be assisting in prep work & cooking function menus.  You will be required to cover holidays for the Head Chef and other kitchen team members.  You will be expected to comply with health and safety standards set and also assist with weekly cleaning & monthly stock takes.  The hours of work are 40 per week on a rota basis.  Also offered with this role is 20 days paid holiday per year, discounted staff meals & training.

Minimum Requirements

  • NVQ Level 3 in Catering preferable
  • The ability to work under pressure whilst maintaining attention to detail
  • Able to demonstrate experience in a kitchen environment.
  • Complete flexibility regarding shift patterns
  • Food hygiene certificate

Competitive salary c  £15 – 18k depending on experience

To apply please send your CV to

James Coulton
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Plymouth Albion RFC
25 Damerel Close
Plymouth
PL1 4JZ

Or email jamescoulton@plymouthalbion.com

All smiles for Albion

Albion Dental picture

Twenty-five team members from Plymouth Albion RFC are to benefit from protected smiles, thanks to the Devonport Dental Education Facility (DEF), Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and run by the Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise.

The DEF team has provided advice to team members, and created and fitted tailored mouth guards for each player.

Albion team members visited the Devonport DEF in Devonport, next door to the Plymouth Albion ground, for an initial dental assessment and to have impressions made of their teeth so that the mouth guards can be made. The players will return to Devonport when the mouth guards arrive to have them fitted and to receive advice about how best to use them.

Aussie back Marc Koteczky joins Plymouth Albion

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Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan added to his options outside the scrum by adding Australian utility back Marc Koteczky to his squad.

24 year old Koteczky joins Albion from Sydney based club Randwick and he has experience of European rugby after a spell playing for Reggio in Italy.

Shanahan said, “At present we only have two fit centres, one fit fly half and no fit full back so Marc’s arrival is very timely.

“After we had to release one of the centres we signed from his contract we needed another back and Marc fits the bill because he can play 10, 12 or 15.”

Shanahan added, “I contacted an agent I know well and he recommended Marc. I looked at some footage of him and was impressed by what I saw.

“If we can sort out all the required paperwork, Marc will be involved in the squad for this weekends game at Rotherham Titans.”

Winning 50/50 tickets

Greene King Rugby Balls

Please see below the winning 50/50 tickets from Saturday’s game.

  • 1st Prize Ticket 1370 (£150)
  • 2nd Prize Ticket 1179 (£100)
  • 3rd Prize Ticket 1318 (2 tickets to Plymouth Comedy Club 17 Oct 14)

Call us to claim if you’re a prize winner.

Plymouth Albion v Nottingham match report

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Plymouth Albion 17 Nottingham 24

Saturday 13th September 2014

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

Plymouth Albion’s disappointing start to the season continued when they were beaten by a Nottingham side who thoroughly deserved their four try to two victory at Brickfields.

After the opening day defeat at Doncaster, Albion were hoping to get their season up and running against a Nottingham side which struggled last season.

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Nottingham look a different side this season and after beating Bedford Blues on day one, made it two from two against Albion.

Albion were disappointed with their performance, particularly after racing into a 10-0 lead inside the first ten minutes.

Nottingham made far fewer errors from Albion and unlike the home side they took full advantage when they played 10 minutes with an extra man.

In the first half Albion failed to add to their points tally when Nottingham went down to 14 while when the boot was on the other foot the visitors scored 12 points.

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A reflective Albion head coach James Shanahan said, “We made a great start but then started to give away some silly penalties.

“Our yellow card allowed Nottingham back into the game and the two tries we conceded while a man down killed us.

“However you do have to give credit to Nottingham who defended very well.

“We made some line breaks but then tried to force things and we also made far too many unforced errors, something we have to reduce.

“On a positive note our line out was good as was the scrum and we did get a losing bonus point.”

Albion made six changes, two of them positional, from the team that was beaten at Doncaster on the opening day of the season.

A week after celebrating his 21st birthday Ben Foley made his league debut for Albion with Lawrence Rayner switching to fly half.

There were first league starts of the season for scrum half Ruairi Cushion, flanker Rob Langley and lock Tom Jubb.

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Skipper Iain Grieve moved across to No 8 t while lock Tom Hicks who joined Albion this week was named on the bench.

Nottingham’s former Albion players Dan Mugford and Jon Vickers missed returns to Brickfields through injury.

Albion made a flying start and opened the scoring in the third minute.

Cushion put out a long flat pass that was taken by centre Ben Woods who broke the defence and touched down by the uprights making the conversion a formality for Rayner.

The Albion scrum shunted Nottingham back in the first two scrums and it came as no surprise when they stretched their lead.

Nottingham were penalised for not rolling away and from a difficult angle Rayner took Albion into double figures with a well struck penalty.

The visitors gradually worked their way back into the game and opened their account when prop Campese Ma’afu powered over from a line out, with fly half Will Maisey adding the conversion.

Midway through the first half Nottingham went down to 14 when lock Toby Freeman was yellow carded for taking out Rayner.

Albion then went down to 14 when Jubb was carded for a professional foul and while he was off the field Nottingham took full advantage.

Nottingham took the lead when prop Michael Holford finished off a catch and drive move with Maisey adding the extras.

The visitors then added a third try scored by wing Vili Iongi after a good break by centre Joe Munro.

Maisey missed the conversion, which sent the visitors into the interval leading 19-10.

Albion made a number of changes early in the second half, which appeared to lift them.

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Against the run of play, Nottingham feeding off an Albion mistake scored their bonus point try when wing Ryan Hough broke the tackle of Langley before scoring in the clubhouse corner.

In the 68th minute Albion gave themselves some hope when, after a period of pressure, they scored their second try.

After the forwards were held up a number of times the ball was released to Rayner who went through a broken defence for a try he also converted.

Rayner was then wide with a penalty from half way and hard as Albion tried they couldn’t break down the visitors defence and ended with the consolation of a losing bonus point.

Plymouth Albion: B Foley (J Henry 40), P Homan, T Howley-Berridge, B Woods, L Warner, L Rayner, R Cushion (J Davies 58), T Fidler (D Pullinger 58), T Stagg (T Cowan-Dickie 62), A Tiedemann (T Heard 71), T Jubb (T Hicks 58), B Beukeboom, R Langley, E Grace (S Matavesi 64), I Grieve capt

Tries: Woods, Rayner

Cons: Rayner 2

Pens: Rayner

Yellow card: Jubb

Nottingham: B Robinson, V Iongi, E Styles, J Munro, R Hough, W Maisey (L Grimoldby 71), S Romans, C Ma’afu, S Malton, M Holford (C Carey 71), T Freeman, D Montague, T Calladine (R Cooper 75), B Wilson capt, P Grant replacements not used B Brownlie, M Everard, A Smit, L O’Neill

Tries: Ma’afu, Holford, Iongi, Hough

Cons: Maisey 2

Yellow card: Freeman

Attendance: 1,232

Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)