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Plymouth Albion v Carmarthen Quins

Albion v Carmarthen Quins

Carmarthen Quins 29   Plymouth Albion 16

Saturday 18th October 2014

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Midway through the second half at the impressive Parc Y Scarlets Stadium Plymouth Albion led the match 16-9 and looked on course to register that elusive first win of the season.

Albion fly half Lawrence Rayner who had kicked four from four then missed a penalty that would have put his side two scores clear.

That was as good as it got for Albion who then conceded three tries and 17 unanswered points to go down to yet another disappointing defeat.

Most of Albion’s problems came up front where the home eight shunted them all over the park in the set scrum and as a consequence were awarded penalty after penalty.

Albion head coach James Shanahan said, “It’s now going to be difficult to get out of this group but we do have four games still to play.

“We were well in it deep in the second half but three bad mistakes by our half backs led to Quins scoring three tries.

“Today was another part of our learning curve as we build towards the next league game.

“If we can beat Jersey next week in the cup match we would be able to go over there with a bit of confidence.”

Albion made six changes to the side beaten by holders Leinster A last weekend.

Pete Homan returned to the side on the wing with Lewis Warner moving into the centre.

Hooker Sam Matavesi came into the side to make his 50th appearance for the club.

Prop Tom Heard, lock Tom Jubb and flanker Eoghan Grace who all come on as replacements against Leinster were all handed starts.

Ali Bone came in at No 8 while Herbie Stupple who has been out for 9 months with an ankle injury was named on the bench.

Albion were only playing Carmarthen Quins in name as most of the Welsh side was made up of Scarlets academy players.

Quins made an impressive start to the game putting the Albion scrum under pressure and it came as no surprise when they took the lead.

When the Albion backs were caught offside, almost in front of their own posts, Quins fly half Josh Lewis put over the resultant penalty.

After Lewis missed a long range penalty Albion got themselves level when fly half Lawrence Rayner slotted a 40 metre penalty when Quins were penalised for not rolling away.

Quins quickly regained the lead when Albion were penalised at a scrum and Lewis put over an excellent penalty from the touchline.

Lewis was then yellow carded for a tip tackle on Henry and despite being down to 14 Quins added to their total when full back Steffan Jones taking over the kicking duties added another penalty.

Just before Lewis returned to the field Albion scored the opening try of the afternoon.

After kicking for the corner Albion recycled the ball and an overhead pass from Rayner saw Henry cross before he ran towards the uprights.

Rayner added the conversion, which sent Albion into the interval leading 10-9.

Rayner opened the second half scoring with a well struck penalty given for not rolling away and then quickly added another three pointer which put Albion seven points clear.

After both sides made a number of replacements Quins got three points back when replacement fly half Dan Jones kicked a 40 metre penalty.

Quins regained the lead when replacement No 8 Shaun Jones scored an unconverted try.

Albion then fell further behind when Shaun Jones added another try this time finishing off a catch and drive move.

Deep in injury time Quins rubbed salt into Albion’s wounds when flanker Will Boyde pounced on a loose ball and crossed unopposed for a try that Dan Jones converted.

Carmarthen Quins: S Evans, A Warren, S Hughes (I Evans 56), R Williams, L Williams (C Banfield 72), J Lewis (D Jones 56), K Hardy, R Thomas (G Robinson 72), D Harris (D Myhill 58), P Edwards B Leung 76), L Rawlins, R Kelly capt, P Day, W Boyde, R McCuster (S Jones 40)

Tries: S Jones 2, Boyde

Con: D Jones

Pens: Lewis 2, Evans, D Jones

Yellow card: Lewis

Plymouth Albion: M Koteczky, E Clements-Hill (P Homan 69), L Warner, T Howley-Berridge, J Henry, L Rayner, J Davies (C Setter 71), L Chapman (J Gibbons 40), S Matavesi (T Stagg 53), T Heard (D Pullinger 53), T Jubb (T Hicks 61), B Beukeboom capt, R Langley, E Grace (H Stupple 58), A Bone

Try: Henry

Con: Rayner

Pens: Rayner 3

Attendance: 280

Referee: Jamie Leahy (RFU)


Plymouth Albion make six changes for their B & I Cup visit to Wales

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For their second match in this seasons British & Irish Cup, which is away to Carmarthen Quins (Saturday kick off 2.30pm), Plymouth Albion have made six changes to the side beaten by holders Leinster A last weekend.

The only change in the backs sees Jake Henry come onto the wing for Lewis Warner who moves into the centre.

In the front row Fijian international Sam Matavesi makes his first start of the season for what will be his 50th appearance for the club.

Prop Tom Heard, lock Tom Jubb, and flanker Eoghan Grace, who all came on as replacements last week, are handed starting spots.

The final change sees Ali Bone selected at No 8 replacing Welsh international Rhys Oakley.

Canadian international Brett Beukeboom will captain Albion for the first time.

On the replacement bench there is a welcome return for Herbie Stupple who has been out for nine months with an ankle injury.

The match against Carmarthen Quins has been switched to Parc Y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Marc Koteczky, 14 Elliot Clements-Hill, 13 Lewis Warner, 12 Toby Howley-Berridge, 11 Jake Henry, 10 Lawrence Rayner, 9 Josh Davies, 1 Luke Chapman, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Tom Heard, 4 Tom Jubb, 5 Brett Beukeboom capt, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Ali Bone replacements 16 Ted Stagg, 17 Dan Pullinger, 18 James Gibbons, 19 Herbie Stupple, 20 Cameron Setter, 21 Pete Homan, 22 Tom Hicks

Join us for Albion v Jersey 25th October, lots happening!

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Our next home game is on Saturday 25th October Plymouth Albion v Jersey, KO 3pm at Brickfields.

We have lots happening at the ground during the afternoon including:

  • Plymstock Albion Oaks will be sending another age group, Under 11s for pre-match and half time coaching
  • Live music after the game from 2Tonic
  • £1 off Carling, Doombar and Guinness from 1pm-2pm
  • ‘Curry & a pint’ £5 from 1pm-2pm
  • After match coach & player interviews

We have spaces available for our ‘Match Day Experience’
The price per person is £60 and includes: A ticket to the ground (except current ticket holders), a match day programme, three course hot buffet meal with cheese board in the Midas Marquee with seats at a reserved table. For bookings both corporate and for individuals, please e-mail

To book tickets for the match click here

Albion Ladies come away with a 14 try victory


Albion Ladies pulled off a cracking home win at the Brickfields this Sunday running out 82-7 winners against Swindon Supermarines. After a narrow loss to Wasps and a good win away to Reading, Albion were looking to stamp their mark on the league. They did so in fine style; the largest winning margin in their league to date.

Only a few minutes into the game and a kick through the Supermarines back line was chased down resulting in a score for winger Kezia Lee. Not long later, Robynne Fenwick making her debut at fullback went over the line. Albion executed their kicking game to plan and the side showed they were growing as a team as their off-load game at times was seemless.  Fenwick and Lee went over once again each along with No 8 Terri Cormack who scored 2, Captain Alison Cooper at 6 scoring a hat trick, Centre Charlie Notman scoring 2 and Centre Anna Clooke another. Replacement full back Bronwyn Jacobs on her Albion debut ran half the pitch to touch down before winger Megan Higgins executed a lovely chip and chase to score. Caitlin Short at 10 and Robynne Fenwick kicked  6 conversions between them.

Albion now sit third in the table but with a game in hand.  New Head Coach Martyn Ruskin said of the game: “A good result today which was made better with such an efficient performance.  We played a different game style today which was new to us but we took to it well and used it very effectively. Next week to Roslyn Park and another big performance is needed.” Albion are away next weekend but will return to Brickfields on November 2nd to take on Bath.

Plymouth Albion v Leinster A match report

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Plymouth Albion 24    Leinster A 31

Saturday 11th October 2014

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

Plymouth Albion couldn’t have asked for a harder start to their British & Irish Cup campaign and although they were beaten by holders Leinster A they finished the game with many positives to take into the next run of matches.

Albion playing a different style of rugby after the mauling they received at London Scottish outscored Leinster A by four tries to three and showed real character late in the game.

Going into stoppage time 31-10 down, the game was up for Albion but they sprung into life scoring two tries and two conversions, which secured them two bonus points.

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With the three best runners up from the five pools going forward to the quarter finals this season those two bonus points could well turn out to be very important.

Albion skipper Iain Grieve reflecting on the game said, “Although it was still a loss there was a lot we can to take from the game.

“To score four tries against the holders was particularly pleasing and to score two tries at the end says a lot about this team.

“We now have two more cup games to build on this performance before we take on Jersey in the league early next month.”

Following the heavy defeat at London Scottish, Albion handed a debut to 19 year old prop Luke Chapman, who came in for Tom Fidler.

In the back row Rob Langley replaced Eoghan Grace who dropped to the bench.

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Having recovered from a knee injury Lewis Warner reclaimed his place on the wing.

Albion welcomed back scrum half Cameron Setter, who was named as a replacement, having recovered from a shoulder operation.

Albion looked nervous in the early minutes and had an early chance to take the lead when the visitors were penalised for offside.

Fly half Lawrence Rayner, who had slotted his last 17 kicks at goal, saw his penalty kick rebound off an upright and Leinster cleared the danger.

Leinster took the lead when fly half Ross Byrne put over 40 metre after Albion were pulled up for not rolling away.

Albion took the lead with an excellent try that was created by impressive full back Marc Koteczky and finished off in the corner by  Warner.

Rayner was unable to add the extras and on the half hour Leinster regained the lead when right wing Sam Coughlan-Murray scored a breakaway try sprinting in from half way.

Byrne missed the conversion, which Albion replied to with another well worked try.

After declining a kick at goal Albion tried a series of drives before a long miss pass from Rayner put right wing Elliot Clements-Hill over in the corner.

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Rayner missed the conversion from wide out, which left Albion leading 10-8 at the interval.

Rayner missed a penalty at the start of the second half and when the home side were penalised for handling on the floor Byrne put Leinster ahead for the third time in the game with the resultant penalty from the 22.

Visiting flanker Ben Marshall stretched Leinster’s lead to two scores with a try to which Byrne added the extras.

Byrne then added two further penalties for a totally dominant Leinster side who sealed victory with a third try.

Replacement Tom Farrell cut through the home defence and fed impressive full back Cian Kelleher who scored under the points making the conversion a formality for Byrne.

With the game all over Albion could have downed tools but they showed real character to some back and score two tries in stoppage time.

A good forward drive resulted in a penalty try being awarded by referee Proctor before the final move of the match produced the try scoring bonus point.

Centre Toby Howley-Berridge showed good strength to touch down wide out and Rayner added a good conversion for the losing bonus point.

Plymouth Albion: M Koteczky, E Clements-Hill, B Woods (J Henry 39-40)), T Howley-Berridge, L Warner, L Rayner, J Davies (C Setter 80), L Chapman (J Gibbons 51), T Cowan-Dickie (S Matavesi 40), A Tiedemann (T Heard 61), N Patrick (E Grace 36-39 and 40), B Beukeboom, I Grieve capt, R Langley, R Oakley (T Jubb 69)

Tries: Warner, Clements-Hill, Penalty try, Howley-Berridge

Cons: Rayner 2

Leinster A: C Kelleher, S Coughlan-Murray, R O’Loughlan, S Crosbie (T Farrell 72), A Byrne (W Dardis 65), R Byrne, N McCarthy (A Griggs 70), B McGovern (I Soroka 47), S McCarthy (J Tracy 62), O Heffernan, T Denton capt, G Thornbury, B Marshall, P Timmins (J Murphy 47), J Coughlan (T Molony 78)

Tries: Coughlan-Murray, Marshall, Kelleher

Cons:             R Byrne 2

Pens: R Byrne 4

Attendance: 1,047

Referee: David Proctor (RFU)

Plymouth Albion name a strong team for the cup clash with Leinster A

Team huddle black tops

Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan has named a near full strength squad for the opening British & Irish Cup match which is against Leinster A at Brickfields (Saturday kick off 3pm).

19 year old Plymouth born prop Luke Chapman will make his debut for the club replacing Tom Fidler.

Rob Langley, who came on as a replacement in Albion’s match at London Scottish last weekend, regains the number 7 shirt with Eoghan Grace moving to the bench.

In the backs winger Lewis Warner returns to the starting line up having recovered from a knee injury.

Outside the scrum there are three positional changes.

Elliot Clements-Hill moves from full back to wing with Ben Woods switching from wing to centre.

To accommodate Woods, Australian Marc Koteczky reverts back to full back.

Albion know they have a big task on their hands as Leinster A have won the British & Irish Cup for the last two seasons.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Marc Koteczky, 14 Elliot Clements-Hill, 13 Ben Woods, 12 Toby Howley-Berridge, 11 Lewis Warner, 10 Lawrence Rayner, 9 Josh Davies, 1 Luke Chapman, 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 3 Andy Tiedemann, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Iain Grieve capt 7 Rob Langley, 8 Rhys Oakley replacements 16 Sam Matavesi, 17 Tom Heard, 18 Tom Jubb, 19 James Gibbons, 20, Eoghan Grace, 21 Cameron Setter, 22 Jake Henry

Join us for Albion v Leinster Rugby 11th October, lots happening!

Team huddle

Our next home game is on Saturday 11th October Plymouth Albion v Leinster Rugby, KO 3pm at Brickfields.

We have lots happening at the ground during the afternoon including:

  • Plymstock Albion Oaks will be sending another age group, under 12′s  for pre-match and half time coaching
  • Nandos will be with us for the day giving out free vouchers to supporters & bringing their mascot! (See info below)
  • Live music after the game from Black Jack Davey
  • £1 off Carling, Doombar and Guinness from 1pm-2pm
  • ‘Curry & a pint’ £5 from 1pm-2pm
  • After match coach & player interviews

We have spaces available for our ‘Match Day Experience’
The price per person is £60 and includes: A ticket to the ground (except current ticket holders), a match day programme, three course hot buffet meal with cheese board in the Midas Marquee with seats at a reserved table. For bookings both corporate and for individuals, please e-mail

To book tickets for the match click here

Nandos take over

Men’s Health Evening at Albion

Nuffield Men's Health

Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital is holding a FREE Men’s Health Evening, where expert consultant surgeons will be talking about issues that relate to Men’s Health.

Joining us on the evening will be players from Plymouth Albion and Plymouth Raiders Basketball Team. There will be free refreshments provided on arrival at 6.45pm.

Places are limited, to book contact: 0845 503 4346

To download the flyer for Nuffield Mens Health

Declan Cusack has recently been treated by Nuffield Health Hospital and commented:

“From the moment I walked into the Nuffield Hospital I was put at ease. The staff were extremely helpful and professional. Instantly my mind was put at ease. The doctors and nurses post op made it very clear what to do over the next few days. This has no doubt been a massive influence on my rehabilitation. As you can imagine for a rugby player to have surgery is not ideal but the care shown by the people at the Nuffield has given me full confidence in my shoulder upon return to play. It is great to have Nuffield Health as our official health provider” (Declan Cusack)