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Albion Ladies bring home a bonus point

Albion vs Reading 28.9.2014

Having lost narrowly to Wasps at home in their first game of the season, Albion Ladies were looking to make amends away to Reading this week. Old rivals, Reading have never beaten Albion but have always been tough opponents nevertheless.

Albion got off to a good start, overpowering the Reading forwards and maintaining possession for the first fifteen, drawing first blood with a try from Charlie Notman at 12. A break away run from Reading, however, saw Albion’s scrambled defence give away a penalty in front of the posts for Reading to kick and draw closer at 5-3. For the remainder of the second half, Albion retained most of the possession with some good ball from the set plays. Caitlin Short at 10 kicked a penalty to push Albion further in front before Notman again crossed the line from a well worked move in the backs.

In the second half, Albion pressed home the advantage after a beautiful chip and chase from centre replacement Anna Clooke which secured Albion’s third try. After a sustained period in Reading’s 22 and a try attempt held up, Reading’s defence finally gave in again with a searing run from centre Bethan Ayling to secure the try-scoring bonus point. Despite the 27-3 lead by this stage in the game, Reading kept the competition fierce, slotting away a penalty kick and capitalising on an Albion mistake to take advantage of a loose ball and score in the corner.

Sam Alderson for Albion moved from full back to the 10 slot and piled the pressure once again on Reading with her kicking game. A perfectly timed kick from the Albion 22 fell straight into the hands of winger Megan Higgins who beat the rest of the field to touch down. Disappointingly, Albion’s defence was once again tested before the final whistle as Reading pushed over the line to score their second try in the final play of the game. The match finished 32-16 to Albion.

The Ladies now have a weekend off before their next home game against Supermarines which will kick off at Albion Brickfields on Sunday October 12th at 2.30pm.

Championship XV vs Canada

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Worcester Warriors’ are hosting this years match between a Championship XV representative side and Canada. The game is set to be an exciting one, showcasing new talent whilst providing a unique international experience for players and spectators.

The game will take place on Sunday 2 November at 3.15 pm, to buy tickets click here.

 

 

 

England Under 20’s returning to Brickfields

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Plymouth Albion RFC today received official confirmation from the Rugby Football Union that England Under 20’s will be playing their first home game in this seasons Six Nations Championship at Brickfields.

England Under 20’s, who are the current world champions, will play Italy on Friday 13 February with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.

Plymouth Albion club chairman Dr Graham Stirling said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected, through a competitive bidding process, to once again host England Under 20’s.

“We know the success of the England Under 20’s match against Scotland, which we were privileged to stage in February 2013, was a major factor in being awarded this game.

“It will be fantastic for all rugby followers in the region to get an early taste of international rugby as we build for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”

Full ticketing information will shortly be posted on the Plymouth Albion website www.plymouthalbion.com.

In the meantime tickets can be purchased through the Albion ticket office 01752 565064.

When England Under 20’s last played at Brickfields two years ago they beat Scotland 15-6 and went on to win the Six Nations title.

Plymouth Albion v Bedford Blues match report

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Plymouth Albion 22   Bedford Blues 31

Saturday 27th September 2014

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

What has happened to fortress Brickfields? Last season Albion won just two of their eleven home league games and things were no better against Bedford Blues.

Both teams who were without a league win looked nervous in the first half but in the end Bedford ran out convincing victors running in four tries to Albion’s one.

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Albion’s performance against Bedford was very poor and visiting head coach Mike Rayer admitted his side had also played poorly.

Albion run of league defeats now stands at eleven games and unless things improve sooner rather than later they will be facing a scrap at the wrong end of the table for the rest of the season.

Reflecting on the performance Shanahan said, “I’m hugely disappointed. We trained really well in the week but out there today the players just didn’t follow the game plan. We are making far too many mistakes with lots of them in crucial areas of the pitch.

“Saying that there were some positives to take from the game. Lawrence Rayner kicked very well at goal and the line out went well.”

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Albion initially made four changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Rotherham Titans.

Dual registered winger Jack Arnott, who recently scored his first Premiership try for Exeter Chiefs, made his first Albion appearance of the season.

Prop Tom Fidler was restored to the front row, while lock Neale Patrick was selected in the second row for youngster Tom Jubb who was names as a replacement.

In the back row Irishman Eoghan Grace replaced the injured Rob Langley.

Albion were then forced into a late change when assistant coach Rhys Oakley dropped out with a back injury to be replaced by Brett Beukeboom.

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Albion got off to the worst possible start conceding a try after just three minutes.

Blues fly half Jake Sharp went through the home defence like a knife through butter and put wing Dean Adamson over by the uprights.

Former Plymouth man James Pritchard added the simple conversion.

Albion quickly got themselves level when, after kicking from the corner, lock Neale Patrick touched down the catch and drive move.

Rayner added the conversion before Albion lost Grace with a back injury to be replaced by Jubb.

Rayner and Pritchard then exchanged penalties before Albion were reduced to 14 when scrum half Josh Davies was yellow carded for a professional foul.

Bedford put the ball in the corner and flanker Paul Tupai finished off the catch and drive with Prichard converting for a 17-10 Blues lead at the interval.

Rayner kicked two penalties at the start of the second half to reduce the deficit to a single point.

Bedford then went two scores clear when Adamson got his second of the game with Pritchard again converting.

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Rayner, who finished with a 100% kicking record, added two more penalties to get Albion back within two points.

Albion then shot themselves in the foot by messing up the restart which allowed Bedford to run down the clock deep in the home 22.

With the last move of the game Bedford right wing Pat Tapley crossed in the corner to secure the bonus point.

Pritchard added salt into Albion’s wounds by denying them the losing point by slotting the conversion from wide out.

Plymouth Albion: M Koteczky, J Arnott (J Henry 62), T Howley-Berridge, B Woods, L Warner, L Rayner, J Davies (R Cushion 62), T Fidler (T Harrison 51), T Stagg (T Cowan-Dickie 55), A Tiedemann (T Heard 74), N Patrick (A Bone 74), R Oakley, E Grace (T Jubb 20), S Simmonds, I Grieve capt

Try: Patrick

Con: Rayner

Pens: Rayner 5

Yellow card: Davies

Bedford Blues: J Pritchard, P Tapley, H Staff, O Dodge, D Adamson (J Wigglesworth 76), J Sharp (S Jones 65), P White (D Veenendaal 50), B Moss, J Saunders (C Clare 47), P Boulton (J Currie 40), M Howard, E Sherriff, P Tupai, J Buggea (H Thompson-Stringer 75), N Fenton-Wells capt replacement not used C Parilli-Ocampo

Tries: Adamson 2, Tupai, Tapley

Cons: Pritchard 4

Pen: Pritchard

Attendance: 1,268

Referee: Ian Tempest (RFU)

Plymouth Albion make four changes for the visit of Bedford Blues

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Plymouth Albion will be looking to build on last weeks much improved showing when they take on Bedford Blues at Brickfields (Saturday kick off 3pm).

Albion head coach James Shanahan has made four changes to the side that came away from Rotherham Titans with a losing bonus point.

The only change in the backs sees dual registered winger Jack Arnott make his first Albion start of the season.

21 year old Arnott scored his first Premiership try of his career in Exeter Chiefs opening day win at London Welsh.

In the front row Tom Fidler returns at loose head with Tom Cowan-Dickie dropping to the bench.

Lock Neale Patrick has recovered from a shoulder injury and replaces Tom Jubb, who is named as a replacement.

In the back row Irishman Eoghan Grace comes in for Rob Langley who picked up an
ankle injury at Rotherham.

Bedford like Albion are looking for their first win of the season and the Blues will be hoping for a repeat of last season when they won the corresponding fixture 27-16.

Plymouth Albion: 15
Marc Koteczky, 14 Jack Arnott, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 12 Ben Woods, 11 Lewis
Warner, 10 Lawrence Rayner, 9 Josh Davies, 1 Tom Fidler, 2 Ted Stagg, 3 Andy
Tiedemann, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Rhys Oakley, 6 Eoghan Grace, 7 Sam Simmonds, 8
Iain Grieve capt

Replacements
16 Tom Cowan-Dickie, 17 Tom Harrison, 18 Tom Heard, 19 Brett Beukeboom, 20 Tom
Jubb, 21 Ruairi Cushion, 22 Jake Henry

Don’t miss Albion v Bedford Blues this Saturday!

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Come and join us to watch Plymouth Albion v Bedford Blues, 3pm kick off this Saturday 27th September at Brickfields!

We have a number of exciting things happening at the match to make it a great day out including:

  • A new partnership with ‘Big Pan Parties’ serving hot food at the ticket office
  • 1pm-2pm, £1 off Carling, Doombar and Guinness
  • ‘Curry & a pint’ £5 from 1pm-2pm
  • After match coach & player interviews
Book a ‘Match Day Experience’

We have spaces available for our ‘Match Day Experience’ this Saturday. The price per person is £60 and includes:

  • Three course hot buffet meal with cheese board in the Midas Marquee with seats at a reserved table 12.30 for 1pm sit down, kick off 3pm
  • A ticket to the grandstand (except current ticket holders)
  • A match day programme

To book tickets to the game please visit our online shop

For enquiries or hospitality table bookings please visit the online shop or email clare@plymouthalbion.com

Albion Ladies narrowly miss out on a win to Wasps

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Albion Ladies played Wasps II at Brickfields in their opening game of the season, narrowly missing out on a win by a single point in the final five minutes. The final score of 8-7 came after a gruelling time under the sun where both teams made good ground in an evenly matched game.

Wasps were the first to open the scoring in the first half with a well taken penalty in front of the posts. Albion responded after 30 minutes with a crash ball from inside centre Charlie Notman powering through 3 tackles to get the ball over the line. Caitlin Short at 10 promptly converted.

Positive play from Albion at the start of the second half saw Wasps pinned in their 22 for a substantial period of time but despite sustained pressure, Albion were unable to turn this into a score.

A well drilled Wasps side turned up the heat for the final 15, driving Albion off the ball in the scrum. The Albion defence held off the Wasps attack on their tryline for a good ten minutes, with substantial hits coming in from centre Bethan Ayling and fullback Alex Smith. However, Wasps managed to exploit the overlap on the far wing and went over to score just minutes from time.

Despite the disappointment at the narrow loss, Albion still gain a losing bonus point and will go into next week’s game away to Reading with a lot of confidence from their performance.

New Head Coach Martyn Ruskin said, “The Ladies gave a great hard working performance and there were huge positives for the rest of the season. Playing a league favourite in your first game of the season and being so close to the victory shows our credentials and belief. We will go from strength to strength this year, I am confident in that.”

Albion play Reading away next weekend and their next home match at Brickfields will be against Swindon Supermarines on October 12th.