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MORE SIGNINGS CONFIRMED

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Seta Raumakita and Jon Dawe sign new contracts at Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion today added two more members of last seasons squad to the new group of players being assembled ahead of the 2016-17 National 1 campaign.

28 year old Seta Raumakita, who has represented the Royal Navy and Combined Services, is primarily a winger but can also play in the back row.

Fijian born Raumakita who made 12 appearances for Albion last season speaking about his new contract said, “Last season was my first at Albion and I really enjoyed it. I was pleased to be offered the chance to play for Albion again next season.

“We had a good squad last season and hopefully we will have a good team for the season ahead.”

Raumakita added, “ I’m in the Royal Navy and am stationed in Plymouth. When the Royal Navy team plays its normally on a Wednesday so that won’t impact on my availability for Albion at weekends.”

22 year old winger Jon Dawe (no relation to former head coach Graham Dawe) joined Albion from the Cornish All Black last summer.

Dawe has representative honours with Cornwall and he was a member of the squad that retained the County Championship at Twickenham last weekend.

Dawe was restricted to just 5 appearances for Albion last season after picking up a knee injury in pre season.

Dawe said, “I damaged my cartilage before the season started and it took a long time to clear up. I came back towards the end of the season and I really want to give it a go next season.

“Last season there was a great atmosphere within the squad and with a number of players staying at the club we should do very well again.”

“What happened last season at Albion was brilliant and I’m sure it will be the same if everyone buys in again.”

TRIO MAKING GOOD PROGRESS FOLLOWING INJURIES

Cameron Thompson

CAMERON Thompson, James Penman and Tom Putt are all making good progress following injuries.

Flanker Thompson has not featured in Albion’s first team squad since November.

He had been hoping to be back in time for this weekend’s trip to his former club Fylde, but the National One game in Lancashire has come too soon.

“Cameron is getting close to fitness, but has not trained yet,” said director of rugby Dawe. “He started four or five games in a row and did well, but he pulled his groin in training and that was compounded by another injury.”

Hooker Penman has not played since suffering a calf injury against Loughborough Students in December, while goal-kicking full-back Tom Putt has been out for longer with a problem with his heels.

Dawe said: “James Penman might be back next weekend or the weekend after and Tom Putt the beginning of February.”

CLUB HOPE TO WIN PITCH BATTLE IN TIME FOR COVENTRY GAME

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GRAHAM DAWE is hoping Albion can get their Brickfields pitch back into a decent shape in time for their next home match against Coventry on January 23.

The playing surface took a battering last weekend when they played Hull Ionians in torrential rain.

The pitch had only just recovered from the November matches against Darlington Mowden Park and Ampthill which were also played in heavy rain.

“It has taken a fair hammering,” said director of rugby Dawe. “We just hope the ground staff get a dry enough window so they can get some work done on it to aerate it, get some stability back into it and make it a good surface again.

“There is no point doing any work on it until it does dry out. It is all about timing.

“It’s not going to be as good as it was before we played Hull, but the pitch has suffered before and it will recover.”

ALBION KIT IS ALL WHITE AGAIN AFTER BRICKFIELDS MUD BATH

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ALBION’S white home kit has survived Saturday’s mud bath at Brickfields against Hull Ionians.

Torrential rain before and during the match left the pitch in a terrible state and by half-time it was almost impossible to tell who was who on the field.

There were worries that the National One club would not be able to get their kit clean again.

However, the shirts arrived back from the cleaners on Wednesday and are nearly as good as new.

The pitch, though, might take a bit more time to recover. The club hope to do some work on it in the next couple of days, providing it stays dry, to try and get it in a decent state for their home match against Coventry on January 23.

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FORWARDS HOPE ALBION CAN BOUNCE BACK FROM HOME DEFEAT

Sam Matavesi against Hull

FORWARDS Herbie Stupple and Sam Matavesi are hoping Plymouth Albion can bounce back from their frustrating home defeat by Hull Ionians.

Albion lost 17-7 in horrendous conditions at Brickfields on Saturday.

The defeat brought to an end a five-match winning rugby for Graham Dawe’s young side.

Herbie Stupple against HullStupple had captained Albion to three of those five wins. Saturday was the first time he had experienced a loss as skipper of the team.

“We will just have to pick ourselves up for Fylde away next week,” said Stupple. “It’s annoying, but we have to just push on and not dwell on it too much.  We still weren’t bad out there.”

He added: “I just want to see this as a small hiccup and we’ll go on again. The goal is to try and win away next week.”

Prior to Saturday, flanker Matavesi had not lost since coming into Albion’s starting line-up after re-signing for the club in November.

“It has been going well, but now it is about how we adapt next week,” said Matavesi.

“We have to get on with it. We have to look at ourselves and think we could have done a lot better (on Saturday). When we were in positions to score points we could have scored them.

“But next week is a whole new week and we have to look forward to playing again.”

 

LOSING AT HOME IS TOUGH, ADMITS ALBION’S DIRECTOR OF RUGBY DAWE

Sam Matavesi against Hull Ionians

PLYMOUTH Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe admitted it was ‘tough’ to lose at home on Saturday after impressive away victories at Rosslyn Park and Hartpury College.

Albion’s five-match winning run was ended in horrendous conditions at Brickfields by Hull Ionians, who triumphed 17-7.

“It is always tough to lose at home in front of your own supporters, especially when the team had worked so hard away from home the last couple of weeks,” said Dawe.

“You want to make your home ground a real fortress to any opposing team.”

Albion dominated territory on Saturday but were unable to make it tell in a game where any free-flowing rugby almost impossible.

Dawe said: “It was certainly a very competitive game and we played some good stuff.

“We certainly had more ball and field position than we had last weekend (at Rosslyn Park) and we were very unfortunate not to score more tries and points.

“First half we had a lot of possession and field position but we could not cross.

“But Hull were outstanding in the contact area, their game-management was very good from their 10 and they squeezed over the line three times and deserved it.”

Albion now have to pick themselves up for a trip to Fylde this weekend.

ALBION’S RUN IS ENDED BY HULL IONIANS AT A MUDDY BRICKFIELDS

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PLYMOUTH ALBION 7 HULL IONIANS 17

ALBION’S winning run was brought to an end at a wet and muddy Brickfields on Saturday by Hull Ionians.

Graham Dawe’s young side had won their last five matches, including beating Hartpury College and Rosslyn Park away, but in difficult conditions they were not able to make it six in a row.

Hull, who had beaten Albion in East Yorkshire at the start of the season, scored all their points in the first half to lead 17-0 at the break.

That was tough on Plymouth, who had dominated territory and possession but who could not make it tell.

Hull, in contrast, were very clinical, taking all their chances in the opening 40 minutes. They played the tough conditions well.

Albion did get a try two-thirds of the way through the second half when replacement lock Dan Collier sneaked over from close range for his first of the season, but, with the pitch cutting up badly by then, they were unable to add to it.

Plymouth now have to pick themselves up for a long trip to Fylde next weekend.

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Hull went in front in the fourth minute when they were awarded a five-metre line-out that Albion thought was going to be theirs.

From the set-piece Hull lock Joe Makin drove over and Isaac Green converted.

Albion then had a great chance to level but were stopped right on the line by some good defence by the visitors.

Not taking that opportunity proved costly for Albion as Ionians added a second try on 14 minutes when another cleaver kick saw Quile Smith win the race to touch the ball down and make it 12-0.

Albion then dominated the next 15 minutes and Searle came within inches of reducing the gap when he hit the post with a penalty.

Hull had limited ball in Albion’s half but they got a third try after another good kick to the corner forced the home side to give away a line-out. Although Albion stopped the initial drive, Hull recycled and experienced number eight Phil Eggleshaw got the ball down to make it 17-0.

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Albion should have scored just before the break. They were awarded a penalty at a five-metre scrum. The referee initially played advantage and it looked like Plymouth might score but Green stopped them illegally. However, the referee just went back to the initial penalty. Plymouth opted for another scrum that was reset three times before eventually Albion went wide and lost the ball.

Hull had a good chance at the start of the second period but they were penalised for a double movement.

Albion then had a really good spell but could not score. They could not have been closer midway through the half but Hull once again stopped them right on the line.

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Eventually the try they threatened came when Collier went over after Albion pushed Hull off a scrum.

Albion did scrum well all game, but it was not enough to get them a win.

Disappointingly they were also unable to even get a bonus point in a real mud bath at Brickfields.

Albion: Ethan Ford, Seti Raumakita, Tom Bedford, Marc Koteczky, Harrison Cully, Billy Searle, Matt Shepherd, Ollie Dawe, Rupert Freestone, Christian Judge, Ed Holmes, Nile Dacres, Jarrad Hayler, Sam Matavesi, Herbie Stupple (capt). Reps: Dan Pullinger, Dan Collier, Gregory Sebastien, Jake Murphy, Cameron Setter.

Hull Ionians: Michael Bateman, Stephen Slingsby, Joel Gill, Joe Allott, Aquile Smith, James Ferguson, Isaac Green, David Laverick, Alistair Thomson, Stephen Johnson, Joe Makin, Dan Paul, Joe Sanders, Ed Falkingham, Phil Eggleshaw. Reps: Steve Quigley, Richard Stout, Josh Redfern, Gregory Lound, Sam Wilson.

Referee: Shane Lewis (RFU)

Scorers: Albion: Try: Collier; Con: Shepherd

Hull: Tries: Makin, Smith, Eggleshaw; Con: Green

Attendance: 1,083

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Pictures courtesy of Sean Hernon/Pinnacle

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PLYMOUTH Albion take on Hull Ionians at Brickfields today in National One (3pm).

It is Hull’s first visit to Plymouth, however, they did beat Albion 25-21 at their place in September.

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