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Plymouth Albion v Leinster A match report

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Leinster A 59    Plymouth Albion 26

British & Irish Cup   Pool 5

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency

In their final British & Irish Cup match Albion suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of impressive holders Leinster A at Donnybrook.

Mid way through the first half it looked like Albion were going to suffer an embarrassing defeat when, after 22 minutes, they were 40-0 down.

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To their credit Albion regrouped and from that point outscored Leinster 26-19 and finished with the try scoring bonus point for their efforts.

Albion players and officials had a troublesome journey to Dublin having had to evacuate their plane at Bristol airport due to a fire emergency and then having to wait eight hours for a replacement flight.

Despite knowing that they couldn’t qualify for the quarter finals of this seasons competition, Plymouth Albion named a strong team for the return game against Leinster A.

In the backs there were recalls for Elliot Clements – Hill at full back and top points scorer Lawrence Rayner at fly half.

Australian Marc Koteczky, having recovered from a hamstring injury, came into the centre replacing Ben Woods.

Up front Dan Pullinger came in at loose head with assistant coach Rhys Oakley named in the second row.

Albion made a bright start but with their first piece of possession Leinster scored their opening try when flanker Jordan Coghlan went in under the posts with fly half Cathal Marsh adding the simple conversion.

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Leinster quickly added a second when left wing Sam Coghlan-Murray crossed and Marsh converted from wide out.

Home lock Ben Marshall then powered over from close range for try number three and when Coghlan-Murray went in on the overlap for his second Leinster had the try scoring bonus point in the bag by as early as the 14th minute.

With Albion slipping off numerous tackles it came as no surprise when right wing Cian Kelleher went over for try number 5 with Marsh converting with a superb kick from the touchline.

The very impressive Marsh was next on the try scoring list jinking his way under to posts and when he converted Albion were 40- 0 down after just 22 minutes.

Albion gradually worked their way back into the game and when Leinster flanker Paeder Timmins was yellow carded the visitors opened their account when Koteczky scored under the posts with Rayner converting.

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Albion 40-7 down at the break started the second half by having Oakley yellow carded for illegal use of the boot but despite being a man down the visitors were next on the score board.

After a series of forward drives flanker Rob Langley got the ball down with Rayner adding the extras.

Against the run of play Leinster added another try when centre Garry Ringrose scored with Marsh converting.

Having used all their replacements Albion had to play out the last 17 minutes with 14 men after centre Toby Howley-Berridge was forced off with a leg injury.

Leinster passed the half century when Coghlan-Murray completed his hat trick with centre Steve Crosbie converting from the touchline.

Albion replied once again and got their third try when replacement Tom Heard forced his way over from close range with Rayner again converting.

Leinster got their ninth try when replacement Tadhg Beirne crossed but deep in jury time Albion got the try scoring bonus point when after a fine hand off Langley went over for his second of the game.

Leinster A: B Dardis, C Kelleher (A Byrne 46), G Ringrose, S Crosbie, S Coughlan-Murray, C Marsh (T Farrell 60), L McGrath capt (C Rock 50), P Dooley, A Dundon (J Tracy 40), R Burke-Flynn (N van Dyke 40), B Marshall (T Beirne 40), R Molony, J Coghlan (N Timoney 78), J van der Flier, P Timmins

Tries: Coghlan, Coghlan-Murray 3, Marshall, Kelleher, Marsh, Ringrose, Beirne

Cons: Marsh 6, Crosbie

Yellow card: Timmins, Molony

Plymouth Albion: E Clements-Hill, M Kohler, T Howley-Berridge, M Koteczky (C Foley 40), L Warner (B Foley 40), L Rayner, C Setter (J Davies 40), D Pullinger (T Heard 40), S Matavesi capt,  T Fidler (L Chapman 28), N Patrick (H Stupple 40), R Oakley (H Stupple 4-16), R Langley, E Grace, I Grieve (A Bone 40)

Tries: Koteczky, Langley 2, Heard

Cons: Rayner 3

Yellow card: Oakley

Attendance: 200

Referee: B Whitehouse (WRU)

Plymouth Albion shuffle their team for the return British & Irish Cup game against Leinster A

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Despite knowing that they can’t qualify for the quarter finals of the British & Irish Cup, Plymouth Albion have named a strong team to travel to Dublin for the return match with holders Leinster A.

Elliot Clements- Hill, who has missed much of the season with injury, is named at full back.

Australian Marc Koteczky has recovered from a hamstring injury and replaces Ben Woods in the centre.

Top points scorer Lawrence Rayner is named at fly half replacing Declan Cusack.

Up front Dan Pullinger comes into the starting line up at loose head while assistant coach Rhys Oakley comes back into the side in the second row.

On the bench there is a welcome return for Herbie Stupple, who has missed the last six matches with an ankle injury.

Plymouth Albion: 15 Elliot Clements-Hill, 14 Mark Kohler, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 12 Marc Koteczky, 11 Lewis Warner, 10 Lawrence Rayner, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Dan Pullinger, 2 Sam Matavesi capt, 3 Tom Fidler, 4 Neale Patrick, 5 Rhys Oakley, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Eoghan Grace, 8 Iain Grieve replacements 16 Tom Heard, 17 Luke Chapman, 18 Ali Bone, 19 Herbie Stupple, 20 Charlie Foley, 21 Josh Davies, 22 Ben Foley

Don’t miss Plymouth Albion v Cornish Pirates 27/12/14

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Why not complete your Christmas with a visit to Plymouth Albion to watch the team play the Cornish Pirates?

Plymouth Albion v Cornish Pirates kicks off at 3pm.

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

  • Live music after the game by Black Friday in the Midas Marquee
  • £1 off Carling, Doombar and Guinness from 1pm-2pm
  • ‘Curry & a pint’ £5 from 1pm-2pm
  • After match coach & player interviews

We have some spaces left available for pre-match hospitality in the Midas Marquee. 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 by the latest 17th December 2014.

To book tickets for the match click here

Please note due to Christmas post, ticket orders received after the 16th December for the Pirates game cannot be posted.

Albion v Bristol Away Travel Information

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A COACH IS RUNNING to the away match against Bristol on the 01/01/2015, New Years Day.  28 People have already booked.

The coach will leave the Target Travel Depot at 10.30 and from Home Park  park and ride at 11.00 Kick Off is at 15.00.

The cost of travel and a match ticket (seated) will be Adult £36.00 Concession £33.00 Junior £14.00 Coach only £15.00Payment of cash or cheque will be taken at the Pirates game 27/12/2014 in the Supporters Marquee before the match.

For those who have not yet booked you can reserve your seat by e-mailing to  with your name, number wishing to travel, and a contact number. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A TRAVEL CLUB MEMBER TO TRAVEL TO AWAY TRIPS.

Could everybody please  bring your payment on the 27th or you can request B.A.C.S. information to pay direct into the account.

Martin Musgrave -Travel Club Chairman

Join us for our Christmas Eve Brunch – Wednesday 24th December 2014


Fancy a break from the Christmas shopping? Why not pop into Plymouth Albion and join us for brunch! All welcome. Brunch will be served between 10am and 1pm in the club house.

The cost is £5 for 5 items and £6 for 7 items, teas and coffees included.

No booking necessary but to aid Santa’s little helper in the kitchen please confirm your attendance, via email

Download the Christmas Eve brunch menu

Some of the players might join us during the morning depending on their training schedule.

Happy Christmas and hope you can join us!

Albion Christmas Opening Hours


Please find below our Christmas opening hours.

Christmas Eve – open 9.30 – 1.30 for brunch (details to follow)
Christmas Day – Closed
Boxing Day – Closed
27th December – Plymouth Albion v Cornish Pirates
28th December - 4th January – closed

If you are looking to book hospitality tables for the Pirates game on the 27th December or the game against Moseley on the 10th January, please contact by the 17th December.

Please note due to Christmas post, ticket orders received after the 16th December for the Pirates game cannot be posted.

Albion lose away to Wimbledon


Albion Ladies lost disappointingly away to Wimbledon in a close game 10 – 5. The wet conditions of the Wimbledon pitch did not suit Albion’s style of play as they battled it out in the mud after a long coach journey.

Wimbledon started off strongly and retained the majority of possession in the first half. With a strong running and off-load game, Albion were unable to turn the ball over in seriously muddy conditions. Despite camping out on the Albion line, Wimbledon failed to take their opportunities after some valiant Albion defending. Just before half time however, they did take advantage of an Albion miss-kick to chase the ball down and score, leaving it 5-0 at half time.

Albion played much better in the second, spotting and exploiting the gaps in the Wimbledon defence. Injury took its toll on an already depleted Albion squad as the side was forced to play for short time with only 13 on the field whilst players were receiving treatment. Frustratingly, Bethan Ayling at Centre had a try under the posts disallowed as the referee could not see the grounding. Then the Albion defences were caught wanting out wide as Wimbledon slipped another try past. Albion belief was still high towards the end as they retained the bulk of the possession for the last 15, with Alison Cooper at 8 going over to score from a quickly taken tap penalty from scrum half Kayleigh Moore. It was too little too late though as the final whistle blew 10-5.

Head Coach Martyn Ruskin said “We made a six hour trip in horrible weather with a depleted squad and still came away with our heads held high. The factors against us didn’t help but once again, I can’t fault my players’ commitment and desires to do well for each other and get the result which unfortunately didn’t go our way. We took a while to get going but once we did we played well. It just took too long. That is something we need to eliminate from our game and fast. There were some good points and that’s what I want my players to remember and take forward into another tough trip away to Wasps.”

Albion can take some consolation from the match in the form of a losing bonus point and still sit 3rd in the league table. Their next home game is Sunday 7th December against Reading Ladies.

Plymouth Albion v Carmarthen Quins match report

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Plymouth Albion 16  Carmarthen Quins 18

Saturday 6th December 2014

Match report by Paddy Marsh

Images courtesy of Pinnacle Photo Agency 

On the day that Plymouth Argyle got knocked out of the F A Cup, Plymouth Albion’s interest in their cup competition also ended.

Albion’s defeat, their second at the hands of Carmarthen Quins this season, means they can now concentrate of the all important battle for Championship survival.

One problem Albion haven’t had this season is with their goal kicking but that was what let them against the Welshmen.

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Albion fly half Declan Cusack was wide with two penalties and two conversions while replacement Elliot Clements-Hill saw a late long range penalty just miss the target.

Cusack was very unlucky with one of his penalty misses as the ball bounced back into play off the top of the crossbar.

On such fine margins are games won and lost.

Albion skipper Sam Matavesi reflecting on the game said, “We lacked the intensity we have shown in recent games and we weren’t very smart in the way we played.

“We now need to get a win at Leinster next weekend and then start building for the resumption of the league programme.”

Plymouth Albion kept faith with the majority of the side that performed so well in Jersey, making just four changes.

Mark Kohler who joined Albion in the summer from Coventry made his first start for the club while regular centre Toby Howley-Berridge was restored in mid field.

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Up front Tom Fidler returned at loose head and there was a welcome return for Iain Grieve who missed the last few games with a shoulder injury.

Albion had a chance to take the lead in the 12th minute but fly half Declan Cusack was wide with his 35 metre penalty kick.

From the restart Quins strayed offside and from an almost identical position Cusack opened the scoring with a well struck penalty.

On their first visit to the home 22 Quins cut open the Albion defence but scrum half Kieran Hardy knocked on with the try line at his mercy.

Albion, with their pack getting the better of things up front, stretched their lead with a well worked try.

Left wing Lewis Warner was put clear on the overlap and neat footwork took him around the last defender to score wide out.

Quins gradually worked their way back into the game and fly half Josh Lewis opened his sides account with a penalty after Plymouth were caught offside.

Cusack was then unluckly to see a 44 metre penalty kick rebound back into play after bouncing on the crossbar before the visitors cleared their lines.

Against the run of play Carmarthen got themselves level when Lewis intercepted a loose Albion pass deep inside his 22 and he just had the legs to go the length of the field for a try he was unable to convert.

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Lewis and Cusack exchanged penalties early in the second half before Albion regained the lead when Clements-Hill scored an unconverted try after more good work by Warner.

Albion were then reduced to 14 when Warner was harshly yellow carded by the referee after what appeared to be a perfectly legal tackle

Carmarthen snatched victory late on when Hardy went over following a close range line out and replacement Dan Jones slotted the all important conversion.

After the visitors went down to 14 when flanker Rob McCusker was sin binned Albion had one late chance to snatch win but Clements-Hill was just wide of the target with a penalty from the half way line.

Plymouth Albion: J Arnott (E Clements-Hill 40), M Kohler, B Woods, T Howley-Berridge, L Warner, D Cusack, C Setter (J Davies 57), T Fidler (T Harrison 73), S Matavesi capt, A Tiedemann (D Pullinger 72), T Jubb, N Patrick, R Langley, E Grace, I Grieve replacements not use A Bone, R Oakley, L Rayner

Tries: Warner, Clements-Hill

Pens: Cusack 2

Yellow card: Warner

Carmarthen Quins: S Evans, J Williams (K Evans 58), I Evans, S Hughes capt (A Warren 52), K Phillips, J Lewis (D Jones 71), K Hardy, W Jones, R Elias, J Adriaanse (B Leung 62), P Day (R Osborne 40), S Jones, R McCusker, W Boyde, T Phillips replacements not used G Robinson, T Myhill

Tries: Lewis, Hardy

Con: D Jones

Pens: Lewis 2

Yellow card: McCusker

Attendance: 1,023

Referee: Nigel Correll (Ireland)