Birmingham Moseley v Plymouth Albion


Plymouth Albion’s away game against Birmingham Moseley, due to take place on Saturday, December 9, has been postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Luke Chapman, 22, from Looe, was looking forward to the fixture, having been named in the Albion starting line-up for the second week running.

Prop Chapman was very happy with last weekend’s performance against Hull Ionians: “It was really good. We had a team meeting the week before and agreed that we were not where we wanted to be.

“Last week was a big week. We switched it on and were really pleased.”

Chapman agreed with boss Kieran Hallett that the Hull game was the best attacking performance of the season: “Especially in the first half when we put 19 points on the score board, it felt good and all the boys knew what they were doing.”

Chapman thought the team responded well to the previous week’s loss at league leaders Coventry: “Everyone knew something needed to change. We all sat down and said what we wanted to do.

“Hopefully we can now push on and up the table.”

The former Looe Community College student knows a bit about Moseley from previous experience: “I played against them in the Championship when I was last here three or four years ago. From what I have heard they are a good, well-established National League One team. They have a good scrum and maul but nothing that we cannot compete against.”

Despite keen competition for front row places this season, Chapman, who previously played for the Cornish Pirates, is happy with his game time so far: “Will Norton and I keep swapping in and out. We have a good relationship and whoever is starting we will pat them on the back.

“I would just like to kick on, play as many games as I can and get as much rugby as I can under my belt.”

Chapman says the squad goal is simple: “As a team we want to be the best we can be. Wherever we finish, we finish, but if we are happy with it, that’s it really.”

The young Cornishman was quick to congratulate team mate Dan Mugford, named NCA Rugby’s National League One player of the week: “He’s a class player, isn’t he? Everyone knows that. He is one of our main players and keeps us firing throughout, kicking those goals over.”

Chapman had further praise for stand-in captain Eoghan Grace: “I have known Gracey for a few years now and he is a very down to earth bloke. He will tell you how it is. Last week he was brutally honest with everyone and it is what we need. He is a good player to have around.”