Daly: ‘We Will Bounce Back’

Plymouth Albion player George Mills brings the ball out from under the posts during the Rugby Union National League 1 match between Hull Ionians and Plymouth Albion at Brantingham Park, Brough  on April 7th - PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion back row forward Sam Daly says his team will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Hull Ionians when they take on Birmingham Moseley at Brickfields tomorrow (Saturday, April 14, KO 3pm).

Albion went down 33-14 to relegation-threatened Hull at Brantingham Park, a loss described by head coach Kieran Hallett as ‘disappointing’.

Daly says there were no excuses for the lacklustre performance : “It’s hard to blame it on one thing. We just didn’t turn up on the day, but we are looking to improve this week.”

With Albion naming a group of under 18 youngsters in their squad for today’s fixture, Daly, at 20, becomes one of the more experienced members of the team.

“I went to college with a couple of the boys and they were only two years below me, so I have seen them grow up. It is nice to see them coming through, even though it feels weird being a senior part of the squad.”

The former Newton Abbot and Torquay flanker lined up against Moseley earlier this year when two late tries from centre Tom Hendrickson turned the game around to give Albion the victory, 20-16.

It was a fixture beset by injuries and in fact Daly himself left the field only to come back on in the second half with his knee heavily strapped.

“We beat them up there even with the injuries and people playing out of position and put in a good performance in the end.

“Of course, they will be wanting to do the same down here. We beat them at their home and they will be trying to get revenge. They will know that we have lost two on the bounce and will look to capitalise on that.”

Despite Albion being fifth in the league with seemingly nothing to play for, the popular number seven says he and his team mates are keen to get the job done.

“It is coming to the end of the season and there is not much to play for but pride. We will be coming out firing and trying to bounce back from that hard loss last weekend.

“It can be difficult staying motivated at times, especially when there are quite a few injuries and you are feeling sore yourself, but at the end of the day you have got a job to do and we don’t just do it for ourselves.

“It is for everyone who turns up on a match day, everyone who turns up to support and of course all the players themselves.”

Daly welcomed this week’s news that Albion had signed former Northampton Saints and England under 18 winger Josh Skelcey from Championship side Nottingham Rugby.

“It acts as another bit of motivation that the club is going forward. Seeing other boys coming in and strengthening the squad is a positive move in the right direction.”

As well as playing his part on the pitch, Daly has a key role in Albion’s growing community department. This week he has been coaching youngsters aged six to 16 in the club’s Easter rugby camps.

“It’s been going really well. It’s has been good to get back into the community to give a little bit back and show Plymouth what we’re about.

“We take the youngsters in the changing rooms to try on the kit and make sure they have a really good day. Hopefully we will get some of them down to Brickfields on Saturday and they can watch us have a good day!”

Plymouth Albion team to face Birmingham Moseley at Brickfields on Saturday, April 14 (KO 3pm).

 15 Matt Shepherd, 14 Devon Jewsbury, 13 Luke Flack, 12 Dean Squire, 11 Harrison Cully, 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Cam Setter, 1 Will Norton, 2 Rupert Freestone, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Lewis Pearson, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 6 George Mills, 7 Sam Daly, 8 Herbie Stupple.


16 Luke Chapman, 17 Ben Phillips, 18 Flynn Elworthy, 19 Robbie Weeks, 20 Matt Crosscombe.