Plymouth Albion triumph over Exeter University RFC in their second preseason game…
Plymouth Albion went in to the preseason game against Exeter University as favourites, but the visitors put up a great fight and displayed some good work rates throughout the game.
For the first sixty minutes the game was well fought between the two sides, but 7 mins in EURFC surprised everyone and broke early to score the first try. The try was converted putting the score at 0-7 to EURFC.
For the next 10 minutes the game was pretty level between the two sides, both winning penalties, one resulting in a line out to Plymouth Albion on EURFC’s 22. However, the line out was deemed not to be straight by the referee, so EURFC were awarded the scrum.
As the scrum breaks down, Albion picked up the ball and after some great foot work by Jon Dawe, he places the ball over the line for Albion’s first try of the match. On trail player Mitch Pinkus, from Ivybridge, steps up for his first kick of the game and converts to bring the score to 7-7.
8 mins later, after a fantastic bit of play, James Tait gets over the line to give Albion their second try of the game. Mitch Pinkus steps up again and scores his second conversion of the game to make the score 14-7 to Albion.
EURFC were not ready to give up and were putting Albion under pressure at times, demonstrated when EURFC were quick in hand with the ball, moving it to the right wing where the break looked likely. Seta Raumakita had other ideas, he made up ground across the field and made the tackle to stop EURFC making the break, however, the tackle was deemed high by the referee and Seta received the yellow card. Albion were now down to 14 men.
A couple of minutes later the ball was knocked on by EURFC in their own 22, awarding the scrum to Albion. The scrum was strong and pushed hard towards EURFC’s try line. EURFC had no response as the Albion scrum pushed over the line. Captain Herbie Stupple picks up the ball and places it for the try. Mitch Pinkus keeps up his 100% record and puts the cball between the posts to put Albion 21-7 ahead.
HALF TIME: ALBION 21 EURFC 7
The second half started strong for EURFC and they weren’t about to sit back and let Albion take control. After 15 minutes of neutral play EURFC’s Charlie Davies made an brilliant interception of the ball in EURFC’s own half and with a clear field ahead, sprinted to the line to place the try. The conversion was added and the score levels at 21 a piece.
Changes by Albion sees Dan Mugford & Dean Squire come on to the field. But for Dan Mugford, it wasn’t going to be for long, just 3 minutes in Dan clashes in the centre of the field and gets knocked out for a few seconds. Albion are forced to reverse the change and bring Robbie Weeks back on to the field.
Now 60 minutes in to the game, you can see the experience & fitness of Albion starting to come through, long periods of play are dominated by Albion, which forces mistakes by EURFC.
Albion get a penalty and the ball is kicked to touch within the oppositions 22. A great line out followed by a smooth bit of play, sees the ball fall in to the hands of Ashley Crouch, who runs for the line to give the advantage back to Albion, added to by Mitch Pinkus, Albion 28, EURFC 21.
4 minutes a later, Dean Squire makes another break, resulting in his first try of the game. Mitch Pinkus converts, the score now 35-21.
Only another 5 mins of play, Dean Squire makes a brilliant charge down of EURFC’s clearance kick, he’s able to pick it up and has the run in to the line for his second try of the game. Mitch Pinkus steps up again and doesn’t disappoint by converting his sixth conversion of the game. Albion start to stretch their lead, Albion 42 EURFC 21.
Albion continue to pile the pressure on EURFC and Seta Raumikta sets up a beautiful ball for Matt Shepherd, he responds with his first try of the game. Yep you’ve guessed it, Mitch Pinkus steps up and scores his 7th conversion of the game, 49-21 Albion. Brilliant debut for Mitch Pinkus.
The restart takes place with the whistle due to blow any minute, but Albion weren’t finished! From the restart, newcomer Josh Skelcy gets the ball in hand, makes a dart for the line and scores another try for Albion. The conversion is missed, but the score is now 54-21 to Albion. That was the final action of the game, as the whistle blows to indicate full time.
FULL TIME: Plymouth Albion 54 Exeter University RFC 21
So that’s now two from two in preseason, all that remains is the final preseason game next week, Saturday 25th August, against Cornish Pirates. Can Albion make it three out of three? Make sure you come along and support the boys!