Hallett: ‘We are in a Good Place’

Plymouth Albion coach Kieran Hallettduring the Rugby Union National League 1 match between Caldy and Plymouth Albion at Paton Field, Caldy  on October 14th - PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion welcome Old Elthamians to Brickfields for their National League One game this Saturday, October 21 (KO 3pm).

Albion go into the game in second place following their 17-34 away win over Caldy.

Head coach Kieran Hallett says: “I was pleased with our win at Caldy last week. The only time we were troubled was the second period of the first-half when we went off-script a bit. We started giving them back the ball which was something we had talked about wanting to avoid.

“Caldy came at us and scored a couple of good tries and then it took a penalty and a score at the start of the second-half before we got the ball back. Once we did we didn’t give it up again.

“Had we stuck to the game plan for the full 80 minutes then I think we would have put a few more scores to our name. We are still a young group and we are learning every week whilst putting good results together.”

Currently sixth in National League One, Old Elthamians are the surprise package this season as the highest placed of the three newly-promoted teams following four wins – over Fylde, Loughborough Students, Caldy and Cambridge – and five bonus points.

Last week they managed to score three tries away from home against heavyweights Darlington Mowden Park before being over-powered 36-21.

The London club has achieved four promotions in the last six seasons under Director of Rugby and Managing Director Gavin Lach, taking the club from London Two to their current position.

Hallett has made some changes to this week’s squad. Centre Seta Raumakita replaces Dean Squire in the starting line up and Cameron Setter comes back in at scrum half. Forwards Dan Pullinger and Dan Swain make starts while prop Luke Chapman and second row Sean Lonsdale are named as replacements.

He says: “There seem to be different individuals stepping up for us in each game but they all know that everything that they do is for the team and it is all about the team. The boys are comfortable with each other; they are a good group and a tight group.

“We are getting to where we want to be and are working hard to get there. We are making fewer errors each week and identifying them when they happen. We are ready to take on anyone at the minute, we have won six on the bounce and we are scoring plenty of points every week. We are in a good place.”

With six wins from seven games, Hallett is pleased with his team’s overall start to the season: “It is positive without really playing at the level we want to. There is still plenty to work on as we go into the difficult November period.”

Plymouth Albion team to face Old Elthamians at Brickfields on Saturday, October 21, (KO 3pm):

15 Matt Shepherd, 14 Matt Crosscombe, 13 Seta Raumakita, 12 Harvey Skinner, 11 Jack Arnott, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Will Norton, 2 Rupert Freestone, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Dan Swain, 5 Ed Holmes, 6 Eoghan Grace, 7 George Mills, 8 Herbie Stupple (Captain)


16 Luke Chapman, 17 Jamie Salter, 18 Sean Lonsdale, 19 Sam Daly, 20 Dean Squire