Loughborough Students 28 Plymouth Albion 49

Plymouth Albion player Setareki Raumakita  attacks Loughborough Students player Thomas Ffitch during the Rugby Union National League 1 match between Loughborough Students and Plymouth Albion at Loughborough University, Loughborough  on September 30th - PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

by Paddy Marsh

Plymouth Albion took their current winning sequence to four matches with a good seven tries to four win at Loughborough Students.

Albion, not for the first time this season, weren’t particularly impressive in the first half and were fortunate to be level at the break.

It was a different story in the second period with Albion running in a further four tries to run out fairly comfortable winners.

Albion head coach Kieran Hallett although pleased with the five points wasn’t particularly happy with the performance of his side.

Hallett said, “It was a funny type of game. We have put 49 points on a good side without getting out of second gear.

“We travelled on the same day and maybe that had something to do with us being a little flat in the first half.

“Loughborough caught us napping in the first half but in the second half we had more territory and always back ourselves when we get 5 metres out.”

When asked to mark the Albion performance out of 10 Hallett gave it a “6 or 7 with things to work on”.

Plymouth got off to the perfect start when a catch and drive set up near the 22 was driven over with hooker Jamie Salter getting the touchdown.

Fly half Dan Mugford converted before Loughborough hit back with two tries in three minutes.

Winger Joakim Antoniou on the overlap claimed the first and flanker Max Hill crossed for the second home try.

Fly half Thomas Ffitch converted both Loughborough tries.

Albion levelled matters midway through the first half when prop Will Norton forced his way over with Mugford adding the extras.

Loughborough went ahead for a second time when hooker C allum Lynch finished off a catch and drive with Ffitch converting.

Back came Albion who added a third try scored by Salter in identical fashion to his first.

Mugford converted to send the sides into the interval level on 21-21.

Shortly after half time Albion secured the try bonus point when powerful centre Seta Raumakita powered over from the 22.

Loughborough were then reduced to 14 when lock Henry Wheadon was yellow carded and Albion took full advantage by scoring try number five.

Mugford got the score after cleverly putting through a grubber kick and then getting the touchdown himself.

Loughborough got their bonus point try when the impressive full back Tim Bitirim weaved his way under the posts for a fine individual score.

Albion finished the stronger of the two sides and added two tries both scored by Jack Arnott.

The wingers first try came off a fine running line with his second being an interception right on the home try line.

Mugford who finished with a personal tally of 19 points added four second half conversions to finish with a 100% kicking record.

Next up for Albion is the visit of Cambridge to Brickfields next Saturday.

Loughborough Students: T Bitirim, W Foster, A Glashan (O Hirskyj-Douglas 78), R Lewis, Edwards, J Antoniou, T Ffitch, G De Cothi (C Dobinson 76), J Leat, C Lynch (O Adams 52) J Heyes (G Davis 45),T Vukasinovic, H Wheadon, M Yuseff, M Hill (L Frost 66), M Berry

Tries: Antoniou, Hill, Lynch, Bitirim

Cons: Ffitch 4

Yellow card: Wheadon

Plymouth Albion: M Shepherd (J Gott 75), M Crosscombe, S Raumakita, H Skinner, J Arnott, D Mugford, C Setter (J Snow 75), W Norton (J Owlett 52), J Salter (R Freestone62), D Pullinger,, D Swain (G Mills 62), S Lonsdale, E Holmes, S Daly, H Stupple capt

Tries: Salter 2, Norton, Raumakita, Mugford, Arnott 2

Cons: Mugford 7

Attendance: 566

Referee: Daniel Collins (RFU)