Mugford Relishing National One Challenge

Dan Mugford of Plymouth Albion during the match between Plymouth Albion v Fylde RFC at the Brickfields Recreation Ground, on September 23rd 2017, Plymouth, Devon, UK. PHOTO: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

Plymouth Albion face Loughborough Students today (Saturday, September 30) at the University Stadium in their fifth National League One fixture of the season (KO 3pm).

Last week’s man of the match Dan Mugford warns that Loughborough may pose some problems: “I think they will be dangerous. They’re students, so they’re going to be a fit bunch playing on a 3G pitch. We’re expecting a fast game.”

“It’s something we’re not used to and we haven’t done yet this season so it will pose a different picture.

“I’m sure they’re going to come out firing and we’ve got to front up to that, stick to our processes and game plan, and hopefully come out on top.”

The popular fly-half, who scored 23 of his team’s 68 point tally against Fylde, says: “Most of those points came from conversions. The team scores a lot of tries and I’m able to knock some points over.”

“When you’re striking the ball sweetly you want more and more shots. I was pleased on Saturday that I was on target.

“I missed the first one, but it went exactly where I put it. I thought the wind might bring it in but it didn’t touch it.

“I’m really confident in my goal kicking at the moment and hope that continues.”

Not one for pre-kicking rituals, the former Nottingham and Sale number 10 says: “It’s something I used to do a little bit, now I’m just trying to enjoy rugby.”

“Obviously, there’s a pre-kick set up and a certain run up, but that’s to make sure my approach is correct and I’m striking the ball nicely.”

“If I miss I’ll go back and see how I missed.”

Despite his match winning performance, the popular fly-half is looking to improve. He adds: “Every week is a new week to get better. It wasn’t perfect by any means so every training session we’re looking for those little things that will take us on to the next level.”

“I keep working on all areas of my game and fitness to make sure I’m better for the team.”

Back in National League One after spells in the Championship and Premiership, Mugford is enjoying the challenge. He says: “There’s a lot of running rugby which is great and there’s space so you can get the ball moving nicely.

“We’re not kicking at goal much, we’re going into the corner. We want to score tries.

“They’re entertaining games and that’s great to be a part of. Nobody really likes a three-all draw at the end of the day, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Plymouth Albion team to face Loughborough Students at the University Stadium on Saturday, September 30, (KO 3pm):

15 Matthew Shepherd, 14 Matt Crosscombe, 13 Setareki Raumakita, 12 Harvey Skinner, 11 Jack Arnott, 10 Dan Mugford, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 William Norton, 2 Jamie Salter, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Dan Swain, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 6 Ed Holmes, 7 Sam Daly, 8 Herbie Stupple

Replacements

George Mills, Rupert Freestone, Jordan Gott, Joe Snow, Jack Owlett.