Prop Pullinger Says Park Will Put Up A Battle

Plymouth Albion player Dan Pullinger goes over for a try 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 play at Brickfields tomorrow (Saturday, May 5) for their re-arranged National League One fixture with Rosslyn Park (KO 3pm).

The original tie back in March was postponed after heavy snow made travelling impossible for the London club.

Prop Dan Pullinger says Albion are up for the game after last weekend’s win over fifth-placed Blackheath.

He says: “I think we were more pleased with the first half than the second but you could see from the reaction of the boys after that it was probably one of the best games we have played.”

Named as the sponsor’s man of the match, the 23-year-old from Plymouth was delighted with the award: “It means a lot as I think it’s the first one I have received this year. It’s not something you expect, so to hear your name come over the tannoy is great but obviously it is not just one player who makes the difference. I am happy to receive it but I think the boys played outstandingly.”

This week’s opponents held Albion to a 26-26 draw when the two sides last met in November and Pullinger expects them to mount a similar challenge this time round.

“We know they are a tough team from when we played at their place, but it was a different kind of ground. They play on a 4G while ours is grass and I think we all know what this pitch can be like if it’s a bit muddy.

“We know they will bring a tough team as they have a good pack of forwards and like to play running rugby which is similar to us, so it will be a good battle.”

Despite the re-arranged fixture having no bearing on promotion or relegation standings for either club, the front row forward believes it is an important tie.

“I think for the fans with season tickets who pay to see 15 games of rugby, we need to fulfil it. We want to play rugby week in week out so we look forward to playing the fixtures and I think they should be played.”

“Finishing third is our last goal to hit.”

Celebrating 50 games for Plymouth Albion this Saturday is 22-year-old centre Dean Squire, who signed from South West Premier League side Brixham in 2016.

The former Ivybridge Community College pupil, who has represented Wales Students, is looking forward to lining up against Rosslyn Park at Brickfields.

He says: “It was a frustrating game up there on the 4G but we back ourselves at home and we are going to go out there, stick to our systems and game plan and take it to them.

“It is a really great honour to get to 50 caps. I have only been here for a couple of seasons but, being a Plymouth lad, getting 50 appearances for the team I supported as a child makes me really proud.”

The club is offering special deals for this and the final home game – on May 12 – for students and serving and former military personnel.

Students can gain ground entry for £7.50 on production of an NUS card, representing a saving of 50% off the usual price of £15, while serving and former military personnel can gain entry for £10 with valid ID, saving £5 off the usual price.

Plymouth Albion team to face Rosslyn Park at Brickfields on Saturday, May 5 (KO 3pm).

 15 Matt Shepherd, 14 Jordan Gott, 13 Dean Squire, 12 Robbie Weeks, 11 Harrison Cully, 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Cameron Setter, 1 Will Norton, 2 Jamie Salter, 3 Dan Pullinger, 4 Lewis Pearson, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 6 Dan Williams, 7 Flynn Elworthy, 8 Herbie Stupple.

Replacements

16 Luke Chapman, 17 Benjamin Phillips, 18 Jack Innard, 19 Luke Flack, 20 Joe Snow.