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Kieran Hallett, Head Coach of Plymouth Albion  during the National Division One match between Birmingham Moseley Rugby v Plymouth Albion at Billesley Common, Birmingham, Midlands, UK on 11th March 2017. - PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Kieran Hallett says that his teams performance against Birmingham Moseley was up there with the best of the season as his side eased to a 26-47 win.

Albion scored four first-half tries to put themselves 26-0 up at the halfway stage. Kieran’s side were dominant throughout the first-half and in the second-half kept Moseley at arms length to stop any potential comeback, which pleased their coach who rated their performance highly.

“Much more like it,” said Kieran of his team’s performance. “Our attitude was right. We played in the right areas of the pitch. We did what we said we were going to do. Performance-wise that was right up there with one of the best of the season.

“We stuck to the task. We did everything that we said we were going to do. The boys applied themselves very well and we have come away and got a five point win away from home against a very good side.

“The first 20 was probably as perfect as we could have done it really. We just did everything we had talked about in the week. We stayed on script and played at a tempo that was fast but we were comfortable with. I think the last few weeks we were guilty of trying to play too quick and forcing things a little bit. We did that again at times today but when we went back to what we talked about we got it spot on.”

Kieran’s side had four changes from last week but there were also some positional changes. Albion coped with the changes seamlessly and rushed into an early lead and then showed some resilience in the second-half to keep Birmingham Moseley’s hopes of a comeback under wraps.

“Eight in a row now,” said Kieran. “I am really proud of the group of players we have got. They are fantastic. Anything that gets thrown at them. Two back-rowers down the centre this week? Ah, well we’ll just get on with it, and we did. They applied themselves really well and we got a great result.”

Kieran moved Matt Shepherd from full back to scrum-half and Matt was impressive in his new role.

“He did really well,” said Kieran. “I thought he brought a lot to the table. He allowed us to play at a tempo that was good for us. He went a little bit individual in the second-half. Considering he has not played there all season, to go in and do a job like that was very good.”

By Haden Tye