1st XV Match Preview V Plymouth Albion (Away) Sat 05/02/2011 



by Joe Heaton

Plymouth Albion
v Moseley, RFU Championship,
Saturday, 5th February 2011 k.o 3.00 pm


After three successive home matches resulting in three consecutive wins (two in the B & I Cup and one in the Championship), the Moseley faithfull will set off on Saturday on one their longest journeys to play Plymouth Albion, a club which, early in the season, beat us at home by 22-36.

The present positions of the two clubs in the Championship are:

                        P       W       D       L       F       A       Bpts       Pts       Pos

Plymouth            19      6       1        12     322   449      6           32          8th

Moseley             19      4        2       13     354   622      3           23        11th 

Last season Plymouth finished eighth in the league, just above Moseley after a last gasp win away at Doncaster the last coveted play off spot.

Last weekend, as a consequence of Bristol’s excellent win over London Welsh, Plymouth joined B’ham & Solihull, Moseley and Esher in the four relegation play-off places.

Last Saturday Plymouth lost away at Doncaster by 27-16, whilst Moseley beat Birmingham & Solihull at Billesley Common by an impressive 42-16.

In assessing the outcome of this match, which Moseley squad will travel down to the West Country on Saturday? Will it be the team that played without much discipline in the first half against the unimpressive Bees, or will it be the rejuvenated group of players which scored four more scintillating tries and a magnificent drop goal in the second?

Last Saturday the Moseley players were positive and determined whilst their opponents, especially in the second half, seemed to be drained perhaps from the number of games they have had to play recently. If Moseley can maintain that confidence and form throughout the play-offs, all should be well.

Plymouth Albion Rugby Club was formed in 1876 by a group of apprentices from the dockyard. Rather than take the name ‘Devonport’, such was their enthusiasm and confidence that they called the club ‘Plymouth’ and added ‘Albion’ to emphasise British patriotism in a predominantly naval area.  Indeed the club’s supporters still rouse their teams to action with the ‘Plymouth Drum’.

The club moved into Brickfields Stadium at Brickfields Recreation Ground in 2003-2004, back to its Devonport roots after 84 years at Beacon Park. Home gates regularly exceed three thousand - and well over five thousand for the games against the Cornish Pirates. Plymouth’s Director of Rugby is the well known Graham Dawe.

Trips down to the West Country are always eagerly anticipated by the travelling supporters and Moseley can be guaranteed a warm welcome both on and off the pitch although the former will undoubtedly be a lot hotter than the latter!


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