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Geoff Says

| 28/09/2018

Bridgwater and Albion director of rugby Geoff Sluman was naturally disappointed by his team’s result on Saturday.

“Obviously the result against Devonport Services was certainly not the one we wanted. We didn’t play poorly though and credit must go to Devonport Services who were enthusiastic in every aspect of the game.

“The wet and windy conditions did not help us and probably suited Services game plan more. We said before the match that we would have to be at our best and in all honesty we were not.

“We won’t be the last side with ambition that visit Services this season and comes away without a win. We scored two tries to their one and did go ahead on the scoreboard but we were always chasing the game.”

Once again the Albion fans travelled in numbers down to South Devon, something which Geoff particularly mentioned.

“We were fortunate to have strong support, and I know the players would like to recognize that. Its great to see so many of our own followers at away matches.”

Reflecting on Albion’s overall start to the season Geoff said: “After four matches of the season we are three points off the league leaders and sitting in third place in the table. Before the season started we would have said that would be a great place to be and it is, but we are slightly disappointed – that is a sign of the standards the squad and coaches are setting.

Regarding a couple of injuries that the team suffered Geoff said: “We have a couple of concerns but that is a part of rugby and we will manage the players concerned carefully. I will not say who they are as we don’t really want to give anything away to our opposition.

“We will not know if the players will be fit to play until Thursday night when we will make the final decisions on team selection for the next match. I am optimistic that all of the players who played on Saturday will be available for selection as hopefully there isn’t anything too serious. We may consider some squad rotations too as potentially we have several players being available again and that helps keep the competition for places up.”

This weekend the Albion host Coney Hill, who have had a slow start to the season and have not yet won a game. However, each week they look to have got stronger and only a single point to Teignmouth last week.

Geoff added: “We will learn from our result this week and look forward to our next match.”

Albion v Coney Hill kicks off at 3pm.

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