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Geoff Says….

| 12/11/2018

Bridgwater and Albion director of rugby Geoff Sluman was a happy man after the way his side played against Newent on Saturday afternoon.“The win against Newent was an important result for us, the win puts us back up to fourth place in the league, just one point behind the third placed team. Probably more importantly though, it was a little bit of a bounce back as we needed a response following our previous two losses in our last games against Lydney and Launceston.

“Newent won both the home and away fixtures last season. They have already beaten Okehampton this season and the Devon side are currently in second place in the table. Newent also beat Lydney who we lost to last time out, so we knew it was going to be a really tough test.

“The way we started the game was impressive, we controlled the game and I thought we played very intelligently by kicking at the right times and handling the ball at the right times. Not only that, but when we did both, we did them well. “However, Newent were certainly not letting us have things all our own way and they really came back into the game. It can’t be described as one of the prettiest games but I am really pleased the way we played. I am convinced that in previous seasons we would have succumbed to the pressure Newent put us under and the way the 18 players responded was a credit. I deliberately say 18 players because the three replacements played their full part in the game.”Looking ahead to the Albion’s next fixture the Director of Rugby said:“We are right back to things this week with our local derby with North Petherton RFC. We play that on Friday night with kick off at 19:30 away at North Petherton.” 

This time the local derby will have an extra ingredient added in as Geoff explained: “Playing the local derby is always special, playing on a Friday night under the lights also adds a bit extra. This fixture though has even more, because Bridgwater & Albion and North Petherton were drawn against each other in the Somerset Cup so it has been agreed that the result of Friday night’s fixture also counts as the result for the Somerset Cup game – that adds even more.  

Geoff added: “A good local derby is good for both clubs and good for rugby in the area, we are expecting and encouraging a big crowd so that will be a good experience for all of the players too. I would like to say good luck to all of the players, I hope they all enjoy the occasion.”

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