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Geoff Says

| 12/10/2018

Geoff Sluman the director of rugby at Bridgwater and Albion returned from Keynsham a happy man after seeing his side notch up their third away victory of the season and claim the full five points.
“Away wins are always important and at Keynsham we picked up the full five points by scoring four tries which makes it even more valuable. As we thought it would be, it was a closely contested encounter though and we had to play well to win. It was a potential “banana skin” where we could have easily slipped but we learned the lessons from our last away match and performed well.
However it was far from plain sailing for the Albion.
“We had to manage a few things during the game with scrum half Tom Fournier d’Able and tight head prop Craig Coleman both coming off injured in the first half. Obviously, every position is important but those two are critical ones, however the players are developing the depth and capability and they managed the positional shuffles well.
“We did the right thing and protected the injured players too so I am confident both will be fit for our next match. To be honest, both could have returned to the field during the match but we felt it important not to take a chance.
“The game swung with periods of time when each team was in the ascendancy, I was really pleased because at the times when we were on top we were accurate in our deployment of what we were trying to do, and then when we were under pressure we managed the game well.
“It was helpful to test ourselves against a good team too, because at the start of the day Okehampton were in the league’s top spot and Keynsham lost to them by only four points so we knew that our hosts were a capable team.
“With other results going our way this victory sees us move into second place in the table. Launceston are now top and we are only one point behind them, which will make our next league match interesting because we host them on Saturday 20th October.
Albion are without a game this coming weekend as Geoff explained.
“On Saturday we were scheduled to play in the Somerset Cup but we have now been awarded a bye to the next round so we do not have a game. We will not waste the time though and the coaching team have already designed our training schedule around that to give us the opportunity to work on areas we want to develop.”
Geoff added: “I am proud of the way the team has been performing and am also encouraged by the result the second team achieved last week winning against Castle Cary in Somerset One – that was an important result for us too.”

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