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Geoff Says

| 07/04/2019

Geoff Sluman the Albion’s director of rugby was pleased with the way that his players rose to the challenges that they faced during their final away match against Teignmouth, which they eventually got a bonus point win from.

“The game against Teignmouth was one of the most challenging. I don’t really know how, because it feels like they are far too good to me, but Teignmouth were relegated from the league last weekend. It is now impossible for them to stay in the league. That made them very dangerous when we played them. With this being their last game at home they were desperately wanting to put in a good performance so were attacking everything from everywhere. They never really had anything to lose so just went for it whereas we were still looking for results.

“The flow of the game was impacted by several lengthy stoppages due to injuries. All of the players finished the day safe but two separate ambulances were needed which stopped the game for long periods. In addition other injuries occurred that also required lengthy stoppages. Of course we wish all players, from both sides, a speedy recovery and all the best.”

Geoff went on: “Because of all of the injury changes we finished the game with both of our starting flankers on the wing, our starting full back at scrum half, our starting second rows in the back row and our front row replacements in the second row. Despite all of that, and Teignmouth throwing everything they had at us we achieved a bonus point win away from home. It was another experience this group of players will learn from.I am impressed with their motivation to work hard and win.

” I am convinced others may have slipped to a defeat with the challenges we faced but our players just dug deep and were volunteering to play out of position for the good of the team and some capped it off with great performances.”

On Saturday Albion play their last game of the season when they entertain Thornbury at College Way kick off 3pm.

“Thornbury put in a very good performance last Saturday narrowly loosing away at high flying second placed Launceston by just three points. So I can confirm that it is so true when people say “there are no easy games in this league”. Both teams will be wanting to end the season on a high so I am sure both will be going for it.”

“Our second team are also playing at home against Tor RFC who are so far this season are unbeaten and we are looking to get an early kickoff for that game so there is lots of rugby to watch.

Geoff added: “In addition to that we also have the Friends of Bridgwater & Albion dinner before the first team game. It should be a great atmosphere during the day, everyone is welcome so please come along and support if you can.”

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