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Albion Look for Bounce Back vs Lions

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After tasting defeat for the first time at home this season last weekend, Plymouth Albion head to Leicester on Saturday looking for a response.

Four tries from Darlington Mowden Park was a clinical answer to Albion registering the opening two scores of the game from Jack Oulton and Hallam Chapman, as the Durham-based outfit exacted revenge after the reverse fixture in September.

But this Albion side has shown exemplary fight after each of their five defeats of the season so far; not once in 2023-24 have we succumbed to two consecutive losses.

This is a trend we will be looking to maintain against a Leicester Lions side that showed no shortage of spirit when they came to the Brickfields earlier in the campaign. They are on impressive form too. Leicester have won all of their last three, including their two trips to London after the break against Blackheath and Richmond.

Their timely run has seen them climb above Bishop’s Stortford and into 11th in National League 1; they sit just a single point behind 10th-placed Cinderford. A more confident and stronger Lions team away from home will not be a small challenge to overcome.

We have taken victory in three away fixtures so far this term, all of which coming in the first three months of the season – this weekend would be as good a time as any to add a fourth.

Team News:

Gabe Mead comes in for his first start of 2024, and Dan Collier is also back in the second row alongside Jake Clemson.

Tom Putt re-joins the first 15 having been on the bench last week as Connor Eastgate sits out match day 17, and Alex Ducker starts on the left wing having returned on loan from Camborne. Jesse Lowe moves to Full-Back.

Harry Wilkinson will go from the bench on Saturday, while Callum Davies and Jake Bond also return to the match day squad as replacements. Jamin Hoffmann will make his competitive debut for the club if he comes off the bench.

The Team in Full:

  1. Ramaz Rukhadze
  2. Gabe Mead
  3. Dan Pullinger
  4. Dan Collier
  5. Jake Clemson
  6. Angus Hodges
  7. Torin Clarke
  8. Brad Howe
  9. Jack Oulton ©
  10. Tom Putt
  11. Alex Ducker
  12. Archie Hill
  13. Seta Raumakita
  14. Pita Ratukadreu
  15. Jesse Lowe

Replacements:

  1. Harry Wilkinson
  2. Callum Davies
  3. Jake Bond
  4. Morgan Stone
  5. Jamin Hoffman
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