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Plymouth Albion are hoping to make it two victories on the spin for the first time since November when they take on Blackheath at the Utilita Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Having previously lost three on the bounce, the boys returned to winning ways last weekend by dispatching Cinderford 24-3, securing a well-earned bonus point in the process.

The four tries by Craig Duncan, Jesse Lowe, Jake Bond and Dan Collier saw Albion end a run that had seen them go just over a month without a win, while condemning Cinderford to their fourth straight defeat.

It was a useful win that enabled Ryan Lamb’s side to keep themselves firmly in the top four conversation as the conversation for places at the pointy end heats up at the business end of the season.

13 points behind fourth-placed Albion sit Blackheath, the side that had themselves been running high in the table in the early months of the campaign.

The last couple of weeks have been fantastic for our hosts this weekend. They travelled to Cinderford and grabbed a win at Dockham Road – a notoriously tough place to go – before brilliantly seeing off league leaders Chinnor last Saturday at home.

Back in November, tries from Ramaz Rukhadze, Sam Daly and Jack Oulton secured a 28-15 win over Saturday’s opponents.

It was our third win in a row over Blackheath having completed the double over them in the 2021-22 campaign. The latter of those encounters was decided by a last-gasp Harry Wilkinson winner, followed by Tom Putt’s nerveless conversion.

It is set to be another tough test for the Janners, who will travel on Friday evening before heading to the ground on Saturday afternoon.

Team News:

Brad Howe returns to the starting line-up in the only Forwards change this weekend, while Hallam Chapman is unavailable.

Morgan Stone makes his first start of 2024 on the left wing as Seta Raumakita moves back to the centre. Pita Ratukadreu is back on the right wing, while Jesse Lowe sits this weekend out.

Joe Snow is back with us for a week; he starts at Full-Back on Saturday. Dan Lilley has also joined Albion ahead of this weekend, and he’s on the bench.

The Team In Full:

  1. Harry Wilkinson
  2. Gabe Mead
  3. Jenson Boughton
  4. Jake Clemson
  5. Pat Walton
  6. Angus Hodges
  7. Jake Bond
  8. Brad Howe
  9. Jack Oulton ©
  10. Tom Putt
  11. Morgan Stone
  12. Archie Hill
  13. Seta Raumakita
  14. Pita Ratukadreu
  15. Joe Snow

Replacements:

  1. Tom Cowan-Dickie
  2. Ramaz Rukhadze
  3. Dan Pullinger
  4. Torin Clarke
  5. Dan Lilley
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