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Albion Prepare for Second Straight Home Game – Albion v Richmond Preview

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For the second week running, Albion are at home as they get set to face off against Richmond in Match Day 22 of the 2023-24 season.

The Janners will look to recover from their second straight loss last weekend at the hands of a superb Chinnor side who extended their lead at the top of the division.

A relatively inexperienced Albion outfit put up an excellent fight up against the leaders. They shared possession evenly, while conceding fewer penalties on a day in which both sides entered the 22 nine times.

But it was a professional defensive display from the visitors that kept Albion out while clinically finishing off their own opportunities as they returned to Oxfordshire with five points.

But there was plenty to look back on and take into this weekend as positive forward momentum in our preparations for the fixture with Richmond; and another match day presents another opportunity to respond to the defeat.

Richmond have been in fine fettle in recent weeks. They recorded a victory over Sale in mid-February, before heading to Dockham Road and pushing Cinderford all the way in an entertaining 40-34 defeat.

They took a nine-point win last weekend at home over Blackheath in one of rugby’s oldest fixtures, so Richmond tails are certainly up as they prepare to make the journey down to Plymouth.

We’ll be looking to even the score over the Londoners on Saturday afternoon after Richmond claimed a 36-22 victory at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

Team News:

After a four-year injury lay-off, Scott Makepeace is finally set to return to competitive rugby as he starts in the second row alongside Jake Clemson, with Ramaz Rukhadze returning to the starting line-up.

Connor Eastgate is back after a short period on the side lines, and he comes in at Fly-Half as Tom Putt switches to Full-Back.

Paul Brown-Bambpoe is set to make his Plymouth Albion debut on the right wing having joined us on loan from the Exeter Chiefs, with Pita Ratukadreu moving into the centre in the absence of Seta Raumakita. Morgan Stone is on the left wing.

Pat Walton – who has impressed hugely during his starting spell – is in the replacement pool alongside Harry Wilkinson, Jenson Boughton, Torin Clarke and Bobby Wigginton.

The Team In Full:

  1. Ramaz Rukhadze
  2. Gabe Mead
  3. Dan Pullinger
  4. Scott Makepeace
  5. Jake Clemson
  6. Angus Hodges
  7. Jake Bond
  8. Brad Howe
  9. Jack Oulton ©
  10. Connor Eastgate
  11. Morgan Stone
  12. Archie Hill
  13. Pita Ratukadreu
  14. Paul Brown-Bampoe
  15. Tom Putt

Replacements:

  1. Harry Wilkinson
  2. Jenson Boughton
  3. Pat Walton
  4. Torin Clarke
  5. Bobby Wigginton
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