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The Final Game of 2023 – Taunton v Albion Preview

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It has been an awesome year for rugby in Plymouth this year; we climbed from 11th to fifth last season, and our excellent start to the 2023-24 campaign has placed us third heading into the 14th game.

An incredible amount of hard work has gone in both behind the scenes and on the field to produce a fantastic 12 months of rugby, and are we thoroughly looking forward to what 2024 brings.

Before that though, there is one more game to play as we head towards the Christmas break, and it’s a big one. Our local rivals Taunton await us at Veritas Park on Saturday as we get set to play our first return fixture of the season.

We claimed victory in September over the Titans at the Brickfields by virtue of eight tries, but the 29 points of the visitors’ own in that encounter showed the level of competition they can bring to a game.

We should expect that this particularly be the case on Saturday afternoon; it will be a Devon showdown to see us out of 2023.

Taunton have scored 30 or more points in all of their last three games. They took an impressive victory away at Darlington Mowden Park before battling hard in tight defeats to Cinderford and Sale.

Our recent form has taken us to two wins over Birmingham Moseley and Sedgley Park, either side of a narrow defeat in a strong display at Rams. With both sides scoring highly and local bragging rights on the line, this is set to be another fantastic game of rugby between ourselves and the Titans.

Team News:

Jenson Boughton comes back into the side after missing last weekend’s win, while Tom Cowan-Dickie also returns to the starting line-up.

Hallam Chapman is back in the second row as he swaps with Brad Howe, and Sam Daly starts on his 59th and final appearance for the club. Torin Clarke will sit this week out; Jake Bond starts in his place.

Tom Putt returns to Scrum-Half, while Sonny Hirini is back in the starting line-up on the wing and Craig Duncan slots back into the Full-Back position.

Gabe Mead starts on the bench this week along with Callum Davies and Dan Collier, who returns having also missed out on the win over Sedgley last Saturday. Morgan Stone is the replacement Scrum-Half, with Bobby Wigginton again on the bench a week after making his competitive debut.

The Team In Full:

  1. Kye Beasley
  2. Tom Cowan-Dickie
  3. Jenson Boughton
  4. Jake Clemson
  5. Hallam Chapman
  6. Jake Bond
  7. Sam Daly ©
  8. Brad Howe
  9. Tom Putt
  10. Phil Jones
  11. Sonny Hirini
  12. Connor Eastgate
  13. Archie Hill
  14. Pita Ratukadreu
  15. Craig Duncan

Replacements:

  1. Gabe Mead
  2. Callum Davies
  3. Dan Collier
  4. Morgan Stone
  5. Bobby Wigginton
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