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POLL: Claiming back-to-back wins is ‘satisfying’ says Albion boss Dawe

Albion v Cinderford

PLYMOUTH Albion’s director of rugby Graham Dawe admitted claiming back-to-back league wins was ‘satisfying’.

Albion backed up their 38-33 away victory at Blaydon with a 27-15 home success over Cinderford on Saturday.

It was the first time since early 2014 that Albion had won two consecutive matches.

Graham DaweDawe was happy his team claimed the full five points but felt they could have made it easier for themselves.

“We were really delighted with the majority of our performance,” said the Albion boss.

“Winning the toss and playing with the wind gave us a bit of momentum and a bit of a head of steam.

“Our tactical kick game first half was very good. We found the back field well and were able to challenge their line-out a bit and we got a bit of a lead.

“But we were never comfortable throughout the game and that was the most frustrating thing. However, it’s better to be frustrated than disappointed.”

Albion went 15-0 after 19 minutes but were unable to kick-on.

“It was the same as last week,” said Dawe. “But it is easier said than done.”

Dawe though was pleased his team did back up their Blaydon win with another, which is what he had asked for ahead of Saturday’s match.

“It is satisfying, but things change a lot in 14 days,” said Dawe, who team do not play again until November 7 when they travel to Henley.

He added: “As a coaching set-up we don’t really look at whether we have won two games in a row or not, we are just trying to be consistent in our plays. If that results in wins, then great, but we are just looking to tidy up our game and be more consistent. Hopefully that will bring rewards.”

Albion had lost 38-12 to Esher in their last home match and Dawe has been encouraged with how his young team have responded to that loss.

“The Esher game gave us a massive wake-up call,” said Dawe. “Full credit to the players they have wanted to work hard in this last two weeks and work extremely hard at weekends.

“We just want to continue playing our systems, trying to get good field position, tidy up our defensive game, our set piece game is becoming more and more consistent, but there are a lot of good teams who are going to challenge us.

“Between now and our next game we have to make sure our set piece game is even better, our defensive game is even more aggressive and our attacking game is more disciplined.”



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