Plymouth Albion / Rugby

Judge wishes Albion were playing this weekend after back-to-back wins

Christian JudgePLYMOUTH Albion prop Christian Judge admits he would like to be playing this weekend.

Albion, like most clubs around the country, are without a fixture due to the Rugby World Cup final.

It means Plymouth have to wait until next Saturday when they travel to Henley Hawks to try and make it three wins in a row after bonus-point victories over Cinderford and Blaydon.

“It’s nice to have a rest, but personally I would be more than happy to play a game this weekend,” said Judge. “I don’t like not playing, but I suppose it does give your body a bit of time to rest and we can come back fresh next week for Henley.”

Prop Judge says Albion would love to keep their winning run going when they do return to action at Dry Leas.

“Absolutely,” he said. “You always have to target a win, but definitely on the back of two good games. We want to take that momentum forward.

“Now we have got two in a row, I’m certainly hungry for more.”

Judge joined Albion in the summer from Launceston. The city club completely rebuilt their squad following their relegation from the Championship, with only four players remaining who spent the whole of the previous season at the club.

The 22-year-old tight-head prop does feel Albion are now beginning to settle as a side.

“The first few game we were coming together as a team, but personally I have noticed over the last few games we are starting to gel a lot better,” said Judge. “We are playing our systems more.

“I certainly feel much more settled and I’d say that is quite a common held feeling.”

Judge has started six of Albion’s eight league games, but he is not taking anything for granted with Dan Pullinger pushing him hard for the number three jersey.

“You can never become complacent,” he said. “I have been happy so far. It is always nice to start and I’m just very thankful I have been given an opportunity.

“Me and Pully (Dan Pullinger) work together a lot. We are always talking about things we can improve on.”

He maybe only be 22, but Judge is the oldest of Albion’s specialist props. Pullinger is 20 years-old, while Ollie Dawe, who has started seven out of Plymouth’s opening eight games at loose-head, is just 18.

“It is a pretty young front-row in comparison to most teams in the league,” said Judge. “But as a front-row player it’s good to play National One and get that experience.

“Every prop has always said to me that the only way you get better is by playing against different props and learning.”

Albion’s props maybe young, but the team have been scrumming well in the last few games.

“It has been positive so far,” said Judge. “The thing with scrummaging is that you just have to keep focusing on technique.

“But I have been pleased so far. These past few games I feel it has gone pretty well, but you can never underestimate who you are going to come up against next.

“We do a lot of practice and that definitely helps.”


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