PLYMOUTH Albion centre Marc Koteczky has described Saturday’s home clash against third-placed Blackheath as ‘the biggest match of the season so far’.
Albion go into the National One game sitting just one point behind their London opponents.
A victory for Graham Dawe’s side could take them into the top three with just five matches of the season to go.
Australian Koteczky is hoping to be back in Albion’s side after missing their impressive 24-17 victory at Darlington Mowden Park due to suspension after getting sent off for retaliating against Henley Hawks.
“I think it is going to be a cracking game on Saturday,” said Koteczky. “I’m really looking forward to it.
“It’s probably going to be the biggest game of the season so far, certainly for me after missing the last match. I want to come back and sort of redeem myself as I feel bad that I missed the last game.
He added: “I have paid my punishment. I have been training with the guys and I am ready to go, if picked.
“It was frustrating to miss the last game but, at the end of the day, you can’t do what I did. You have to pay the price.
“I was just happy for the boys that we got the win.”
Albion have won 12 of their last 13 matches and Koteczky says the team want to keep their run going until the end of the season.
“There’s everything to play for now,” he said. “We are really looking forward to the last six games, especially with the weather starting to get a bit better as well.”
Albion lost 34-3 to Blackheath in London in November. That is their biggest defeat of the season, but since then they have only been beaten once.
Koteczky said the Plymouth team would like to prove a point this weekend after what happened at Rectory Field.
“A few players have mentioned how when we played up at Blackheath our preparation was not as good as what we have been doing,” said Koteczky. “We do feel we are better as a squad now and we are playing better.
“We feel after the last month of rugby that can give them a good crack. We are in form at the moment.”
The players are hoping there will be a big crowd at Brickfields on Saturday.
“There’s only a few home games left, so the club are doing everything they can to try and get numbers on the gate,” he said.
You can bid to try and buy Koteczky’s shirt this weekend and help raise money for charity. The shirt will have his name on its back and will be signed. You can bid HERE