Albion trip falls victim to the big wet


Plymouth Albion against Jersey was called off at around 12noon today due to a partially saturated pitch and the continuing adverse weather in the UK, especially the South-West.

Both clubs had been keen to play the game, which is now likely to take place on Saturday March 15 (subject to RFU approval). Jersey have a free weekend next weekend (Feb 22/23) but Albion are already playing a rearranged match at Bristol.

It is only the second time in 11 seasons since Albion moved to Brickfields that a game has been lost to the weather - Jersey's Harvey Biljon was involved that day too, as it was his former club Cornish Pirates who were frozen off on Boxing Day 2010.

Jersey and Albion had been set to play their fifth Championship contest of the past two seasons, with the score currently locked at two-apiece.

The Islanders did the double over the men from Devon last season, but had the favour returned by the time the current season was six weeks old.

Albion's main concern this season has been home form, with no league win at Brickfields all season until the final weekend of January. That was the day it all clicked and high-flying London Welsh were downed by 36-15.

Last weekend, Jersey were focusing on a thriller at St Peter, with victory over Nottingham achieved by Jack Burroughs' try in the final move of the game. Albion were at the RAG taking on London Scottish in a game of three thirds: hosts go 19-0 up in 35 minutes; visitors score four tries (Stevens, Mugford, Warner, Langley) to take a 19-27 lead; Exiles hit back with three more tries to seal a topsy-turvey 38-27 win.

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Jersey would have lined up as follows:

Backs (15-9)
Jack Burroughs
Grant Pointer
Drew Locke
Mark McCrea
Mark Foster
Aaron Penberthy
Jimmy Williams

Forwards (1-8)
Sean McCarthy
Elvis Taione
Nick Selway
Nick Campbell
James Voss
Alex Rae (capt)
Joe Buckle
Latu Makaafi

David Felton
Jon Brennan
Sam Lockwood
Dave Markham
Joel Dudley
Niall O'Connor
Ed Dawson

Plymouth would have lined up as follows, with new signing Jared Saunders coming straight into the starting XV:

15 Dan Mugford, 14 Tom Bowen, 13 Toby Howley-Berridge, 12 Heath Stevens, 11 Lewis Warner, 10 Declan Cusack, 9 Paul Rowley, 1 Martin Rice, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 4 Brett Beukeboom, 5 Ien Ascroft-Leigh, 6 Rob Langley, 7 Sam Matavesi, 8 Rhys Oakley capt

Replacements: 16 Davy McGregor, 17 Dave Morton, 18 Tom Harrison, 19 Eoghan Grace, 20 Pale Nonu, 21 Richard Bolt, 22 Chris Elder

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Bottom side Ealing have yet to claim a point at home in the league this season, and would have been desperate for a win and four points against a Bedford side who've been somewhat erratic this season. But the game has also fallen victim to the weather.

Rotherham will hope to bounce back from defeat to the league leaders and pull clear of their opponents London Scottish. Few would give Moseley and Nottingham much chance of beating Leeds and Bristol respectively, and Round 16 concludes with the Sky TV clash between the Pirates and London Welsh.

Friday February 14
Ealing v Bedford 19:45 - OFF

Saturday February 15
Rotherham v London Scottish 14:00
Plymouth Albion v Jersey 15:00 - OFF

Sunday February 16
Leeds v Moseley 15:00
Nottingham Rugby v Bristol Rugby 15:00
Cornish Pirates v London Welsh 15:45 (Sky Sports HD)

And Finally

Sue Trower was able to catch one of the season's more amusing images when Plymouth visited Jersey in October. As Tom Brown scored the Islanders' late try, referee Martin Fox lost his balance and went into Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks mode, including (or so it appeared) being bashed on the head by his assistant's touch flag. It was all too much for the man in the brown jumper at the back, who seemingly decided that, even though he'd paid his £15, he'd prefer plane-spotting to rugby.

Fox Dance

At the time of writing the weather looked set to scupper most of the rugby involving Channel Island teams. However Jersey Athletic's Zoo Shield game with Henley Bulls is set to go ahead on pitch 5 at St Peter, and there may also be JRA rugby with LQ set to play Beeches at Les Quennevais, but a case of watch this space as the match not yet confirmed. Banks v HMP Panthers is off. On Sunday Jersey Colts travel to Trojans.

Sorry there's not much left of it, but enjoy your weekend's rugby...



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