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The Geoff Griffiths column

Geoff Griffiths
I will be in the stands trying to cheer the lads on as loud as my metal jaw will allow!

My first taste of the Devon derby certainly proved to be an eventful one for me.

While relishing the great atmosphere, intense competition and local rivalry, my afternoon was cut drastically short in the 23rd minute when I took the ball into contact and shattered my jaw.

In games such as these, the adrenaline can really get flowing and I tried to carry on, refusing to believe I was hurt.

After a couple of extra minutes I consulted the physio and doctor and was firmly told that was the end of my afternoon.

I had my jaw reconstructed on Sunday afternoon, after 24 hours of being drugged up to the eyeballs on a wide range of painkillers.

Luckily the surgeons have done a great job and despite having a substantial amount of metal in my face I am looking less like a hamster every day!

With two of Exeter's tries coming late in the game I think it is fair to say the scoreline flattered them a little and should take nothing away from the effort put in by our boys throughout the match.

Sometimes lady luck is not on your side and, had a couple of things come off, it could have been a different story.

Despite this, I feel it is of little use focussing on "ifs" and "buts" of a past game and after watching the video, it has to be said there are many positives we can take as a team from our performance at the weekend.


Our commitment and enthusiasm were both great and if we can carry that forward throughout the season, while tightening up on a few technical areas, I am sure we will produce some great results to go with the performances.

With 6,871 fans packed in to Brickfields at the weekend, the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic.

Running out and knowing that the vast majority of supporters were cheering you on was a great feeling and very inspiring.

Since arriving at Albion I have been very impressed with the support we receive week-in-week-out from a passionate, dedicated and friendly fan base.

I have been made to feel very welcome by people when talking on a one-to-one basis.

Equally inspiring is the support we receive on our away trips.

Moseley will be a tough test and have proved a banana skin for many sides but with the character we showed on Saturday I'm sure the boys will do the job

Geoff Griffiths

The number of Albion supporters at Otley - the longest trip of the year - was great to see and the fact we gave them something to cheer about made coming away with the win even more satisfying.

Looking forward to this weekend, Moseley will be a tough test and they have proved a banana skin for many sides.

But with the character we showed on Saturday, the skills we know we have and the continued support of our noisy fans I'm sure the boys will do the job.

As for me, I will be in the stands trying to cheer the lads on as loud as my metal jaw will allow!

see also
Plymouth Albion 14-41 Exeter
12 Oct 08 |  Rugby Union

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