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Cushion and Co keeping cool despite red-hot start for Albion

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 25, 2012

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Irish scrum-half Ruairi Cushion insists none of the Plymouth Albion players are getting carried away by their impressive start to the season – even though he believes the team can get even better.

Albion, who have finished in the bottom four of the league for the last two seasons, have won three of their opening four matches and sit third in the Championship table.

Cushion said: "There is a good feeling at the moment in the club, but we still have a lot to work on and it is still early days in the competition so you won't see us getting carried away. We weren't happy with aspects of our game again.

"There is a lot still to work on, but the scary thing is we are still improving.

"The teams that we have played so far should count themselves lucky that they have played us now as we can kick on even further."

Cushion said it was particularly nice to win at Billesley Common after the club suffered three narrow defeats there last season in the league, play-offs and British & Irish Cup.

"We talked before the game about putting record books behind us," said Cushion.

"People said it was a bogey ground for us and talked about our away record last year, but we just wanted to say 'it doesn't matter'.

"We said to ourselves, 'we are a new team, we are playing a new brand of rugby, with a new coaching set-up and structure in the club – everything is new, so why should we not just go out and keep the momentum going?'

"What happened in the past should not matter."

All of Albion's wins this season have been by just one score, with their only defeat also by one score.

In both Saturday's match at Moseley and in their game against Leeds, Albion's opponents could have won the games had their goalkickers not missed kicks. But Cushion does not believe his side have been lucky.

"I think if you watch the game tapes back we have dominated most of the games," he said. "The scoreline says they have been tight, but we have considered ourselves the dominant side in every game and thoroughly deserved our wins.

"I think Saturday's performance and result showed that we are not just fluking these wins. We are going out and beating teams. We have been consistent in winning and it is on us to kick on now."

He added: "I think there was a bit of jet lag from last year, losing tight games and not knowing how to push on.

"So these first four games have built confidence and hopefully we will start winning games by bigger margins."

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