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Saumi pleased to register away victory after struggles on road of last season

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

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Nat Saumi is delighted his Plymouth Albion side have an away win in the bag after just four weeks of the season.

Last year Albion really struggled on the road and had to wait until April 1 to secure their one and only Championship away victory.

They claimed one in just their second trip of the season when they narrowly beat Moseley 24-22 at Billesley Common on Saturday thanks to tries by Sam Hocking (two) and Paul Bailey.

The win was Albion's third in four games and keeps them third in the table.

Saumi , who saw Albion narrowly lose three times at Billesley Common last year, said: "It is always tough to go to Moseley and tough to win anywhere away from home.

"I keep reminding the players that going away is just the same playground and they did well. I was really happy with what I saw. It was good to get that first away win early in the season. Hopefully, it will give the team a big boost."

Albion did not have as much possession or territory as Moseley, but Saumi said it was just important his team won.

"I think the team knew that. We just wanted that away win so we can push on into the season," he said. "It will give us confidence going away."

Albion, who led 14-10 at the break, spent a lot of the second period in their own half.

Saumi said: "When you go in at half-time and the home team are down you know they are going to come out firing for their supporters and officials.

"They [Moseley] gave everything. It was a home game for them and they wanted to win as they haven't won at home this season, but we did well."

Saumi added: "The most important thing I have been trying to instil into the players is to forget about points and just have confidence in playing rugby for 80 minutes.

"If you have to defend for 80 minutes you have to do it. If you have to attack for 80 minutes, you do it. At the end of the day, the result will take care of itself."

Albion looked to have the game won when Paul Bailey scored his side's third try to make it 24-15 with just injury-time to go.

Moseley hit straight back with a penalty try and there was still one more play for Albion to survive. Saumi said: "Credit to Moseley. They came back fighting and it made it a tough last ten minutes. But we came through, so it was good for the boys."

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