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Nah, we were rubbish


By Moorsman
September 27 2009

Albion fan "you were lucky", Chiefs fan "Nah, we were rubbish". This snippet of an overheard conversation set me thinking...

Match Review

Chiefs 30 Albion 24

Albion fan "you were lucky", Chiefs fan "Nah, we were rubbish".  This snippet of an overheard conversation set me thinking...

My initial thoughts after the match were along the lines of the Chiefs fan in question and had I written this shortly after full time would have reflected that.  However I've had time to mull it over and I can share a more considered opinion with you.  This isn't a review of the match but a look at things from the Chief's perspective.  But I will say how impressed I was with the way Albion's backs went about their business.

There's no doubt that any side needs an element of luck to gain victory but I think the Chiefs are showing evidence that 'the harder you work at something, the luckier you seem to get'.  We're just four games into the 'league' element of this season's Chamionship and almost all of the Chiefs squad who are available have had game time.  So, lots of changes in each match and we've managed four wins from four with Albion being the first opposition side to go away with a point from those games.  I believe the most important issue here is winning games.  This season is all about being able to win, as promotion to the Prem will rely on a side being able to win just one game, the final.  There is no way the Chiefs were 'rubbish' against Albion but there is certainly room for improvement.  I'm sure the coaches are well aware of this and are using the 'league' to determine the best combination of players.  The players will be looking to impress and improve as the season progresses.  After all there are a lot of new faces around who need to build an understanding of each other's strengths and weaknesses.

Regarding the Albion match here's a few observations...


  • Kicking - still too much of it and some of it appeared pretty aimless
  • Missed tackles - the 10 channel looked vulnerable and players seemed to be watching the runner instead of attacking him.
  • Knock on - ball retention in the tackle wasn't great and we spilled the ball too many times.
  • The line out still isn't firing on all cylinders.
  • Booing - never acceptable in my book.  Fans were frustrated at the refs actions or lack of! but let this continue on whilst the kick was in progress.  There was also some unmannered noise when Albion's 10 was approaching one of his kicks.  He may have the most unusual approach but fans need to respect this not take the micky.  Whilst I'm on this subject I think he may have problems on wet and boggy ground with this style?
  • The crowd seemed very 'flat' yesterday, not the usual passion of a Devon Derby.


  • Another win, four from four with lots of changes in the matchday squads.
  • We never really looked like losing
  • The scrum was solid as a rock.  I thought the ref did a good job here with only a few re-sets late in the game.  Perhaps he could show a few others how he manages this?
  • The backs showed great pace and a cutting edge.
  • Scaysbrook is great to watch and must be a right pain to play against.
  • Tui seems to have something of 'Chicken' about him when he's got the ball in hand.
  • Richie Baxter seems to be playing with great freedom since stepping down as captain.
  • Danny Gray kicked well and Steeno continued his near faultless kicking when he came on.
  • It was great to see Nic Sestaret back and clearly enjoying being on the field again.

What might be seen as a dissapointing performance is part of a developing team finding it's feet.  We'll no doubt see similar days but as long as we keep winning whilst improving I'll be a happy Chiefs fan. 

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Nah, we were rubbish (IP Logged)
27/09/2009 22:38
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Re: Nah, we were rubbish
clalan (IP Logged)
28/09/2009 07:35
I seems to be the Bristol view of their team, using this part of league to develop and improve.
Full of atmosphere in East terrace north, didn't hear the booing tho (shame on them).

Re: Nah, we were rubbish
Geronimo Jim (IP Logged)
28/09/2009 10:49
The above reflects my view almost perfectly (careful! it's a dangerous thing to be in concord with Geronimo!)

adamwhite Burnthouse Lane Chief
Re: Nah, we were rubbish
28/09/2009 12:53
Hi guys,

Its been a while since I posted so that usually means I have something to say so here it comes.

Firstly I understand the need for rotation keeping people match fit etc, but after watching saturdays game I would say that it should not be whole sale week in week out. Rotate the forwards by all means but unless people are injured then leave the backs alone.

Second, The club talked a lot about focussing on themselves game plan etc but whenever it comes to a derby that goes out the window and we get succered into a game that the ball would have more air miles than a travelling businessman if it were possible. Although like most people I will always be happy with the result this time I left the ground feeling a little hollow.

Re: Nah, we were rubbish
minuteman (IP Logged)
28/09/2009 14:00
Good Post Moorsman,
i certainly feel that the coaches are being streetwise in their selections week in - out, Sats game wasn't the strongest side we could have fielded but we got a win and gave fringe players some game time and the coaches would have looked at combinations of players too.
I think that next week you will see our strongest XV at Bris, and i'll bet that you'll more or less (bar injury) see them for Bedford and Pirates too.
The way the league now works, it gives teams the opportunity to rest players ,which if like last season where each game was a must win ,puts a strain on squad resources when your key players are injured.
The view from most i spoke with was Albion had 2 lucky(but well taken tries) which came from our mistakes, and even though we didn't look like we performed well, we still won the match.
I'll add to the debate on kicking too, if the idea is to put the reciever under pressure, aren't we supposed then to challenge in the air, Foster from Gloucester i thought was poor in this area and wasn't at the races for my money.
I did think that Emyr Lewis is Looking VFM, always happy to run at and ask questions of a defence.
I know that when our best XV are on the park, we've got the beating of anyone, i hope that they're all fit for this weekends showdown.
I'm sure that with a good win under our belts, attendances will pick up.
C'mon Exe.

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