Plymouth Albion boss confident despite Esher defeat

Nat Saumi

Plymouth Albion boss Nat Saumi is confident that his best XV is ready for the relegation play-offs.

Albion finished Stage One of the Championship second-from-bottom.

They have won just two of their last 13 games, losing their last four and being defeated by London Scottish, Esher and Moseley, who they face in their fight against the drop.

But Saumi said: "I've got a rough idea of a healthy team which I know, coming into the play-offs, will play well."

He continued: "I'm really happy that most of the first XV that I know are ready for the play-offs and I'm really glad about that."

Albion lost heavily to bottom side Esher on Saturday and have a fortnight to prepare for their first play-off game with Moseley.

Despite the 41-17 loss, Saumi says there are still positives to take from the performance.

"We didn't take the early points that could have given us a cushion and some confidence going forward," Saumi told BBC Radio Devon.

"But the way we came back shows we can still play rugby, one of our tries we received kick-off and kept playing until we went up the other end and scored a try.

"The positive is that we know that we can still play rugby, keep the ball possession and convert it into points."