Ben Rogers hopes he can keep his Plymouth Albion place
BEN ROGERS is hoping he has done enough to keep his place in Plymouth Albion's starting line-up.
The 20-year-old prop was handed his first Championship start on Sunday when Albion lost 28-26 to Leeds at West Park.
He, alongside fellow front-rowers Jon Vickers and David Morton, played the full 80 minutes of that game as Albion came back from 21-6 down to nearly snatch their first league win in three months.
Rogers, who had only played 38 minutes of Championship rugby before Sunday's game, enjoyed his full league debut, even though Albion could not sneak the win.
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"I thought it was really, really good," he said.
"I really enjoyed it.
"I was glad to get a full 80 minutes. I have not had 80 minutes for quite a while, so it was good to stay out there and get a blow-out."
He added: "It was a shame we did not win.
"But this week was a fresh start for us. We went to Leeds wanting to put in a good performance and I think we did.
"Defensively I thought we were outstanding. We worked for each other and made hits and drove them backwards.
"In attack I thought we were a lot better. We were playing with more width and pace and doing more off-loads.
"The performance was really good. It was just such a shame we did not win.
"We got a bonus point, which is something we did not get last time."
Albion could have dual-registered props Lloyd Fairbrother and Alex Brown available for this coming weekend's game at Rotherham, but Rogers does not want to give up the shirt he has waited so long to get.
"Next week we have got Rotherham away, which is another tough match," said the Devonian forward.
"Hopefully, I have done enough to keep my place."
He added: "As a team we just have to push to try to get a win up there.
"If we play like we did on Sunday then we can definitely push Rotherham and hopefully get the win.
"It (Sunday's performance) was definitely a lot more positive than the last few games.
"I think it is onwards and upwards from here."
Leeds had looked it total control on Sunday, but the game changed at the break with Albion dominating the second period.
Even when Leeds went 28-19 up with just minutes to go, Albion scored a late try to pull to within two points and then nearly added another to win the match with the last play of the game.
Rogers said: "We made the break and I thought we might be in to score a last minute try, but it just did not come.
"But we did show we have got attacking flare. We wanted to score and we were not as conservative as we were the week before.
"Like I said, we just have to push on from here."
He added: "We never let off on Sunday. We all worked for each other. We made tackles and backed each other up.
"There seemed to be a buzz about us, which was good to see.
"It was disappointing not to win but we were proud of our performance.
"There are obviously a few things to work on, but we will do that during training and hopefully we can get a win next week."
ALBION have been linked with loan moves for experienced Exeter backs Nic Sestaret, Myles Dorrian and Mark Foster.
The transfer deadline is at the end of this month and Albion coach Nat Saumi has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his back options, particularly at full-back and fly-half.
Albion currently have seven players dual-registered from Exeter. If they did sign Sestaret, Dorrian and Foster, Albion would only be able to play three of the dual registered players in the same team as them.
The Cornish Pirates were also reported to be interested in the Exeter trio, who have found first team opportunities limited at Sandy Park this season.