Fairbrother eyes clash with Cornish Pirates
LLOYD FAIRBROTHER is hoping he has done enough to keep his place in Plymouth Albion's starting line-up for this weekend's West Country derby against his former club the Cornish Pirates.
The Torpoint prop made his debut for Albion last Saturday in their 27-22 opening day Championship win over Doncaster.
He played the full 80 minutes of the match at Brickfields.
And now the 20-year-old, who is dual registered with Albion from Premiership club Exeter Chiefs, wants to feature against the Pirates at Mennaye Field on Sunday.
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Fairbrother spent last season on a dual registered agreement at the Pirates.
However, he only made one league start for them, although he did make nine replacement appearances.
"They had some good props, like Alan Paver, but I learned a lot down there even though I didn't play much," said Fairbrother, who also played for Redruth earlier in his career.
"They were a great bunch of boys and I am looking forward to this weekend.
"It will be really good to play against them.
"If we can get on top of them in the scrum and prove a point, it would be brilliant for me."
Fairbrother certainly enjoyed his full debut for Albion – the club he supported as a kid.
"It was brilliant," he said.
"It was nice to play at Brickfields. I used to come and watch as a young boys, so it is good now playing here with the boys.
"I really enjoyed it (Saturday). It was a good game."
Albion did make hard work of the win.
They had been 27-14 up but then allowed Doncaster back into the match and had to survive a few nervous moments.
"We have got little bits we can improve on," said Fairbrother.
He added: "About 10 minutes from the end (of Saturday's game) there was a change in momentum.
"They (Doncaster) brought a couple of boys on – some big lads – and they were buzzing for it.
"But we just put our heads down and tried to hold out until the end.
"We started well, really well, and that put us through."
Fairbrother admitted he had a lot of support inside Brickfields for his league debut.
"My mum and dad were watching, well all my family were, which was good," said Fairbrother.
The prop went to Torpoint Community College before moving to Truro College at 16 years of age to play rugby.
And when he is training and playing for Albion he commutes from Torpoint.
However, he stays up at Exeter when the Chiefs want him to train there for the full week.
Fairbrother was certainly pleased to get the nod to start Albion's first match of the season.
"It was my goal all pre-season just to play really well," he said.
"Morts (David Morton) is a real good prop and Jack Andrew has done well, but I felt I'd had a good pre-season.
"My goal was to just come down here and show my scrumming ability, do what they (Albion) want off me and just try to improve and impress the coaches as much as I could."
As well as hoping to become a regular at Albion, Fairbrother is bidding to feature in A League matches for Exeter and hopefully play in some of their LV=Cup matches.