Plymouth Albion boss Nat Saumi has mixed feelings after defeat at Rotherham
PLYMOUTH Albion head coach Nat Saumi had mixed feelings after Saturday's game at Clifton Lane.
Saumi was full of praise for his team's performance against Rotherham but frustrated that once again they were unable to win.
Albion have lost nine of their last 10 league games, but, like against Leeds the previous week, they were agonisingly close to ending their losing streak in Yorkshire.
"The boys backed up their performance from last week (against Leeds) and gave another good performance," said Saumi. "We went from three tries to four tries.
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"We are still trying to get to the way we want to play, but it was good.
"However, the boys are really down because they gave so much but were rewarded with so little."
Despite not winning, Albion have looked a revitalised side in the last two matches after three months of toil.
So what has changed?
"For me, it's just the way we want to play," said Saumi, whose team did pick up two bonus points at Rotherham for scoring four tries and finishing within a score of their opponents.
"We sat down with the players (after the Moseley defeat) and we talked about what we wanted to do.
"Sometimes people working together every day can be on a different wave-length, but now I just call all the shots during the week and they (the players) just have to do it on Saturday.
"Before players would share their thoughts but now it is just my call. I say here is the skipper and you do it.
"It is so easy now and you can see how they (the players) feel.
"We are playing simple rugby. There are different structures we are putting in during the week and we are coming out and playing according to those structures."
In their last two games Albion have paid for slow starts. On Saturday they went 14-0 down and at Leeds they were 21-6 behind.
Saumi said: "When you go away, the home team always has the advantage. Sometimes we did not get the rub of it from the officials.
"But we know we can score tries and we can beat teams in this league on our day."
Despite playing well Albion still did not win and their long losing run continues.
But Saumi is confident they will end their wait for a first victory since November 9 soon.
"Myself and the players are frustrated, but that is part of life," said Saumi. "It (a win) will come and the players know that. You always get rewarded for hard work."
On what pleased him most on Saturday, Saumi said: "Just the joy of seeing the team playing the rugby they did and following the structures I put in place during the week. Plus seeing them playing with intensity and scoring tries."
The Albion coach, who also praised Paul Roberts's 100 per cent goal kicking display, insisted very few things disappointed him at Clifton Lane.
However, he still hopes to strengthen his squad this week.
Saumi is keen to sign former winger Nic Sestaret and fly-half/full-back Myles Dorrian on loan from Premiership club Exeter Chiefs.
But Albion's next opponents, Bedford, are also believed to be keen to sign Dorrian, who played for the Blues before moving to Devon.
When asked about strengthening his squad, Saumi, whose side have to take on two of the top three sides in the next fortnight, said: "We still have not sorted anything out, but we hope to finalise something this week."
ALBION'S Championship match at Bristol on Sunday, March 31 (4.05pm) is to be screened live on Sky Sports.
PLYMOUTH'S Henry Slade kicked five penalties but could not help England to victory over Ireland in the second round of the Under-20 Six Nations.
England, who had to play for nearly 60 minutes of the match in Ireland with 14 men after flanker Ross Moriarty was sent off, led for most of the game and were 9-3 and 15-6 up but a late Rory Scholes try, converted by Tom Daly, gave the home side a 16-15 victory.
Former Devonport Services youngster Jack Arnott started for England, as did Ivybridge College's Joel Conlon, former Ivybridge pupil Sam Hill and dual-registered Albion forward Luke Cowan-Dickie.