Plymouth Albion squad will stay tight, says prop Lloyd Fairbrother
PROP Lloyd Fairbrother insists the Plymouth Albion squad will stay tight for the remainder of the season.
Albion suffered their ninth consecutive league defeat at the weekend when they lost 19-15 to second-from-bottom Jersey.
And, following that loss, head coach/director of rugby Nat Saumi revealed he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Ninth-placed Albion have four games left and Fairbrother, dual-registered from Exeter Chiefs, says the players won't let recent events get to them.
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"We will stay tight as a group and stay tight with Nat and go and finish the season off," said the prop from Torpoint.
"We are going to keep working hard and just look forward to the next game.
"After Saturday, we just have to regroup and stay together, that's the main thing."
Fairbrother admitted last weekend's home loss to Jersey was particularly disappointing.
"It was very frustrating," he said.
"We came out and started really well and first half it was a close game.
"We had about 10 scrum resets towards the end of the first half but Jersey did not get anything out of it and we went in (at the break) with a good mentality and had a positive feeling that we were going to go out and really give it to them second half.
"But we leaked two quick tries straight away and then we were chasing the game.
"We do chase games well, but it slipped from us.
"We are feeling the pressure, but we are going to stay tight as a group."
Fairbrother said Albion could not have worked harder ahead of the Jersey game.
"I had been with the boys all week training and I know they had done some hard hours," he said.
"So it was a real shame to get the loss as I know how hard the boys are training.
"I come from Exeter and I see they (Albion) are training hard and they are not getting what they deserve. It is a real shame."
Fairbrother was the only front-row player to last the full match on Saturday.
Three of the six front-row forwards that started did not even finish the first half.
Fairbrother admitted it was a tough, physical game.
"That's what Jersey are all about," he said. "To be fair to them they do have a good set piece and the boys must have felt it.
"It was a tough game. There were ten (scrum) re-sets on the bounce. I know that is what props are paid to do, but it is very tough."