Sam Hocking is back on a try-scoring run for Plymouth Albion
AFTER a four-month drought Sam Hocking has rediscovered his try-scoring prowess in the last couple of weeks.
Hocking collected six tries in Albion's first six matches, but after scoring against Bedford on October 6, the Cornish forward's good run came to an end.
But Hocking has scored three times in the last two games, claiming one against Leeds and two against Rotherham last weekend.
"I have just been in the right place at the right time," he said. "It's hard work by all my team-mates."
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He added: "As a team I think we are playing a little bit better.
"I think there is a little bit less pressure on us now when we are in the red zone and I think we are scoring tries because of that."
All Hocking's tries this season have come from close range and his two last week came from line-out moves.
The former Launceston player admits the recent arrival of Colin Stewart as Albion's forwards coach has helped the team.
"The line-out has been a big plus," said Hocking. "Colin Stewart has come in and he has addressed points in our line-out.
"Everyone is buying into what he is saying and it (the line-out) seems to be working a little bit better now."
But Hocking knows it will be tested this weekend against an experienced Bedford pack that can boast former Albion player Ben Gulliver in the second-row.
"Playing Bedford at home is always a big test," said Hocking. "They are one of the top four sides in the league.
"They are a very good attacking side. They are particularly good on the counterattack, but we think we are defending quite well at the moment and attacking quite well.
"Although we have lost the last two games we have proved that we can play at quite a high standard and score tries."
Hocking says Albion do not want to make the same mistakes against Bedford as they did in October when they lost 55-17.
"It was a bit of a turning point for us," said Hocking. "We got off to such a good start in the season and we were probably a little bit under prepared for them. They (Bedford) were very clinical that day.
"They caught us on the counterattack quite a few times up there, so we have to be on our toes (tomorrow).
"But we are always pretty confident playing anyone at home.
"It is a big test for us, but it's one we are looking forward to.
"Hopefully, the weather will be nice.
"The weather has not helped us at home recently, so hopefully the sun will be out and we can get a few more people down."