Albion in a pitch battle after loss at Headingley
PLYMOUTH Albion have confirmed they have lodged a formal appeal to the RFU over the result of their match at Leeds last weekend.
Albion lost the Championship game 34-16.
However, Albion felt the result was affected by the decision of referee Matthew Carley to go to uncontested scrums after less than 15 minutes of the game due to the state of the new Headingley pitch.
The news of Plymouth's appeal comes in the wake of an RFU announcement they are reviewing the circumstances that led to the fixture going to uncontested scrums.
A statement from the Championship club said: "Plymouth Albion has confirmed that they have raised an appeal to the RFU following their away Championship League fixture against Leeds Carnegie.
"The match was moved to uncontested scrums after only 14 minutes by referee Matt Carley due to the instability of the playing surface."
Plymouth Albion chairman Graham Stirling stated in the press release: "We have decided, after much inward reflection, to raise an appeal against the outcome of the match due to the unexpected move to uncontested scrums because of the unstable surface at Headingley.
"We are heartened by the announcement by the RFU that they are independently investigating the events of Sunday, January 6.
"Albion went to Headingley ready and prepared to play a physical game of rugby against a very experienced Leeds side.
"Due to the changes of the dynamics of the game as a result of the decision to have uncontested scrums, we feel that the final result did not reflect the readiness of Albion to play their best rugby."
Stirling confirmed he had consulted with the RFU about the complexity of making such an appeal and after lengthy discussions with all interested parties the appeal was formally lodged with the RFU.
Albion now have to wait for the RFU to conduct their investigations.
Meanwhile, Rotherham Titans have been forced into making 10 changes for today's British & Irish Cup game against Albion at Brickfields (3pm).
Rotherham suffered a number of injuries picked up in last week's Championship match against Nottingham.
Along the Titans back line a new centre pairing of Joel Gill and Pale Nonu come in for the injured pair of Eamonn Sheridan and Lee Blackett.
Mike Doneghan returns on the wing, but Jimmy Williams' knee injury prevents him from travelling, so Charlie Mulchrone will start at scrum-half.
In the pack there is an entire new front row with Jamie Kilbane, Dan Baines and Gareth Denman coming in; Ross Davies is unavailable due to a shoulder injury.
Dan Sanderson comes back into the second row, while Joe Ellyatt gets the nod at open side flanker with Carl Kirwan ruled out with a back injury. Alex Rieder's shoulder injury sidelines him, so Rory Pitman will start in the number eight jersey.