Plymouth Albion prop Andrew keen to move on from Bristol brawl saga
Plymouth Albion prop Jack Andrew insists he has moved on from the Bristol Brawl which earned him a red card and a three-match ban.
Andrew was the only player red-carded during the mass brawl between players from Albion and Bristol at Brickfields on November 24.
Albion were handed a suspended five-point deduction for bringing the game into disrepute. Andrew spent another three weeks trying to work his way back into the first team.
The prop forward's persistence is rewarded by a starting role against Rotherham today in a British and Irish Cup clash at Brickfields.
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Andrew said ahead of today's game: "I was frustrated over getting a red card because there were a number of other players involved and they received nothing.
"I admit I threw punches, it was me and I was punished for it. I was a mistake and I want to move on and get on with it.
"I've been out [of the team] for a long time and I've been working hard to get back in and [conditioning coach] James Owen has been having his way with me.
"It's been frustrating not playing and it's very satisfying to get back in. "Nat [Saumi, Albion head coach] is trying to give me a chance to redeem myself.
"It's not that I've done anything to redeem myself for, but it's a chance and hopefully I can go out on the field and take it. We [the players] think it's a really big game and we want to win as many games as we possibly can."
Andrew accepted that there was a lot of competition for places in the Albion forward line. He said: "Everyone wants to be in the starting line-up and I have had to be patient, because the other players have been playing very well.
"You can't just demand a place and you can't go to training and be negative because you're not getting in. You've got to be patient, because it's all about the team, not you."
Albion have got to behave for the next year, or they could have five points deducted. The punishment was suspended on condition the city side doesn't get into any more trouble on the pitch.
Saumi has already told his players they will have to be on their best behaviour. That appeal also applies to the club's coaches and backroom staff.
Plymouth Albion: Bailey; McAtee, Howley-Berridge, Armitage, Arnott; Roberts, Rowley; Andrew, L Cowan-Dickie, Fairbrother; Beukeboom, Carrick-Smith; Tovey, Sprangle, Stephen (capt). Replacements: Cushion, Fisilau, Matavesi, Rogers, T Cowan-Dickie, Brown, Hocking.