Plymouth Albion star Aaron Carpenter looking to continue good form against Bristol
AARON CARPENTER will be hoping to continue his good form tomorrow when Plymouth Albion take on Bristol at the Memorial Stadium in a Sky Sports televised Championship clash (4.05pm).
Canadian international number eight Carpenter has scored three tries in Albion's last four matches.
Last weekend he managed the game's only touchdown as Albion ended a nine-match league losing run by winning 16-9 at London Scottish.
Carpenter hopes ninth-placed Albion can build on that long-awaited victory at play-off chasing Bristol.
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"It should be a good game," said Canada captain Carpenter. "It's live on Sky and there's the old rivalry between the teams.
"Our goal is still to hit the top eight and we are working towards that. If we manage that then it will have been a successful season.
"We just have to keep pushing, but Bristol are still fighting (for a top four spot) so they have a lot on the line."
Albion had a lot on the line last week at London Scottish. They needed to win to secure their Championship status.
"I think mentally we were more up for the game than them (Scottish)," said Carpenter.
"We were fighting for the survival of the club and we did not let them over the line."
Carpenter, who has been at Albion for three years, seems to make a habit of finishing seasons strongly.
"I don't know why it is," said Carpenter. "But you do always want to play well at the end of the season as things are on the line then.
"The weather also tends to be a bit nicer.
"It does take time to gel and then when you do the conditions get horrible. Eventually, though, it gets nicer and you start to play well."
Carpenter missed the heated match with Bristol at Brickfields in November as he was away on international duty.
His success on the international scene has seen him nominated for Rugby Canada's player of the year award. The winner will be announced on April 13.
"It would be a nice cap if I did win," said Carpenter, who could have a busy summer with Canada facing seven matches between May and August, including two World Cup qualifiers.
Meanwhile, last night's Championship results – and defeats for Doncaster and Jersey – mean Albion are safe from relegation and guaranteed Championship rugby next season.
Bristol: Jon Goodridge; Jack Tovey, Luke Eves, Ben Mosses, Ryan Edwards; Adrian Jarvis, Ruki Tipuna; Mark Lilley, Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Mariano Sambucetti, Glen Townson, Iain Grieve (c), James Merriman, Marco Mama.
Replacements: Tom Channon, Bruce Douglas, Roy Winters, Mitch Eadie, Callum Braley, Tristan Roberts, George Watkins
RESULTS AND TABLE
Yesterday: Championship: Doncaster 21 Nottingham 27, Newcastle 34 Jersey 12