Rosslyn Park forwards coach Kieran Power admitted his charges took their eyes off their game in a third successive National League One defeat.

Saturday’s 26-20 reverse at Plymouth Albion keeps Park second from bottom in the early standings by virtue of a superior points difference over bottom club Blaydon.

Todd Gleave bagged a brace of tries, and Harry Leonard kicked the extras in consolation.

Power said: “We felt that we really took the game to Plymouth with a style of rugby that we have been looking to produce in the past couple of weeks.

“Unfortunately, whilst doing that, we took our eyes off of other certain aspects of our game that had been functioning well previously, but came unstuck and gave Plymouth a strong advantage that we couldn't come back from.”

Park go to fourth-placed Old Albanians this weekend, and Power has a warning for his players.

He said: “Old Albanians will be a side who like to run the ball, but we will have to eliminate the errors we made today to have a chance of controlling the game and the result.”


Wandsworth table tennis star Aaron McKibbin admitted that nerves almost cost him and his GB Paralympic team-mates a bronze medal.

The 25-year-old and playing partners Ross Wilson and Will Bayley beat China, the world team champions, 2-1 to claim their place on the Rio podium in the men’s class 6-8 team event.

McKibbin and Wilson had pushed China’s Zhao Shuai and Ye Chao Qun to five sets in the Slovenia Open team event in May and they immediately took the initiative against the Chinese pair by taking the first set 11-7.

The second set was closer, but a great forehand from Wilson secured the set 11-9 and GB led 2-0.

Zhao and Ye hit back to take the next two sets and at 0-3 in the fifth it appeared as if China now had the momentum.

However, McKibbin and Wilson came back to level and then moved ahead and at 8-6 down China called a time out.

It worked initially as they took the next three points but GB levelled at 9-9 and then a short serve from McKibbin was netted by Zhao to set up match point.

They only needed one as another short serve was netted by Ye, and McKibbin and Wilson had taken the doubles 3-2 for a 1-0 lead in the match.

Wilson lost his singles match against Zhao, meaning McKibbin needed to win the deciding match against Sun Churen.

The duo could not be separated and were locked at 2-2 in sets, before McKibbin held his nerve to win the final set 12-10 and secure the bronze medal.

McKibbin, who won bronze at London 2012, said: “I was so nervous, but I could see in his face that he was praying for me to miss and at the end I thought I just need to go for this and play to win, and if I lose playing to win then fair enough.

“He was playing for me to miss and I was going to make sure that I played to win because I believe that if I play to win I have a better chance.

“Thankfully it paid off and it is just phenomenal.”

He added: “We have a special belief about us and we believed we were going to do this.

“It was a hard loss yesterday [semi-final against Ukraine] and we came back and we believed genuinely that we could do this if we performed to our level and we showed it out there.

“I’m over the moon for the boys - we won a bronze medal in London, but I personally think this is a greater achievement.

“We have had such hard opponents all the way through and the competition is getting stronger and stronger. I’m just so thrilled for the boys that we’ve done it.”

In the archery, Wandsworth-based John Cavanagh finished ninth in the men’s individual competition.