Saumi will study video evidence before deciding whether to discipline his players
Plymouth Albion's head coach Nat Saumi says the club we wait until they have seen all the video footage of Saturday's game before deciding whether to take any disciplinary action against any of their players.
Albion had two players sin-binned and a player sent off during the 21-8 defeat to Bristol. Two of those cards – a yellow one for captain Sean-Michael Stephen and a red for prop Jack Andrew – came following a mass brawl 15 minutes into the second half.
Bristol had number eight Mitchell Eadie also sin-binned for the incident. However, many more players could easily have been shown cards for what occurred during a shocking five minutes.
Both clubs could find themselves in trouble with the RFU once the governing body receive all the reports from the Championship match.
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Saumi admitted his players had lost their cool, but he was keen not to make any snap judgements until he has had time to study all the incidents.
"I can't make a call until I've seen the DVD," said Saumi, when asked whether he would be disciplining any of his players. I will have a look and go from there."
Saumi said Andrew's red card, which will result in him having to face an RFU disciplinary hearing, helped Bristol, who were already 14-3 up.
"They have got some very experienced players who got under the skin of some of our young boys," said Saumi. "For us to get a red card was a bonus for them."
He added: "I reminded our players all week that they (Bristol) have got some older experienced players, but they just lost cool and control and that is why we got a red card, which helped cost us the game.
"Bristol played very well. They played the conditions well with their game plan. They forced us to give away penalties and they took their points with good kicking and they got the result."
Brickfields did have to pass a pitch inspection for Saturday's match to go ahead.
Although Albion did not play the conditions well, Saumi had wanted to play the game.
"We really needed to play the game and I thought the pitch was fine," said the Plymouth boss.
"No one had used the pitch all week. I wanted to play the game, as did the boys.
"The referee came and had a look and Bristol's coach Liam Middleton came and he said it was fine and that they'd play, which was good. You have to get on with your fixtures."
Saturday's match was Albion's last at home in the first half of the season.
The fixtures schedule handed Albion more home games – six as opposed to some teams' five – in the first half of the campaign.
And Saumi said his team had been desperate to win with them not playing another league match at Brickfields until Boxing Day.
"The was our last home game of the first round and it was a very important game for us to win," he said.
"We wanted to build up our points in the league. It was a very crucial game for us. Like I have been saying all season, home games are crucial. But we have to take it on the chin. We'll go next week and we start all over again."
Saumi revealed after the match that captain Stephen has been struggling with a neck injury, which is why he did not come back on to the field after his sin-bin had ended.
"He has been having a stiff neck for a few days," said the Albion boss. "He did very well to play but it stiffed up again and he could not turn, which is why the physio said he had to stay out of it."