Junior Match Reports (51)
Both sides fielded combined Under 14/13 sides and it proved to be a fitting finale to the morning's proceedings, a physical encounter with some determined tackling from both sides. David Collier opened the scoring for the home side with a well balanced run from the halfway line, Leon Clarke and Ieuan Evans also crossed the whitewash for a 15-5 half time lead. Salcombe came back determindly after the interval with three converted tries, but in an exciting last quarter Nick Bywater touched down after a bulldozing run. Ieuan Evans crossed for a second time after quick-thinking from a tap penalty to leave the result in the balance until the end.
The home side lent 3 players to Salcombe in what was a well contested game. Captain Rhys Johnson touched down twice for Argaum to lead 10-5 at half-time with the prospect of playing down the slope. In the second half however Salcombe were able to gain much more possession and demonstrated speed in their backline to run in 3 tries. Argaum had several powerful drives for the line but could not ground the ball in the seconf period.
The Under 10s have already had a couple of victories this season against Saltash and continued their good run against Salcombe. Both teams seemed to enjoy playing up the slope as the Tigers established a 30-5 half time lead whilst the second half was much more evenly contested. The Argaum try scoring was dominated by Kal Bloomfield who ran in an amazing 9 tries while Robert Oades and Jacob Ashton also got onto the scoresheet.
It was a credit to both sides that so much rugby was played on the heavy pitch. The home side came very close to securing their first win of the season but the greater experience of Topsham told in the end. The visitors opened the scoring in the first half with a try which was duly converted but despite playing down the slope could not get past some stout Argaum defence so the half-time score remained at 7-0. In the second period Argaum gained more possesion and looked dangerous when spreading the ball wide. Several attacks were held up near the line by Topsham but eventually swift handling saw Rhys Dymock-Williams crossing for his debut try. Rhys Johnson's conversion levelled the scores but despite a couple of good chances to take the lead it was Topsham's counter-attacking which saw them score two late tries to give the final scoreline a slightly lop-sided feel.
The Under 11s produced probably their best performance of the season and opened the scoring with an opportunist try from Jared Williams. Playing up the hill the Argaum backs took the game to their opponents and some strong running saw a further try from Guy Webber whilst second rows Liam Quick and Lewis Furniss grabbed a pair of tries each, with Webber knocking over 2 conversions. The scoring was reduced in the second half thanks to some magnificent defence from the visitors who battled bravely throughout the match and were unlucky not to have crossed the line themselves. However Guy Webber crossed for 2 further tries for the home side whilst Jez Cramoysan slotted 2 conversions to complete the scoring.
Conditions were difficult for all sides on Sunday at Bickleigh Down but the Under 10s served up a cracking opening encounter with play running from end to end. Six tries were shared between the teams in the first half and although both sides tired in the second half it went right down to the wire. With the scores at 20-20, Topsham stole a line-out near Argaum's line and drove over the line to clinch victory. The prolific Kal Bloomfield scored 3 of the home side's tries while Joseph Walker added the other.
The Colts produced their best performance of the season against Liskeard at Bickleigh down yesterday and were close to gaining their first victory. The collaboration between Argaum and Saltash has proved more than worthwhile and the hard work put in during combined training sessions is starting to bear fruit.
Tigers Under 14s eased through in to the Devon Cup First Round after an emphatic win over Withycombe at a sweltering Bickleigh Down this morning. This was a Preliminary Round encounter and the first time these two clubs have met at junior level. It must also be the first time that a drinks break was required in each half at Bickleigh Down in October as the mini-heatwave continued.
There was a very rare occasion on Sunday of all Plymouth Argaum competitive match when Plymouth Argaum 'A' took on Plymouth Argaum 'B' in the Cornwall Clubs Colts Sevens. In what was a beautiful day at Launceston Argaum fielded two sides against clubs from all over Cornwall and Devon.
Argaum Tigers Under 13s, who formed at the start of the season, have been steadily growing in numbers and are now tasting some match action.
In a classic game of two halves, Argaum survived a spirited second half comeback to win by two points. The game was dictated by the Chapel Field slope and blustery wind which made it difficult for however was playing up the slope.
Argaum Colts came through in a tense finale to give them their first win over Kingsbridge at this age-group. The home side dominated the opening 20 minutes and after an early Jake Turfrey penalty, prop Dan Smith barged over for a close range try after a clean line-out catch and drive.
This was the 3rd meeting between these two young colts sides with the spoils of the two previous encounters having been shared. Argaum started slowly and were guilty of allowing the ball to bounce on the hard surface which led directly to two home tries, both of which were converted.
Argaum produced a fine second half fightback in this passionate and at times bruising local derby. Argaum were caught defending too narrow on a number of occasions in the first half which allowed the experienced home side to run in 4 tries one of which was converted.