January 6, 2001

Plym Vic 23 Tigers 17

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Plympton Victoria 23 Argaum Tigers 17
(January 6th 2001, k.o. 14:30

On the Twelfth Day Of Christmas both teams struggled to get over the indulgences of the Festive period but nevertheless produced an entertaining encounter at Elburton. Much credit must go to the referee for keeping the game flowing, while both teams played in the right spirit.

The Tigers fielded what must be one of the biggest packs this season with no less than 6 front row forwards in the pack in the first half, while two forwards also featured in the back division. Whilst this gave Argaum the edge up front it also meant a lack of mobility around the park. Early Plym Vic pressure produced a penalty goal to which Argaum responded with an Andy Rees penalty in front of the posts. An opportunist try from Plympton put them 10-3 up before a well-worked catch and drive from a lineout and subsequent rolling maul saw Steve Covell get the touchdown. Andy Rees converted to put the scores level at the interval. The Tigers started the second half brightly and after forcing a penalty near the Plym Vic line decided to take a scrum. The ball was spread quickly to the backs for Phil Morgan to beat off a couple of tackles and score under the posts, Rees converting once again. At this stage Argaum looked comfortable with a dominant scrummage while putting together some good back moves. Whether it was a case of taking the foot off the pedal or the just the Christmas leftovers kicking in, the Tigers struggled to get out of their own half during the last 25 minutes as Plympton scored a converted try and then put over 2 penalties from 4 attempts to win the match. A disappointing result but there were some good points to take into the second half of the season with a busy period of league and cup action coming up. A quick mention for Lloydie who made his club debut and with his first touch of the game held a fine catch from a towering up and under. Even more impressive was his display of belly(s) at the Lyneham Inn after the match, and the speed with which he demolished his chilli left all the props present thinking "We'll make a Wormeater of him yet!" (RB)

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