Saturday, 27 October 2001 01:00

Chiefs 15 Brixham 22

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After match team photo with Tom Hitchins and some visitors from Switzerland. After match team photo with Tom Hitchins and some visitors from Switzerland.

Argaum Chiefs 15 Brixham 22 : 27/10/01


 

One of the better performances by Argaum this season which should have brought a much-needed win. The previous day's torrential rain had given way to a bright sunny day and near perfect conditions. With the Tigers' fixture cancelled by the opposition, the Chiefs had a surplus of replacements and injured captain Phil Morgan ensured from the sidelines that everyone had a game.

The Brixham side had a mixture of 2nd & 3rd team players and with their current South West Two status this proved to be evenly matched. Argaum's pack (with Taff Cummings and Andy Davey prominent) produced one of their most agressive displays of the season in the first half and this ensured good ball for scrum-half Pete Duff. There were plenty of eager runners as Ben Lanigan revelled in the fly-half berth while wingers Liam Krige and Des Higgins both made long range attacks. 

A number of changes were made at half-time and there were good second half displays from the replacements although prop Mark Van Der Leest incurred the wrath of the front row union by sprinting a full 50 metres on one charge. Pete Duff had to leave the field shortly after half time with badly bruised ribs and Liam Krige bravely deputised at scrum half before he too was injured. Andy Critchley took over the jinxed role.

For Argaum, a first half try from Ben Lanigan was converted by Steve Tomlinson who also kicked a penalty. Steve Covel's second half try brought Argaum back into the match at 17-15. There followed a sustained period of pressure by the Chiefs but Brixham defended well and used all their experience to foil Argaum penalty moves. Steve Tomlinson missed a penalty chance from a difficult angle. Having weathered the storm Brixham took control of the last few minutes and used their heavyweight pack to drive over for the match clinching try.


 

An encouraging display in general with a number of new faces filling in for the long list of injured players. There was enough talent and passion displayed to think that better things might be around the corner for Argaum.

Argaum Team: Tomlinson, Higgins, Hall, Mattocks, Krige (Gould), Lanigan, Duff (Critchley), Venkort, Cummings (Browning), Davey, Curnow, Griffiths (Mathew), Pring (Covell), Foster, Truscott (Van Der Leest).

Photos taken by: Natalie, Michele, Katja of Basel, Switzerland. (thanks to Toby for developing)


 
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