October 26, 2008

Tigers U14 5 Newton Abbot 21

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This was a much improved performance by the Tigers which enabled them to restrict a talented Newton Abbot side to 3 first half tries whilst coming back after the interval for one of their own. Despite the wet conditions both sides attempted to move the ball as much as possible which made for a good spectacle.

Playing up the slope the All Whites threequarters weaved some intricate patterns but good flat defence from the Argaum backline ensured that much of this play was on or behind the gain line. The visitors found more joy through their pack and in particular the rolling maul which is a very difficult tactic to stop with no maul-collapsing allowed in junior rugby. Despite some valiant defence Argaum were stretched and holes eventually appeared allowing Abbot to run in 3 well-constructed tries, all of them converted. The positives for the Tigers were that none of these tries were given away easily and also a strong scrummage allowed a good platform for the half backs to clear under futher pressure. It appeared that Argaum were going to have a tough second half playing up the slope but as so often happens they put in a much better shift after the break. The Newton Abbot scrum was still being put under pressure which slowed the ball supplied to their backs, and the high-pressure defence from the Argaum backs continued. This was forcing errors that the home side were able to capitalise on and meant there was a steady stream of possession for runners such as Solomon Cox, Carl Turner and George Glover to use. Better continuity at times might have led to a number of scoring opportunities but a period of sustained pressure eventually led to a well-deserved Josh Lait try. Good cover tackling meant that the All Whites were never able to get into the Argaum 22 to add to their tally, a fact of which the home side can be proud. A great team effort by all 21 players involved in the Plymouth Argaum squad.

Man-of-the Match; Forwards: Scott Anderson, Backs: Hayden Baugh.

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