December 7, 2008

Tigers U16 8 Totnes 5

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This was a hard fought and often tense Fisherman's Cup match at Bickleigh Down where the result was always in the balance. Despite the heavy conditions both sides produced some good rugby and the spirit was excellent throughout.

Totnes played up the slope in the first half and started well forcing Argaum to concede some early penalties. The home defence was caught napping when a tap penalty was switched to the wing who went over in the corner for an unconverted try. Argaum started to settle into their game and used their forwards to pick and drive while outside half Adam Coutts kicked the ball deep into the Totnes 22. From this position the Tigers were able to mount a concerted amount of pressure. From a Totnes 5 metre scrum the visitors fly-half missed his clearance kick when pressurised by Ben Glanfield and Will Cox and from the resulting scramble Tom Belli was in the right place to get Argaum's first try, Coutts narrowly missing the conversion.

With the score all-square at half-time Totnes were narrow favourites with the advatnage of the slope in the second period. However Argaum's backs started to click, tightening their defence, the full back in particular dealing with everything that was thrown at him. Fly-half Coutts kicked intelligently across the field allowing the strong winter sun to hamper the Totnes winger. Most of the action was in the middle of the field with neither side able to dominate each other for too long however when Argaum did establish some field position Coutts calmly knocked over a drop goal to give them a narrow lead. Totnes threw everything into the last period in a desperate attempt to gain a victory and perhaps surprisingly spurned a late penalty shot at goal from wide out, opting to run instead. The Tigers defence was herioc in the last few minutes, with Dan James and Joe Gosling tackling ferociously and they held out for a 2nd Fisherman's Cup win in consecutive weeks.   


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