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Plymouth Argaum 24 Plym Vic 22

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This was Argaum's first league win for almost 2 years and was thoroughly deserved in front of a passionate Bickleigh Down Crowd. The Chiefs fought back after being 15 points down at one stage to secure the win in the last 5 minutes.

 

 

Argaum's afternoon didn't get off to the best of starts when Dan Humphries dislocated a shoulder in the warm-up which required some reshuffling in the pack. As with most local derbies the early period was fairly scrappy with some loose passing from both sides. It was the Chiefs playing up the slope in the first half who opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Jack Usher went over for a try after a quick tap penalty, fly half Andy McLuekie converting. Plym Vic immediately struck back with a try of their own through wing Barry Sullivan. Stretch King added a penalty for the visitors shortly after. Argaum's scrum was gaining the upper hand and the backs started to work well but it was Plym Vic who struck again just before the break. After withstanding considerable pressure near their own line a loose kick by Geoff Kelly landed in the path of wing Sullivan who dotted down in the corner, King again converting. Trailing 15-7 at the interval the home side would have been confident of turning it aroun as they were now going down hill and had the stiff breeze in their favour. However Argaum got off to the worst possible start as some good continuity from Plympton combined with poor home defence enabled centre Atkins to cross for a try, again converted. Argaum showed great character to come back from this position and struck back when after a great take and chip from Ian Sanders, Josh Theo broke powerfully off the back of a maul and managed to stretch to the line for a try which McLuekie converted. The Chiefs back row was starting to get the upperhand now and forced the Plympton half-backs into errors. On 52 minutes Argaum had a penalty kick, which wasn't missed by much, this was followed by a second try for Usher which brought the score to 19-22. A grandstand finish from Argaum, who went close to scoring on several occasions, finally paid off when ex-Rhymney loose-forward Theo capped an outstanding performance with his second try of the game. Although not converted it didn't matter as Argaum closed out the reaming minutes to clinch their first win in Devon 2 since beating North Tawton away in March 2007.mt_gallery:Argaum v Plym Vic

Herald Report Below;

Theodopalopadous ends Argaum's lengthy wait for a Devon Two victory

Plymouth Argaum...24 Plympton Victoria...22

FLANKER Josh Theodopalopadous was the man of the moment as Argaum finally ended a losing streak stretching back 33 games and almost two years.

Argaum, 22-7 down early in the second half, stormed back to win the game with Theodopalopadous scoring the winning try five minutes from time.

The celebrations went on long into the night at Roborough Down – and elsewhere – as Argaum's last win in the league was on March 3, 2007, when they defeated North Tawton 19-17 away from home.

The last home win was long ago in September 2006, when North Tawton were 17-0 losers.

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Argaum opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Jack Usher went over for a try after a quick tap penalty. Fly-half Andy McLuekie converted.

Plym-Vic struck back with a try through wing Barry Sullivan. Tony King added a penalty shortly after.

Plym-Vic struck again just before the break. A kick by Geoff Kelly landed in the path of wing Sullivan who dotted down in the corner, King again converting.

Argaum got off to the worst possible start in the second half as Atkins crossed again. Argaum struck back when Theodopalopadous broke off the back of a maul and stretched to the line for a try. McLuekie converted.

A second try for Usher brought the score to 19-22 before Theodopalopadous claimed the winner.


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