October 11, 2009

Argaum Colts 14 Saltash 5

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The colts recorded their 2nd victory of the season in a match where they never really fired on all cylinders. Matches against the cross-tamar rivals have always been pretty tight affairs and there wasn't much to choose between the sides although Argaum always had the upper hand.

Saltash arrived a couple short but were loaned players by Argaum to complete their line-up (big thanks to Sam Crealock and Phil Vitalino). With their now customary tactic of playing up the slope in the first half the home side seemed able to contain most of the Saltash attacks. However just before half-time they switched off at a lineout and Saltash were able to pounce on some loose ball to cross over for the only points of the half.

After the interval Argaum were able to use the slope and wind to their advantage. There were plenty of willing ball carriers amongst the forwards with Matt Cardell being the pick of the bunch with his good angles of running. There were also some good breaks by Ben Glanfield, Isaac and Jared Williams however it wasn't until Argaum gained field position in the opponents 22 that the scores came. After a lot of pressure and good defence by Saltash no. 8 Sam Russell went over from close range for the first try, which was converted by Jake Turfrey. Saltash never gave up but struggled to get out of their half and were pinned back into their 22 on a number of occasions. Inevitably pressure told when the Argaum forwards, who were starting to link up well by this time, put together a decent passage of play to allow Viktor Kurowski to drive over the decisive score, Turfrey again converting. Argaum continued to pressurise and although missing with a long range penalty were good value for their win.  

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