November 10, 2009

Chiefs 7 Old Techs 7

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TECHS, perhaps almost to their surprise, are fourth and breathing down the necks of third-placed Plymouth Argaum after drawing at Bickleigh Down. But Techs' chairman John Young said afterwards he believed they should have won the game.

Argaum number eight Michael Hunt scored the home side's try, which was converted, but centre Gary Quick equalised, with Ryan Tunnicliffe adding the conversion. Young praised both players for their contribution to Techs' point, but added: "We're disappointed not to have won. We had so much possession, especially in the first half and we could have had at least two, more tries."

Techs grabbed the draw despite losing scrum-half Gary Ibbotson to injury. Ibbotson's place was taken by Techs' vice-captain Shaun Bedford-Smith. Argaum coach Mark Shepherd said his side was satisfied with the draw. Shepherd said his side had worked on their rucking, as a result of their experiences when they drew with Techs 17-17 at Weston Mill earlier in the season.

He said: "We cut down on the penalties – we gave too many away last time. I was happy with the draw, although we had the opportunity to take a couple of penalties late in the game. "The players, however, decided they wanted to go for the try and see what happened, which is fair enough, as they're on the field and if they feel confident enough to go for it, they should. However, I expect we'll have a talk about decision-making during a game at training tomorrow night."

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