November 29, 2009

Chiefs 7 St Columba & Torpoint 6

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The torrential rain was the biggest talking point of a first half that saw the East Cornish side go in 6-0 up courtesy of 2 Ben Hobbs penalties.  Bemusingly, Argaum insisted on attempting to play a 15 man game to no avail, whilst St Columba concentrated on the kick and chase which regularly won them territory. 

The turnaround saw Argaum up the tempo and flankers Jamie and Jake White constantly put pressure on the visitor's half-backs, effectively altering the pattern of the game.  The kick and chase of the first half rapidly turned into a scrummaging battle, which veteren Dave Fuge, hooking, won comfortably, winning 5 against the head.  A good period of play from the Chiefs saw Theophanides creep over, much to Torpont's dismay.  Infact, the constant discussion about the decision to award the try resulted in restarting the game with an Argaum penalty, following the successful O'Kane conversion. 

With 20 minutes to go, Vice-Captain Chris Hamer became a victim of the weather and was replaced by Stuart Quarterman with Theophanides reverting to scrum-half.  Argaum piled on the pressure for the next quarter of an hour with Quarterman and O'Kane going close.  It was the last few minutes that the home side can be proud of.  With rapidly deteriorating conditions, the discipline held up and unlike previous games, the penalty count remained low.  The pack battled and with the last play of the game in kicking distance for the visitors, the scrum was overturned for captain and try scorer Theophanides to kick the ball off.  Argaum, second in Devon One S&W.

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