Full report from the Evening Herald.
PLYMPTON Victoria won the battle of Plymouth's bottom two rugby teams as they elbowed aside Devon Two rivals Plymouth Argaum in the final of the Pedrick Cup at Brickfields. Victoria, a slick, sharp outfit who belied their second-bottom status, defeated Argaum 40-7. Basement Devon Two side Argaum, however, who were always going to be underdogs after Victoria hammered them 77-0 in the league, let the match slip away from them in the second period after staging a brave comeback.
Argaum had given as good as they got in the first 40 minutes, although Victoria dominated possession. With scrum-half Neil Wright – Victoria's man of the match – and number 10 Mark Couzens running the show, Plymvics should have done better than a solitary try before the break.
It was, however, a corker, Wright intelligently releasing Couzens under the posts after some hard graft from the Plymvic forwards. Couzens wriggled his way over Argaum's goal-line and converted his own try to give Victoria a well-deserved 7-0 lead.
Victoria failed to press home their advantage and paid for it when Argaum hit back with a try in practically their first foray into the opposition half. Plympton's defence failed to cope with a powerful run by Argaum's best player on the night, flanker Mike Wood, who went over to score. Ali Jones converted Wood's try to level the scores at the break. Victoria had been attempting to run the ball through Argaum's cement-like defence.
But they switched tactics in the second half to expose Argaum's lack of pace in the backs. Full-back Darrell Grigg outran his opposite number after being released by Wright to touch down, swiftly followed by a similar try from winger Callum Mustard.
Grigg got his second, flanker Davy Jones sealed the game from close in and Grigg completed his hat-trick to put the match beyond Argaum.
The most popular try of the night was scored by veteran Plympton forward Chris Hunt, who looks and plays exactly like a Viking on the rampage. Hunt was substituted towards the end of the match and was enjoying a well-deserved drink on the touchline when he was recalled to the action following an injury to a front-row colleague. The bewhiskered and gigantic Hunt returned to the fray and promptly went over in the corner to register Victoria's final try. The rest of the Plympton side's points came from the occasionally erratic boot of Couzens. Plympton head coach Percy Wright said he had been concerned some of the players might take the game lightly after their crushing league result over Argaum.
But he added: "We went well, although they gave us a scare in the first half."