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November 12, 2011

Chiefs 29 Plympton Victoria 13

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Plymouth Argaum secured their first league win this decade with a good all round display against Plympton Victoria at Bickleigh Down this afternoon. Their last league win was against the same opponents almost two years ago and a bonus point 5 try haul lifted the Chiefs up a place in Tribute Devon Two into the bargain.

After a bright start by both sides it was the vistors who took the lead on 12 minutes when Argaum failed to deal with a chip and chase which was collected by Barry Sullivan for a try under the sticks, Mark Couzins converting. Five minutes later Argaum got back into the game when the ball shot out of a Plym Vic scrum near their line and flanker Dan Sargent pounced for an unconcerted try. Plympton's pack, as well drilled as ever, had the upper hand in the scrum for most of the first half but Argaum gained enough decent posession, from the lineout in particular, to get their backs running.

The centre pairing of Sani Manu and teenager Jared Williams looked dangerous all afternoon and this was highlighted on 25 minutes when a powerful burst from Manu saw him break through a couple of tackles to run in the Chiefs second try, Jake Turfrey converting. The scoring in a nip and tuck first half was completed when Couzins kicked a penalty from 20 metres to leave the interval score at Argaum 12 Plym Vic 10.

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The second half started badly for Argaum when they failed to deal with a kick-off and gave good territory to Plympton who manufactured a position for Cousins to pop over a neat drop goal. It took a few minutes for the Chiefs to work their way back and obtain good field position and from quick recycled ball fly half Jim Lawrence fed his centres for Williams to cross for his first try of the afternoon, the conversion missed. Argaum's play seemed to move up a gear and with the wind at their backs they started to capitalise on opposition mistakes. Good handling through the Argaum backs created an opportunity for left wing Mike Wood to run in from 25 yards out in the corner.


Argaum enjoyed a purple patch and completed the scoring on the hour mark when scrum half Ben Glanfield's darting run led to a midfield switch to put Williams through for his second, with Turfrey converting. With the result now in no doubt Argaum had to defend well against a spirited Plympton side who arguably played some of their best rugby in the last quarter. There was no further scoring however and the final whistle of referee Richard Ronayne was greeted by Argaum's supporters with relief and delight in equal measure. Argaum's young side is learning rapidly and with the help of experienced players like Stu Quarterman and veteran Mark Richardson are now gelling into an effective unit and that elusive league victory will give the team a huge boost ahead of next week's short trip to city rivals Tamar Saracens.

Team: Turfrey, Evans, Williams, Manu, Wood, Lawrence, Glanfield, Kieran, Sargent, James, Smith, Richardson, Russell, Taylor, Hancock: reps (T.Belli, Quarterman, Friend)


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