Season 1905-06

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This season opened on September 23rd, resulting in a 0-3 defeat at Bere Alston. The published Argaum team for this game contained no less than 5 players of the rank of Lieutenant. Whether this was a naval or army influence it is impossible to say. Also, Messrs Griffiths, Hitchins, W. Dudley and Coles of the 'old brigade' were included. During the following weeks, the published sides showed a marked diminution of the service element, but results and reports are few and far between. October 21st provided a 6-3 win over South Brent in 'a Very pleasant game', tries by Hughes and Grundy. On November 4th Argaum won 14-9 v HMS Cambridge, a goal and 3 tries to 3 tries (no scorers mentioned) and the following week at Blundells where 'the visitors arrived with a very weak team, picking up a full back in town'; after a severe struggle, the scholars won 3-0. HMS Indus II were beaten 11-0 with tries by Hughes(2), Le Provost(1) and a Shepherd conversion; W.W. Hitchins, normally a forward, taking over as full back. It is noticeable that in selection, the full back position appeared to be shared around; maybe (shades of Blundells), it was a problem position. 18th December is the next recorded result, 18-5 over Kelly College, with tries from Egeton(1), Le Provost(1), Dudley(1), Godsell(2) and Shepherd(1). At Teignmouth on 23rd December, the home side won 'an interesting, but one-sided game' 21-3. There are no reports of or references to a 2nd XV during the season - probably the side had ceased to function.

On January 18th 1906 at South Brent, the report says succinctly 'played in torrents of rain and hail. Argaum were several short, but nothing was scored on either side'. The following weeks, R.N.E. College III provided the Club with its biggest recorded win to date 38-0, with tries by Oliphant, H. Walker, Ramsey, Shepherd, Pulliblank, Hughes and Hitchins W, with conversions by Shepherd and Woodcock - 2 a piece. Then Plymouth College 26-5, Grigg making a re-appearance, tries by Godsell(2) and Rogers(2) and Dudley with two conversions. R.N.C. Dartmouth were beaten 8-6 on a heavy ground tries by Grundy(1) and Griffiths(1), Shepherd kicking the vital conversion. Then HMS Indus 9-0, 'Argaum had to find three substitutes but won fairly comfortably, 2 balls burst during the game'. Try scorers Hughes, Godsell and Le Provost. Thereafter, 3-0 at North Tawton, where the visitors handled a greasy ball well and from a scrum Purnell scored under the posts. R.N.E. College II were the next victims in a 'rousing game' 13-0, tries by Ramsey, Grundy and Hughes and 2 conversions by Shepherd. There followed a desperately close run victory at South Brent 3 tries to a goal and a try. Unhappily, just at a time when the Club was on a winning streak, no further results or reports are available, although two fixtures in April are listed.

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  • 1st XV Captain: T F Hughes
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