Season 1979-80

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1st XV 1979-80 1st XV 1979-80

Ceri Critten, a long serving, fast moving wing three quarter, even prepared to step into the Scrum Half’s shoes if required, was elected Captain, but unhappily suffered a serious injury midway through the first half of the season, which kept him out of action until the following season, so that Dave Sharp took over.

The first match saw the Club put up a spirited performance, before going down 9-14 and after a narrow defeat (13-15) by Devonport Services A, moved onto a run of 5 wins and a draw - this 6-6 home to Newquay Hornets - with 122pts to 22. One of these games, at Salcombe, "where on their first visit for many years encountered some spirited opposition … from a section of the crowd …". This did not seem to perturb the Argaum side, who won by 31-0, of which winger Nick Hall (which started him on a purple patch) contributed 11 points. He next scored 16 of the 26 against South Molton and 17 out of the 33 against the College of St Mark and St John.

Thereafter followed a mixed bag of results, including a 4-0 defeat in the Devon Cup at the hands of Ivybridge, the latter intelligently playing 10-man rugby in windy conditions, whilst Salcombe very comfortably disposed of any Havill Plate ambitions.

Touring sides Kidderminster and Old Brockleians both won their closely contested games and the Club ended the season W16, L18, D1, 439-474, somewhat disappointing after a bright start. The Wanderers W14, D1, L15. Of the Colts side, Roger Bailey played for Devon Colts and Devon U21 and in conjunction with Andy Davey, appeared for the 1st XV.

Additional Info

  • 1st XV Captain: Ceri Critten/Dave Sharp
  • Captain's Trophy: M.Worth
  • Effort Award: I.Ramsay
  • Clubman: P.Gamblen
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