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Chiefs 21 Buckfastleigh 12

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Devon 3: Argaum Chiefs 21 Buckfastleigh Ramblers 12
(September 28th 2002, k.o. 15:00 Bickleigh Down)
The Chiefs kept up their recent good from with a hard-fought victory over Buckfastleigh at Bickleigh Down. The Ramblers, who had despatched Civil comfortably in the opening round of league fixtures, started in confident mood and scored a superbly constructed try through their backs in the opening few minutes. It looked like Argaum would be in for a really hard afternoon when they added a second try but with no.8 Rocky Roberts ploughing his way over from short range and Mike Louise scoring an opportunist try (Wills converting)the teams turned around at half-time level at 12-12. On a very warm autumn afternoon Argaum began to turn up the heat in the second half. The pack put Bucks under huge pressure in the scrum, while Phil Morgan - relishing his new role at second row - and Mark Foster dominated the line-out. Several times Argaum threatened the try-line without scoring but sustained pressure did produce infringements from the Ramblers and Darren Wills stepped up to slot over 3 penalty goals. Buckfastleigh produced a rousing finish but good defence coupled with excellent clearance kicks from Paul Tottman and Paul Critchley saw Argaum take both points. The return match in January promises to be another cracking encounter.
Argaum Chiefs: Tomlinson, J.Jemmeson, Wills, Hall, Louise, P. Critchley, Tottman, Roberts(A.Critchley), McDowell (capt), Foster, Clack, P.Morgan, Robertson, Truscott, Moulder. (Reps Not used: Bartlett, Stevens)
Tries: Roberts, Louise; Cons: Wills; Pens: Wills(3).

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