October 28, 2000

Tigers 10 OPM III 5

Written by Andy Rees
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Argaum Tigers 10 OPM III 5
(28 October 2000, k.o. 15:00
Bickleigh Down Road)

Though Argaum ended up as the victors in this game the margin was narrow as usual in encounters between these two sides.

This was a good hard game which was made difficult by the strong gusty wind blowing across the pitch and some curious refereeing decisions particularly in the first half. First score of the day was by Paul Vencort returning from an ankle injury in his first game for the seconds this season, a typically powerful run from a set piece saw a try in the the far right hand corner which proved impossible to convert due to the strength of the wind. It was no travesty of justice that OPMs equalised eventually, only the way in which they equalised was queried. Following a switch of play to the open side the OPMs backs found themselves with an overlap and looked set to score, a solid tackle by full-back Toby Liberson stopped the flow and saw (by most people on the pitch) the ball go forward in the tackle, the OPM winger picked up and crossed the line to be awarded a deserved but dubious try. Steve Tomlinson guesting for the OPMs tried valiantly to kick the conversion against his teammates which thankfully also fell victim to the wind (or was it a crap kick?). The second half saw much of the
same with both sides attacking and defending strongly, until after about 25 minutes the stalemate was broken by young winger Dan Storer keeping his head and good control of the ball, kicking ahead and chasing three quarters the length of the pitch to score his first try for the club. A good result for Argaum in a game which could have gone either way.(AR)

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