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In the first game of the season Argaum were rewarded for their liveliness and combined efforts in the loose with a narrow victory over their opponents by two tries to a try.
The civilians opened against the wind and for several minutes were one man short. Metters early attempt at dropping a goal deserved a better fate, and despite the scrum advantage enjoyed by the sailors, keen tackling kept both lines intact until after the interval.
Argaum's account was opened when Baker forced his way over from five yards, his kick failing. Devonshire levelled matters within five minutes, however, Pritchard going over in the corner after a neat round of passing. ten minutes from time Metters sent Barron through for the winning try.
At Roborough, Argaum's second string registered a comfortable win by a goal and five tries to nil. The visitors defence impressed in the first half, and only two tries were conceded, Wright and Heeley scoring.
After the interval Old Techs lost most of the set scrums and apart from spasmodic raids in which Stitson figured, Argaum's backs had much their own way. Tries were scored by Whiting (2), Hayter and Robertson and Bennett goal points to one.
A bright, open game, played in the best spirit, between the co-tenants of the Roborough pitch, ended a draw, each side scoring penalty goal. Metters, the Argaum full-back, made the first score early on. Both packs showed up well with the home eight just a shade more constructive, but the Old Boys were fast spoilers. Dixon, at winging-forward, came near to increasing the lead, but defences remained on top. Ten minutes from the end Mahoney was caught in possession, and Bartlett made no mistake with his third penalty kick.
Newton failed to exploit a slight deficiency in the Plymouth club's back division, and after coming off second best in the forward battle were defeated by one goal and two tries to nil. Argaum played the game best suited to the slippery conditions and good co-ordination in the loose scrummages led to a try directly before the interval by Rhodes. Baker added another and from T Daly's punt ahead Farren gathered and crossed over for Ball to convert.
Argaum's second string took their chances to win a hard-fought game in Central Park by two tries to a penalty goal. After a pointless first half, Elford dived over for their opening try, following a forward attack. Perry's penalty goal brought the score level, before Chapman's alertness in following up produced the deciding unconverted try.
Among the large number of people present at the Plymouth Argaum Rugby Football Club ball in the Lecture Hall, last night were representatives from other clubs in Plymouth, Devon, and Cornwall.
T.Daly and D.Maunder were both selected to play for Plymouth Combination in the month of September. Daly was captain in the first match at Kingsbridge. Results of both games are unknown.
Argaum's failure to get possession from the set scrums limited their scoring chances, but after a loose rush Rhodes went over for a try to give them an interval lead. Falmouth's attacking movements were left unfinished because of poor handling, but they enjoyed a fair share of the game, and deserved to equalise through Coombes, who kicked a penalty goal from an awkward angle.
Old Technicians hardly deserved to lose a robust game by three tries to pil, for their attack was frequently the more constructive. With Smithfield, their elusive scrum-half, as the pivot, they had Argaum worried in the early stages, but lacked stamina. Handling was poor because of the high wind, and after the home backs had missed several chances, the forwards took control. P. Wood made the only score of the first half, and further tries were added by J. Burns and R. Heeley.
An open game in Central Park was notable for the excellent defensive play by both sets of threequarters, but Argaum, with greater thrust and alertness the loose, deserved their win by four tries to nil. St. Columba, who were well represented at left-centre by Toole, lost much of their fire when Summers was injured in the second half. O'Carroll and Nicholls, the fullbacks, enjoyed a rare duel, and play was confined to midfield for long periods. Linehan and Chiswell scored two tries apiece for Argaum.
ARGAUM SCORE 50 POINTS
The Hospital suffered a crushing defeat at Roborough, and could only muster a penalty goal in reply to their opponent's formidable total of a goal and 15 tries. Argaum's only weakness lay in goal-kicking, but their superiority in all phases of a one-sided game was undeniable. Rhodes had personal bag of five tries. Others were scored by Douglas (2), Kingwell (2), Pooley (2), Daly, Farren, Blackburn, and Hendy (2). The last-named made one conversion, and Hardy replied for the gallant losers.
ARGAUM A run up 43 POINTS
ARGAUM were far too strong for their Cornish visitors and scored a runaway victory at Roborough by two goals and eleven tries to nil. Launceston were unlucky to lose Sharp with a fractured ankle, but could find no answer to the neat inter-passing movements of the home threes. Tries were registered by Whiting (4), Gilbey (4), Littler (2), Gibson (2) and Timoney. Bennett who excelled in the line-outs converted two.
Strengthened by the inclusion of several first team players, the Extra XV handled extremely well at Beacon Down to win comfortably by a goal and six tries to nil. The game was more evenly divided than the score would suggest, but in their opening game the re-formed Civil Service team failed to function as a unit. At the base of the winners' scrum, Gibbs sent out a smart service. Kingwell and P. Burns scored two tries apiece for Argaum, and others were added by Hendy. Linehan, and Reed. The last-named also made a conversion.
At Roborough, Argaum gained yet another decisive victory, the Quins failing to reply to the home total of seven tries and a penalty goal. Bennett was the mainstay of a virile pack and succeeded in adding a penalty goal to his opening try. Hughes and Gilbey got two tries each and the remaining scores were made by Timoney and Griffiths.