Senior Match Reports (149)
Chiefs & Wanderers
There would have been more than a few sore heads around this morning as Plymouth Argaum partied in style after the first event of their 125th Anniversary at Bickleigh Down yesterday. The matches themselves were hard and close fought with a Plymouth Combination side, comprising of players from OPMs, DHSOB, Old Techs and Tamar Saracens, overcoming the Chiefs by 12 point to 10.
Play at Beacon Park favoured Argaum, but good work by the home backs prevented a score. Pearce once struck the crossbar in attempting to drop a goal, and soon after another attempt by Keen missed by inches only. The latter half was more evenly contested. Hutchings was the star performer the Albion ranks, while Keast and Rowe were always prominent. For the visitors none did better than Beer, and Pearce was always dangerous. The game ended in a point-less draw.
A spirited fightback from Argaum gave them a much needed win in a tough encounter at Bickleigh Down. Late withdrawals and unavailablity meant that the home side had 2 or 3 players playing outside their normal position but the spirit shown throughout enabled the victory.
With forwards and backs combining well in handling moves and loose rushes. Plymouth Argaum , romped home easy winners of an open game at Roborough by three goals and three tries to a try. The sailors lacked experience as a team, but were well represented at fly-half by Organ and by Lee. at wing-three-quarters, who made their only score. Argaum's tries came from Rhodes, Kirk, Wreford, Blackburn and Gilbey. Baker. Dalv and Bennett adding goal points, the last named from a very difficult angle.
Argaum A came through their stiffest test of the season so far with credit and thanks largely to the deft handling of their backs won by two goals and two tries to a goal and a try. Pooley, Gilbey, and Magill crossed in the first half, Magill adding a conversion in a belated rally Smith and Naylor scored tries for the sailors - Trigg converting one. Argaum clinched matters when Magill goaled a final score from Gilbey.
Ellis Cup final - Plymouth Argaum 10 Plymstock Albion Oaks II 3
Ramsay Macdonald formed the first Labour Government and Eric Liddell broke the 400m record at the Paris Olympics the last time Plymouth Argaum got their hands on a Combination Cup!
A draw might have reflected the run of play more fairly in the game at Central Park which Argaum managed to win by the odd conversion. Searle opened the winners' account, but Bishop, the visitors' clever stand-off, soon equalled the try. Sloane then made the running for Ashleigh's try, which Hayter converted. From the loose Colebeck touched down for Civil Service.
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.
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.
The Annual End Of Season Charity Match took place at Argaum last weekend and was a great success. This, the 3rd in the series, took place between The Chairmans XV (led by Chris Sillitoe) and The Club Captains XV (led by Paul Symons).
OPMs 30 Argaum 35
Plymouth Argaum retained the Bob Harris Memorial Trophy with a victory in a highly entertaining match at Plymouth College today.
Spectators must have been wondering if a bikini wax, or possibly having their fingernails pulled out by the roots, wouldn't have been more pleasurable, than watching a match with more penalties than an England-Germany international and an icy wind billowing up their anoraks as a bonus.
The strong wind made meaningful rugby a rarity, kicking for field position a lottery and line-outs a journey into the twilight zone. Argaum won the match deep into the second half simply because they had a bit more staying power than their opponents. And the hosts had also clearly decided that keeping the ball to hand was a lot more profitable than kicking it and trusting to the elements.
A match which was 0-0 at half-time between two sides quite capable of scoring points speaks volumes about what wasn't happening on the field. Both sets of players made far too many errors, spoiling some reasonably promising moves, few though they were. Moving swiftly to the second half, Barbarians made the breakthrough early thanks to Dan Leeson's masterly drop-goal and it looked for a long time if it would be enough to win the visitors the match.
TRIES from centre Nicky Dunne, winger Nick Coles and back row player Kev White gave Civil a 19-nil half-time lead after coach Danny Avery potted the conversions from scrum half.