Senior Match Reports (149)
Chiefs & Wanderers
Plymouth Argaum travelled to Exeter to face Topsham in their opening game of the season. Argaum, showing off their new all black kit sponsored by the Mutley Crown and Kit World Ltd were forced to make 3 changes to their original side due players being unavailable at the last minute.
Argaum and DHS Old boys played a pre season friendly against a new look Plymouth Argaum on Wednesday evening at Bickleigh Down. Argaum started the fixture strongly with Fijians centre Semi Daica & standoff Villiam Morcia playing some attractive fast rugby.
Plymouth Argaum Annual invitation Chairman’s Vs Presidents rugby match was played on Saturday 15 May. This year the club decided to use the game to raise money for the club charity, Help for Heroes.
The annual Chairman's versus President's match took place with over 40 players on Bickleigh Down, eager for a post Dinner-Dance run-out, aiming to raise money for club charity Help 4 Heroes. Old players returned to Roborough, including guests from Devonport Services, OPM, Plymouth Barbarians and Old Techs. The game also saw half a dozen Argaum Colts try out in senior rugby. Final score was 32-22 to the Chair (white team).
Further report to follow from Symmo.
Plymouth Argaum hosted touring side Bristol Saracens who play in the Gloucester Premier league which is 2 levels above Argaum in a repeat fixture from the Argaum tour to Bristol.
Plymouth Argaum continued the club re-build with a hard fought won over a strengthened Wizards side. The Wizards were after revenge from their last encounter were Argaum scored over 50 points and they fielded a much stronger team.
Plymouth Argaum on the re-build
Plymouth Argaum Wanderers started the club re-build with a convincing win over local rivals, DHSOB Wizards. With two early tries from new scrum half Bret Williams and fly half Darren Wills, Argaum looked promising from the start.
Mixed fortunes for the two Argaum sides playing at the weekend as The Chiefs went down 33-22 at home to DHSOB after leading 17-5 at half-time. Click here for the full Evening Herald Report . Match Action photos from Paul Mattock can be found here.
The Colts impressive form continued with a hard fought 7-7 draw at home to Newton Abbot, the Argaum try came from Ryan Phillips with Jake Turfrey converting.
PLYMOUTH Argaum's relentless pursuit of a play-off spot continued with a hard-fought victory over bottom outfit Plympton Victoria at Marsh Mills. Argaum captain Josh Theophanides opened the game with a deft break which allowed veteran winger Darren Wills to go over for his first try of the match.
The torrential rain was the biggest talking point of a first half that saw the East Cornish side go in 6-0 up courtesy of 2 Ben Hobbs penalties. Bemusingly, Argaum insisted on attempting to play a 15 man game to no avail, whilst St Columba concentrated on the kick and chase which regularly won them territory.
ARGAUM moved into the next round of the Lockie Cup thanks to a last-minute try from Mark O'Kane in an exciting first round tie.
Number eight O'Kane crashed over the Liskeard line for the second time in the game almost on the whistle.
Liskeard had led 5-0 at half-time after a break-out try scored wide out in the corner.
The Cornish side added three more points to their cause after the break, before Argaum changed tactics and the outcome of the tie.
O'Kane, following good work from John Theophanides and strong running from Jack Usher, went over for the first of his double-haul of tries.
The only downside for Argaum was the yellow carding of Theophanides five minutes from time.
TECHS, perhaps almost to their surprise, are fourth and breathing down the necks of third-placed Plymouth Argaum after drawing at Bickleigh Down. But Techs' chairman John Young said afterwards he believed they should have won the game.
Argaum number eight Michael Hunt scored the home side's try, which was converted, but centre Gary Quick equalised, with Ryan Tunnicliffe adding the conversion. Young praised both players for their contribution to Techs' point, but added: "We're disappointed not to have won. We had so much possession, especially in the first half and we could have had at least two, more tries."
Techs grabbed the draw despite losing scrum-half Gary Ibbotson to injury. Ibbotson's place was taken by Techs' vice-captain Shaun Bedford-Smith. Argaum coach Mark Shepherd said his side was satisfied with the draw. Shepherd said his side had worked on their rucking, as a result of their experiences when they drew with Techs 17-17 at Weston Mill earlier in the season.
He said: "We cut down on the penalties – we gave too many away last time. I was happy with the draw, although we had the opportunity to take a couple of penalties late in the game. "The players, however, decided they wanted to go for the try and see what happened, which is fair enough, as they're on the field and if they feel confident enough to go for it, they should. However, I expect we'll have a talk about decision-making during a game at training tomorrow night."
The Wanderers kept up their 50% record with a second win of the season over DHSOB's second string. A game which earmarked club stalwart Andy Critchley's 40th birthday, saw appearances by Phil and Danny Morgan, along with Paul Critchley to spice things up in the backs.