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Chiefs & Wanderers

November 2, 2009

Salcombe 79 Chiefs 8

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PLYMOUTH Argaum travelled to leaders Salcombe with a side disrupted by a number of late changes and they were not helped when skipper Josh Theophanides left the field injured before half-time.

Leaders Salcombe led 36-3 at half-time with a Mark O'Kane penalty accounting for Argaum's points.

Argaum battled throughout the game and sustained pressure up the right flank enabled the ball to reach centre John Ekins who ran in to score Argaum's only try midway through the second half.

However, the floodgates opened in the last 10 minutes and Salcombe ran up a score Argaum will learn lessons from.

PLYMOUTH Argaum just about clawed their way into third place in conditions roughly as much fun as a bikini wax and one hell of a lot colder.
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.

October 19, 2009

Old Techs 17 Chiefs 17

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Plymouth Argaum had victory snatched from them with the last kick of the game to leave honours even at Weston Mill, in a pulsating finish to a match that had never previously hit the heights.

The Wanderers played the very youthful Plymouth University Titans in a good spirited match on Saturday afternoon. This is set to be the first of two encounters in as many weeks between the Wanderers and Titans played at Bickleigh down. Once again the wanderers had over 20 players available, another sign that Plymouth Argaum is on the up and up.

Argaum stay joint top of Tribute South & West Devon 1 as the winning streak continued against their cross-Tamar rivals at Defiance Field.

September 28, 2009

Wanderers 26 DHSOB Wizards 0

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The WanderersArgaum's resurgance saw them field a second team for the first time in a while. They went ahead through hooker Toby Liberson with ball recycled from a crashing close penalty run. From the restart Argaum stole the Devonport ruck and fly-half Mike Schaab found the gap to to head the 20 metres for the posts and a seven-pointer.

September 28, 2009

Chiefs 24 Plym Vic 10

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REVAMPED Argaum racked up another victory to keep the pressure on the top teams in an enthralling duel with local rivals Plympton Victoria.
Argaum were out for revenge after being defeated by Victoria in a cup game earlier in the season, but looked like they might not get it when the visitors went ahead through Sean Melville after 10 minutes.
Mark Cousins kicked the conversion, but Argaum were dominating scrums and influential Mark O'Kane set up captain and scrum-half Josh Theopanides from one of them to get the home team back in it.
September 26, 2009

Double Home Win

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The Chiefs & Wanderers The month of September was rounded off in some style today with the second double home win of the season. Not only did the Chiefs complete 3 wins on the bounce with a 24-10 win over Plympton Victoria but the Wanderers, featuring a few familiar faces, overcame DHSOB Wizards with a 27-nil scoreline. The Chiefs now sit joint top (4th place on points difference) in Tribute South & West 1 . The Colts came off second best at Paignton but were certainly not disgraced as they continue their steep learning curve in their first season at this level. Full match reports will be up over the coming days. 

Plymouth Argaum struggled against a very well drilled and organised St Columba side who have obviously worked hard over the off season. The loss of flyhalf Darren Revell on the morning of the game meant that the back line were hastily
reorganised with a number of players out of position. Poor set piece by Argaum was confounded by poor defensive organisation which allowed St Columba a couple of early scores. As the first half went on Argaum occasionally took
control of the game resulting in a converted try and a penalty to at least get some points on the board as St Columba extended their lead. A hand injury to Tony Polo- Matus meant a second hasty reorganisation to bring Ian Darcey in on the
wing. Argaum suffered a woeful start to the second half allowing St Columba to score 4 trys in almost as many minutes; their loose forwards joining the backline and creating large overlaps. Hardwork by Argaum (particularly Kevin
Anderson and James Rubenis) did find holes in the St Columba defence to give a well earned converted try. Typical Argaum spirit was shown in the last 10 minutes to restrict St Columba further trys; a debut for Dom Storer coming on for Toby
Liberson. Althugh resulting in an embarressing scoreline there were a number of positives for Argaum, which, with training and the progression of the season should result in a good team.

St Columba and Torpoint 74 - Plymouth Argaum 17
Tries - Anderson
Con - Wood
Pen - Wood

1. Dan Storer
2. Toby Liberson
3. Ed Notley
4. Geoff Kelly
5. Paul Venkort
6. Tony Polo Matus.(Injured first half)
7. Dom Waites
8. Kev Anderson Man of the Match
9. Damo Pegg
10. Andy White
11. Joe Booth
12. James Rubenis
13. Dave Parmenter
14. Richard Hammond
15. Mike Wood

Ian Darcy (for Tony Polo Matus);
Neil Robertson (for Ian Darcy);
Dom Storer (for Toby Liberson) Debut.

Kevin Anderson
Man of the Match

Argaum started well with the pack able to match Plym Vics larger set of forwards. The back line, most of whom were playing in their respective position for the first time in the League, provided a dangerous attack combined with a solid defence.
Darren Revell in his new role of Flyhalf constanty linked well with his centres to test the defence and was eventually rewarded by the first try of the game, converted by fullback Mike Wood. As the match went on the larger Plym Vic pack started to dominate allowing them to start building a lead. There were a number of highlights of the second half for Argaum including some sterling efforts from Stuart Quarterman mixing between his new Scrumhalf role and his conventional backrow abilities to marshal a pack under pressure; earning him the Man of the Match award. Quarterman’s try was Argaum’s only points in the second half despite a good team performance, keeping at it until the final whistle. Despite the negative result it was an encouraging game for the Argaum side that always looked dangerous with lots of potential for the coming season. Particular mention is due for the two new wingers whose speed, strength, positioning and ball skills belies their novice status; a testament to the hard work and commitment over the off season.

Tries - Quarterman, Revell
Con - Wood

1. Wayne Liddle. Replaced by Dan Storer in 2nd half (League debut)
2. Toby Liberson. Replaced by Dave Parmenter in 2nd half
3. Ed Notley (Captain)
4. Rob Wintle
5. Guy Whelton. Replaced by Paul Venkort in 2nd half
6. Ivan Neira-Polo
7. Tony Polo-Matus
8. Kev Anderson (Vice- Captain)
9. Stuart Quarterman Man of the Match
10. Darren Revell, 1 Try
11. Joe Booth (League debut)
12. Dom Waites
13. Geoff Kelly
14. Richard Hammond (League debut)
15. Mike Wood Dick of the Week

16. Dave Parmenter
17. Paul Venkort
18. Dan Storer

Stuart Quarterman - Man of the Match

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