Senior Match Reports (149)
Chiefs & Wanderers
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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
With just 10 mins to go before kickoff it appeared that Old Techs would not be able to field a side but they were able to start with 14 men. Argaum failed to capitalise with the first points going to Old Techs by way of a soft penalty. Despite valiant efforts by Stuart Quarterman as Scrum Half and Darren Revell in defence a further try was conceded before the break which was duly converted. Argaum lost Prop Wayne Liddle and both wingers Paul Adam and Joe Booth to injuries before the break all 3 replacements were thrown in and ready for action. Mark Mahaly replaced Joe Booth on 1 flank with Tony Matus coming on at flanker with Mark Churchill moving to fullback and Mike Wood taking up the other flank. Argaum came back hard in the second half with the pack picking up the pace and showing Old Techs some true aggression. This resulted in a try for Pack Leader Kev Anderson from the back of a 5m scrum. Unfortunately a late surge by Old Techs gained them a further try, this with another soft penalty left Argaum with another disappointing scoreboard and plenty to work on if they are to win against Buckfastleigh next week.
1. Ed Notley
2. Alistair Bailey
3. Wayne Liddle (replaced Tony Matus 20mins)
4. Paul Venkort
5. Stephen Barnes
6. Mark Churchill
7. Rob Wintle
8. Kevin Anderson
9. Stuart Quarterman
10. Darren Revell
11. Paul Adams (replaced Christian Neira-Polo 30mins)
12. Steve Howard
13. Nick Evans
14. Joe Booth (replaced Mark 35mins)
15. Mike Wood
Reps: Christian Ivan Thor Neira-Polo, Tony Matus, Mark Mahaly, Dom Storer
Man of the match - Darren Revell
Unsure if this match would go ahead due to the serve rainfall in the previous week. We arrived at Buckfastleigh to find the Cricket Gound pitch in playable state. With the Buckfastleigh ground open to the elements this was to get worse as the game progressed. Argaum started the match the stronger of the two with the forwards very much dominating the first 20 mins. However Buckfastleigh were very quick to ruck and keep possesion and gained yards very well. The opening score came on 10 mins when Fly-half Darren Revell received the ball in the opposition 22 and made a darting run beating their number 10 and both centres to touch the ball down between the posts. Try converted by Mike Wood. The Ramblers continued to push and work the Argaum forwards with Paul Venkort making a try saving tackle right on the try line. On 20 mins the break came for buckfastleigh with a try from one of their forwards Steve Chapple missed the converstion. Right from the re-start Argaum continued to work hard with the forwards setting up Lock Paul Venkort to go over out wide for his 1st try of the season. With the wind blowing hard directly across the pitch the conversion was never going to be easy and was missed. Argaum went into the break leading 12-5... a great half of rugby considering the conditions. Straight from the re-start, the worst happened... Buckfastleigh pulled a try back directly under the posts converted by Steve Chapple 12-12, all to play for now. Number 8 Kev Anderson injured his arm and was replaced by Stuart Quarterman and Alan Donoghue making his debut on the wing made way for Mark Mulcahy in a straight swap. This was very much a forwards game and both sets continued to battle hard to get the winning points. These came to Buckfastleigh who had a line out on the 5, which they won and in 4 phases moved the ball out wide for the winger to touch down. Conversion missed. Argaum continued to battle but the Buckfastleigh defence stayed strong despite some great drives within their 22, but there was no way through. Final score, 17-12. Argaum can take a lot away from this game, away from home they showed true fighting spirit.
1. Ed Notley
2. Alistair Bailey
3. Wayne Liddle
4. Paul Venkort
5. Guy Whelton
6. Tony Matus
7. Rob Wintle
8. Kevin Anderson (replaced Stuart Quaterman)
9. Christian Neira-Polo
10. Darren Revell
11. Dave Parmenter
12. Paul Adams
13. James Rubenis
14. Alan Donoghue. (Mark Mahaly)
15. Mike Wood
Reps: Mark Mahaly, Stuart Quaterman Man of the match - Rob Wintle
Dick of the Week- Stuart Quaterman
Argaum 1st xv chalked up their second victory of the season with this home win against Dartmouth. COACH Howell Phillips was not entirely satisfied with his team's performance after they eased past 14-man Dartmouth. Argaum have progressed from a team who would have had trouble buying a win to one which has recorded two straight victories, but Phillips said afterwards: "I'm not very happy with the result, because we made too many mistakes and they were playing with 14 men."
Devonport High School Old Boys' director of rugby Mike Freeman blamed complacency, dodgy decisions and a resurgent Argaum side for his team's bad day at the office.
The Stonehouse Creek-based outfit met an improving Argaum, unrecognisable from last season's whipping boys, on the back of a 42-point thrashing of Dartmouth.