Senior Match Reports (149)
Chiefs & Wanderers
(September 10th 2002, k.o. 18:30 Bickleigh Down)
Argaum Chiefs defeated a strong Saltash II side at Bickleigh Down last night by 19-5. Ashes started strongly and take an early lead through a well-worked try from Julian Oakes. This score galvanised Argaum who replied later in the half through a try in the corner from Phil Hall expertly converted by Darren Wills from the touchline.
Playing down the slope in the second half the Chiefs began to take control of the match. Phil Hall scampered over for his second touch down early in the half, before a sustained period of pressure saw Simon Robertson squeeze over from short range, Wills adding the conversion to the latter.
Spilt passes saw both sides spurn scoring chances in the final stages but the score remained the same for Argaum to pick up the Combination Merit Table points.
Argaum Chiefs: Tomlinson, Betts(Pearce), Wills, Hall, Liberson(D.Morgan), Critchley, Tottman, Hunt, Foster, McDowell(capt), Moulder(Quickley), Barnes(Roberts), Burt, Robertson, Matt. Rep not use: Duff
Tries: Hall(2), Robertson; Cons: Wills(2).
(September 21st 2002, k.o. 15:00 Bickleigh Down)
A match of two halves as Argaum took advantage of a disorganised Plym Vic start to run in early tries from Mike Louise & Steve Tomlinson, Darren Wills converting both. Plym Vic hit back through a Chris Maddison try converted by Stretch King. Argaum - with captain Phil Morgan deputising at second row - started to dominate up front and went on a scoring spree with tries from captain Phil Morgan, Kev Quickley, Darren Wills (2) & Paul Critchley. Wills slotted 4 more conversions. Trailing 47-7 at the break Plym Vic rallied valiantly and hit back with tries from Lee Ainsley, Chris Maddison and Ben Towle, King converting all 3 tries. Argaum responded with a further unconverted try from Paul Critchley before Doc Livingston scored underneath the posts, King converting. An encouraging performance from Argaum who despite missing a few regulars showed a ruthless streak in the first half but took their foot of the gas slightly in the second. Nevertheless Argaum progress into the second round for the first time in a few seasons.
Argaum Chiefs: Tomlinson, Quickley, J.Jemmeson, Wills, Louise, A.Critchley, Tottman, Truscott, P.Critchley, Foster, Clack, P.Morgan(capt), Robertson, Sillitoe, Moulder.
Tries: Tomlinson, Louise, P.Morgan, Quickly, Wills(2), P.Critchley(2); Cons: Wills(6).
Devon 3: Argaum Chiefs 21 Buckfastleigh Ramblers 12
(September 28th 2002, k.o. 15:00 Bickleigh Down)
The Chiefs kept up their recent good from with a hard-fought victory over Buckfastleigh at Bickleigh Down. The Ramblers, who had despatched Civil comfortably in the opening round of league fixtures, started in confident mood and scored a superbly constructed try through their backs in the opening few minutes. It looked like Argaum would be in for a really hard afternoon when they added a second try but with no.8 Rocky Roberts ploughing his way over from short range and Mike Louise scoring an opportunist try (Wills converting)the teams turned around at half-time level at 12-12. On a very warm autumn afternoon Argaum began to turn up the heat in the second half. The pack put Bucks under huge pressure in the scrum, while Phil Morgan - relishing his new role at second row - and Mark Foster dominated the line-out. Several times Argaum threatened the try-line without scoring but sustained pressure did produce infringements from the Ramblers and Darren Wills stepped up to slot over 3 penalty goals. Buckfastleigh produced a rousing finish but good defence coupled with excellent clearance kicks from Paul Tottman and Paul Critchley saw Argaum take both points. The return match in January promises to be another cracking encounter.
Argaum Chiefs: Tomlinson, J.Jemmeson, Wills, Hall, Louise, P. Critchley, Tottman, Roberts(A.Critchley), McDowell (capt), Foster, Clack, P.Morgan, Robertson, Truscott, Moulder. (Reps Not used: Bartlett, Stevens)
Tries: Roberts, Louise; Cons: Wills; Pens: Wills(3).
(October 12th 2002, k.o. 15:00 Bickleigh Down)
A win that takes Argaum to joint top of Devon 3 in what was generally an unsatisfying afternoon. The match was brought to a premature end when injuries to the referee, David Mason of Saltash, forced him to abandon the encounter after 62 minutes. Having passed the required 60 minutes however the result stood. With Andy Critchley, Paul Critchley and Simon Robertson unavailable the Chiefs once again showed their flexibility this season with captain Lee McDowell slotting in at hooker. Danny Morgan was welcomed back at full-back whilst Chris Curnow and Nigel Pinder returned to the pack. Argaum started poorly and made more mistakes in the first 10 minutes then they have in the previous 2 matches combined. Several penalties were conceded but St Columba could only convert one of those chance through Steve Rivett. Argaum gradually played their way out of trouble and Mike Louise, playing his best rugby for some time, went over in the corner for a try after a quickly taken throw in. Although the line-out wasn't functioning particularly well the home pack started to take a grip on the game in most other areas, once again dominating the scrummage. Pressure started to tell on Columba and Darren 'Sparky' Truscott barged his way over for a second try which completed the first half scoring. Turning around 10-3 up and playing down the slope you would have expected the Chiefs to rattle up the score, but the third (and final) quarter was a stop-start affair with the referee needing treatment on a number of occasions. From one of the few constructive passages of play Phil Hall was sent over in the bottom corner for his 5th try of the season after a quickly taken penalty. Argaum will probably feel they would have added to the scoreline had the match had gone the distance but at this stage of the season 2 league points is what matters most.
Argaum Chiefs: D.Morgan, Quickly, P.Morgan, Wills, Louise, Tomlinson, Tottman, Pinder, Hall, Foster, Clack, Curnow, Truscott, McDowell(c), Moulder.
Tries: Louise, Truscott, Hall; Pens: Wills.
Plymouth Argaum...5 Dartmouth...52
PROP Mark Handley was Argaum's sole points scorer in this defeat at Bickleigh Down.
Dartmouth fly-half Marc Cresswell proved to be the key player in his side's comprehensive victory.
The success was Darts' first of the campaign, while Argaum have yet to win this term.
ARGAUM suffered a heavy defeat for the second week running.
They found themselves behind from a Ryan Tunnicliffe penalty.
Centre Phillip Ingleson went over for the Old Boys who piled on the points in the first quarter.
Number eight Sean Bedford-Smith claimed a try before second row Dan Shepherd grounded from a catch and drive.
Ingleson dotted down his second and second row Nick Dorian was rewarded for his display with Tech's last try of the half.
The Old Boys dominated the line-outs and used the catch and drive well to keep their backs supplied.
The Chiefs defended well after the break and contained Techs to a solitary try through flanker Neil Williams, crowning a good performance.
New Cross...91 Plym Argaum...0
NEW BOYS to league rugby New Cross sent out a message on their debut by beating Argaum by 91 points without reply.
The Newton Abbot-based club took only two minutes to claim their first league points with full-back Clinton Mill in for a try.
Number eight Chris Grice was second over the Chiefs' line and winger Tom Savage followed with the first of a hat-trick.
Centre Matt Douglas scored his first and completed a hat-trick in the second half with back-to-back tries.
Winger Rick Bull and scrum-half Louis Griffiths took a pair apiece with prop Nick Halse and Aidan Messer notching a single. Fly-half Messer struck with eight conversions and Mill added the ninth.
Plymouth Argaum...24 Plymouth Barbarians II...15
ARGAUM clinched their win with flanker Andy Jones breaking from a ruck in the last play of the game.
Full-back Mike Wood had grabbed Argaum's first points and New Zealander Mike Scaab broke from his own 22 for his try. Scrum-half Paddy Lammin dived over from a ruck for their third try. Wood converted but with Barbarians registering two tries the home side were 19-10 up at half-time.
(from the Evening Herald)