Bill Farren continued as captain, Jack Douglas his deputy, and for this season the Committee included a representation of the Extra A XV. Building on the favourable results of the previous season and reinforced by two "crafty" centres in the person of George Little and Lofty Hughes, who may have had a different baptismal name but if so it remained wrapped in secrecy.
Roborough. Plymouth Argaum won their Boxing Day game against O.P.M.s by a solitary try to nil. Play was hard and robust, but movement generally lacked polish. W. Hitchins heeling well, the virile home forwards controlled the first half, and ten minutes from the interval Douglas, at stand-off. received and crossed over after a 30- yard run. In mid-field the visitors' backs looked dangerous, with Beamish prominent at centre, but their attacks petered out against an alert defence. Argaum came near to increasing their lead when Douglas went just wide with a drop kick. Ball and Mutton, the respective full-backs, were in excellent form, and Blackburn stood out in the winners' pack.
Two well-matched packs monopolised most of a rather scrappy game at Cross. Argaum, hard hit by injuries, managed to win by two tries to nil, but failed to exploit to the full their " outside " supremacy. Scrum-half Daly crossed from the blind side of a scrummage during the first half, and Douglas followed up a diagonal kick to add a second try. Baker led the winners' pack well, and Palmer was cool at full-back. Horsham distinguished himself In the home eight.
Depleted Argaum A's first defeat of season.
Fielding only fourteen men Argaum A suffered their first defeat of the season at Torpoint, their only reply to the home total of a goal, 3 penalty goals and a try being a solitary penalty goal from Magill The visiting backs, denied an adequate scrum service, were literally faded out of the picture. Williams goaled three penalties for Raleigh, and converted a try by Ross. After a brilliant interception Boyes raced through to score an unconverted try.
Although the match at Dartmouth was closely contested open play was restricted by the monotonous touch finding of the home team, several of whom lacked experience. With the slope in their favour the Plymouth club attacked fiercely. Major's attempt to drop a goal fell just short, and a good follow up by Gourlay and Griffins saw the last named cross over. Magill adding the extras. In the loose the Dartmouth for- wards were well led, but their quick heeling from the tight went unrewarded.
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.
Play at Roborough was confined largely to the forwards. After holding Argaum to a 6-5 lead and dominating the line-outs and tight scrummages, the visitors lost Williams and with him much of their fire. Timoney. Dobell. Gibbs, Major, Dunne, and Whiting touched down for the home team and the lastnamed added a penalty. A conversion was made by Sugden. Excell scored for the Regiment and May converted.
Among the large number of people present at the Plymouth Argaum Rugby Football Club ball in the Lecture Hall, last night were representatives from other clubs in Plymouth, Devon, and Cornwall.
Two of the strongest teams in the Plymouth Combination met a gruelling game at the Brickfields, and Argaum, with the heavier and more vigorous pack, ran out winners by two goals to one penalty goal. Yendell, Young, and Close stood out in the visitors' fast-moving back division, but they were foiled by keen marking and the adverse conditions. The civilians' tries —one in each half resulted from concerted dribbles. Blackburn and Douglas touched down, and the latter goaled both tries. Wreford and scrum-half Daly worked hard for the winners.
The speed and dash of their " threes" paved the way for Argaum's victory at Roborough by a goal and five tries to one try. Launceston dominated the lineout during the first half, and after Pooley's opening try levelled the score through Hitchins. The Cornish club's defence fell away when Magill cut through the centre to score and convert, and further tries were added by Sugden (2), Dunne, and Griffiths. Argaum's pack decisive.