In the first game of the season Argaum were rewarded for their liveliness and combined efforts in the loose with a narrow victory over their opponents by two tries to a try.
The civilians opened against the wind and for several minutes were one man short. Metters early attempt at dropping a goal deserved a better fate, and despite the scrum advantage enjoyed by the sailors, keen tackling kept both lines intact until after the interval.
Argaum's account was opened when Baker forced his way over from five yards, his kick failing. Devonshire levelled matters within five minutes, however, Pritchard going over in the corner after a neat round of passing. ten minutes from time Metters sent Barron through for the winning try.
At Roborough, Argaum's second string registered a comfortable win by a goal and five tries to nil. The visitors defence impressed in the first half, and only two tries were conceded, Wright and Heeley scoring.
After the interval Old Techs lost most of the set scrums and apart from spasmodic raids in which Stitson figured, Argaum's backs had much their own way. Tries were scored by Whiting (2), Hayter and Robertson and Bennett goal points to one.
A bright, open game, played in the best spirit, between the co-tenants of the Roborough pitch, ended a draw, each side scoring penalty goal. Metters, the Argaum full-back, made the first score early on. Both packs showed up well with the home eight just a shade more constructive, but the Old Boys were fast spoilers. Dixon, at winging-forward, came near to increasing the lead, but defences remained on top. Ten minutes from the end Mahoney was caught in possession, and Bartlett made no mistake with his third penalty kick.
Newton failed to exploit a slight deficiency in the Plymouth club's back division, and after coming off second best in the forward battle were defeated by one goal and two tries to nil. Argaum played the game best suited to the slippery conditions and good co-ordination in the loose scrummages led to a try directly before the interval by Rhodes. Baker added another and from T Daly's punt ahead Farren gathered and crossed over for Ball to convert.
Argaum's second string took their chances to win a hard-fought game in Central Park by two tries to a penalty goal. After a pointless first half, Elford dived over for their opening try, following a forward attack. Perry's penalty goal brought the score level, before Chapman's alertness in following up produced the deciding unconverted try.
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.
I had an enquiry before Christmas from Bob Browning who played for the club in the 1960s and although not a regular managed to get selected for the Argaum XV against a Devon County side in April 1962. The match was part of the club's 75th Anniversary Celebrations. Bob, a former St Boniface pupil and now resident in Bournemouth, takes up the story.
T.Daly and D.Maunder were both selected to play for Plymouth Combination in the month of September. Daly was captain in the first match at Kingsbridge. Results of both games are unknown.
Argaum's failure to get possession from the set scrums limited their scoring chances, but after a loose rush Rhodes went over for a try to give them an interval lead. Falmouth's attacking movements were left unfinished because of poor handling, but they enjoyed a fair share of the game, and deserved to equalise through Coombes, who kicked a penalty goal from an awkward angle.
Old Technicians hardly deserved to lose a robust game by three tries to pil, for their attack was frequently the more constructive. With Smithfield, their elusive scrum-half, as the pivot, they had Argaum worried in the early stages, but lacked stamina. Handling was poor because of the high wind, and after the home backs had missed several chances, the forwards took control. P. Wood made the only score of the first half, and further tries were added by J. Burns and R. Heeley.