IVYBRIDGE and Plymouth Argaum will be looking for more success on Wednesday night when they battle it out for the Lockie Cup and Ellis Trophy at the Rectory.
The pair have already enjoyed dream seasons, with Ivybridge winning promotion to National Three South West and Argaum booking their spot in the Cornwall/Devon League next season by claiming the Devon One title.
It is the second season running both clubs have claimed promotions.
On Wednesday night, Ivybridge’s second string, known as the Vandals, will battle it out with Argaum’s firsts for the Lockie Cup at 7.45pm. That follows on from the Ellis Trophy at 6pm, where Argaum’s seconds – the Wanderers – take on Ivybridge’s thirds.
Argaum won the Lockie Cup for the first time in 90 years last season but director of rugby Dave Sansom knows his team will face a tough task to retain it against an Ivybridge outfit who may be able to call on players who have tasted action in South West One this season.
“I think Ivybridge are a really good club,” said Sansom. “And you don’t get to where they have got to without having a good side.
“I think it’s going to be a really tough final, but I think it’s going to be a great game of rugby and it should be a good Wednesday night out for anyone.
“I have not got a clue what type of a side they (Ivybridge) are going to put out. They will probably know more about us than we do about them, but sometimes that can be better.
“We went into Devon One and did not have a clue about the other teams, apart from Plymstock Albion Oaks and Old Techs. To be honest, I was quite happy not to know as you can get side-tracked sometimes if you do.
“This is the second year running we have been in the Lockie and Ellis Cup finals. I’m as proud to make both these finals again as I am with us winning the league. There’s a lot of good teams in Plymouth, so I’m really chuffed we’ve made both premier finals again.
“It would cap a really good season to win one or the other, but, like I said, we don’t know what we will be up against.”
Argaum reached the Lockie Cup final by beating Devonport Services IIs in a thrilling and controversial semi-final that went down to the final play, having overcome league rivals Old Techs in the last eight.
Ivybridge IIs had an equally tense semi against Plymstock Albion Oaks, who they beat 11-10, having previously seen off DHSOB.
Admission to the Rectory is £4 for adults, with under-16 admitted free. Parking will be available in lower Brickfields.
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