OPMs keen to bring fun back into their rugby as they target promotion


OPMs are targeting an immediate return to the Cornwall/Devon League.

The Elburton-based club were relegated to Devon One last season after an injury-hit campaign.

Although they have lost some players to higher league clubs, the Old Boys are hoping they can have a memorable year.

Coach Leigh Puttock, who has returned to the club this summer, says he has been concentrating on trying to bring enjoyment back into the team’s rugby.

“I think the club as a whole took a big hit last year, purely because of how tough the league was,” said Puttock.

“But this year we are going forward with a no-fear mentality and looking to really bring fun back into our rugby.

“For the past few weeks since I have been taking training again, we’ve been really concentrating on the fun mentality of rugby.”

He added: “We have lost a few players to Oaks, but I don’t want anyone at the club who doesn’t want to be here. If we are going to have fun going forward, we don’t want people feeling frustrated turning up.

“We are looking at bringing players in who maybe aren’t getting first team rugby at other places and who we think we can develop.

“We’ll build again and I have no doubts we will be there or there abouts this season.

“We want a nice competitive year and I want to feel like if we do go back up again that we have developed boys in a competitive environment.”

OPMs kick off their season on Saturday when they travel to North Tawton in the Intermediate Vase.

They warmed up for that game with a 28-7 defeat at Cornwall/Devon side Argaum last weekend.

Puttock was encouraged by his team’s display at Bickleigh Down particularly in the final quarter, which they won 7-0.

“The big change we are making this year is we are probably going to move Gavin Wray from centre to the back-row and bring a few of our youngsters through into the centres,” said Puttock.


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