Argaum looking forward to first home game in Cornwall/Devon League

OPMs v Argaum

PLYMOUTH Argaum play their first Cornwall/Devon League match at Bickleigh Down on Saturday when they entertain Cornish side Hayle (3pm).

Argaum, who have earned consecutive promotions, made a winning start to life at the higher level last week when they beat Honiton 19-7 away.

“We played some not bad rugby and it was nice to get a win in our first-ever game in the Cornwall/Devon League,” said director of rugby Dave Sansom.

Dave Sansom Argaum

HOPEFUL: Argaum coach Dave Sansom (left)

“Before the start you would have definitely taken any away win in the first game. Even more so when we got there and the grass was about two foot long.

“I think they (Honiton) had a few away but so did we, so it evened itself out.

“We are at home to Hayle this week. It would be nice to get that first home win out of the way, but I think it will be tough.”

Hayle opened their season by beating Newquay 25-19 last week.

Before last Saturday’s opening match, Argaum had been at Twickenham for the National Rugby Awards. They were one of the finalists in the Community Club of the Year.

Crediton won the award but Sansom said it was just nice to be nominated and have the chance to rub shoulders with some of rugby’s elite at the home of English rugby.

“It was a brilliant,” said Sansom. “We met some really interesting people and a number of ex-England players. We got shown around the ground and the England changing rooms.

“I think we were runners-up but Crediton did well.”

Elsewhere in the Cornwall/Devon League, Tavistock and Plymstock Albion Oaks will be looking to get off the mark after opening day defeats.

Newly-promoted Oaks’ discipline let them down a bit last week as they lost 36-21 at home to St Ives, who were playing in the Western Counties West the season before. The visitors scored 20 points while Oaks had a man in the sin-bin.

This weekend Oaks travel to Bodmin, who are also looking for their first victory after going down 31-29 at Exeter Saracens.

Troubled Tavistock, who were relegated from the higher level in April, travel to Penzance to take on the Pirates Amateurs.

Tavistock lost 22-5 at Falmouth last week, while the Pirates went down 29-15 at Withycombe.

In Western Counties West, Saltash will be looking to gain their first victory after promotion when they travel to Cullompton.

Ashes put up a good show at home to last season’s runners-up Kingsbridge in their opening game, picking up a losing bonus point in a 20-14 defeat.

Devonport Services managed to get off to a winning start last Saturday when they overcame much-fancied Wadebridge 29-25 at the Rectory.

Services, like their Devonport neighbours Albion, have back-to-back home games to start the season. They host Truro on Saturday. However, they have been hit with early season injuries.  Alex Percival, Tyler Busfield and Sam Bennett are all faces lengthy spells of the sidelines.



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