OPMs missing players for re-match with St Columba & Torpoint


OPMs will replay their opening Devon One match of the season against St Columba and Torpoint on Saturday.

The Old Boys won the original fixture at Elburton 68-0 but the result was not allowed to stand as there was no RFU referee.

The official who should have been taking charge of the game was involved in an accident the night before and was not able to let anyone know.

Now OPMs have to play this Saturday, which was supposed to be a blank weekend for them, without a number of their first team and having suffered a confidence blow last week with a 56-0 defeat at neighbours Tamar Saracens.

OPMs coach Leigh Puttock said: “It is incredibly frustrating as we have got a lot of players out this weekend. The boys thought it was a free weekend and quite a lot are going to watch rugby elsewhere.”

OPMs might have won the ‘friendly’ game 68-0 but Puttock will not be taking the Saints lightly.

“We are definitely not going to be complacent,” he said. “Their (St Columba’s) pride was hurt that day and I’m sure they will be coming back with a different attitude.

“They lost again last week but we are coming off a heavy loss to Tamar Saracens.

“We’ve got to try and get our confidence back.

“There will be a lot of boys stepping up from the second team, but I’ve got a lot of faith in them. I’m sure we have boys who can do the job.

“After last week, we’ve just got to get back to basics. We have been working on our defensive patterns.

“We just have to go out there with no excuses and no fear.”

Meanwhile, it is cup action or a week off for the rest of the region’s clubs.

National Three South West side Ivybridge have been left without a match after South West One outfit Teignmouth pulled out of their Devon Senior Cup game due to front-row problems.

Devonport Services, Tavistock and Plymouth Argaum are all in Devon Intermediate Cup action.

It is the first time newly-promoted Devon/Cornwall outfit Argaum have been in this competition and they will entertain Western Counties West side Tiverton at Bickleigh Down.

Tiverton, who have former Albion forwards Tom Skelding and Wayne Sprangle as player-coaches, got their first win of the season last weekend when they beat Crediton.

Argaum have won three out of four of their opening Cornwall/Devon matches, however director of rugby Dave Sansom is likely to change his team around for the cup match.

“It will be a hard game, but a good one to have,” said Sansom.

Argaum’s boss, though, has made no secret that the league is their priority and no-one at Bickleigh Down is getting carried away by their impressive start.

“At the moment we are still feeling the water in Cornwall/Devon,” said Sansom. “It will probably be another four games before the league pans out.

“There’s 26 matches in the league, so four games is nothing.”

Last week Argaum overcame Tavistock 25-7.

Sansom said: “Tavistock are quite a strong side – stronger that their current league position says. They will certainly frighten a lot of teams”

Tavistock have been handed a local derby in the cup, with a home match against Western Counties West high-fliers Okehampton, who have only lost once so far this season.

Meanwhile, Devonport Services will be hoping to bounce back from their first defeat of the campaign last weekend when they host Western Counties West league rivals Sidmouth at the Rectory.

Sidmouth will be tough opponents. They have two out of their opening four games, with their only defeats coming at the hands of the top two, Kingsbridge and Exeter University.

Cornwall/Devon side Plymstock Albion Oaks face a tough test Western Counties West leaders Kingsbridge.

In the RFU Junior Vase, Tamar Saracens travel to Totnes. Full preview of that game HERE

Full South West rugby fixtures HERE


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