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Latest Result Buckfastleigh 9 OPM's 8

OPMs were ‘gutted’ after conceding a controversial drop-goal with the last play of the game to lose 9-8 at Buckfastleigh on Saturday.

The Old Boys were leading 8-6 with time virtually up on the clock. But they gave away a penalty and had a player sin-binned for a high tackle and Buckfastleigh went for goal. Harry Laity missed the penalty kick in the wind and OPMs grounded it in their in-goal area thinking time was up.

However, the referee decided there was still time for one more play and ruled that OPMs have taken the ball into their in-goal area and awarded Buckfastleigh a five-metre scrum. The scrum then went uncontested due to an injury to a Buckfastleigh player and from the set-piece, the hosts went inside and Laity dropped a goal to win the match.

“We are absolutely gutted,” said OPMs captain Billy Garratt.

The Old boys were 6-5 down at the break, with Laity kicking two penalties for the hosts and Garratt scoring a try from the back of a good scrum.

With 15 minutes to go Sammie Matts, returning from a wrist injury, came on and kicked a penalty to edge OPMs in front. It looked like they might become the first team outside the top three to beat Buckfastleigh until the late drama.

Despite the disappointment, OPMs were proud of their performance and Garratt felt there were plenty of positives.

“Our defence was incredible,” he said. “We have got back to that place where we are not letting tries in. As much as they tried they could not score.”

Story courtesy of Plymouth Sports Gazette.

OPM 19 - Totnes 15

OPMs are now up to fifth in the standings after their third league win of the season.

The match could have gone either way, but OPMs showed good game management in the closing stages to see it out.

Shaun Grundy and Mark Hardy scored tries for the hosts in the first half, with Henry Matthews adding one conversion. After the break captain Billy Garratt added a third try, which was also converted by Matthews.

Totnes’ points came from tries two by James Ruddock and a penalty and conversion from Steve Chapple.

OPMs captain Garratt said: “Totnes are very unpredictable, but luckily we got the win, which we are very happy about.”

The Old Boys were pleased with the way they bounced back after losing 50-22 away at Torrington the week before.

“We are much happier this week,” added Garratt. “We did a lot of work on defence at training on Thursday and we performed really well and did exactly what we had done on the training paddock. That got us the win.”

Article by Plymouth Sports Gazette

OPM 25 Tamar Saracens 24

Article and Photos by Sara Raine Plymouth Sports Gazette

A LATE Henry Matthews penalty secured OPMs a narrow 25-24 victory over city rivals Tamar Saracens at King George V Playing Fields on Saturday.

OPMs, having been 22-12 up mid-way through the second half, found themselves trailing 24-22 going into the dying minutes, but Matthews put them back in front. However, Saracens still had a late chance to win the game, but the hosts desperately managed to keep them out right at the death.

“It was a hard-fought win,” said OPMs captain Billy Garratt. “We really made hard work of it. Our discipline in the first half was good, but we fell off second half. A yellow card got them back into the game.

“There was a scary point at the end when we’d just gone down to 14 again and they put a nice kick in, but we managed to come through and get the win. That’s two out of two now in Devon One.

“But we do have to focus on tackling as I think there was about 23 missed tackles out there.”

Tamar Saracens were unhappy with some decisions which went against them.

“We’re gutted,” said spokesman Marc Cioffi. “It was a tough pill to swallow, especially considering I felt we played the better rugby.

“A few silly decisions cost us the game.

“There was that controversial penalty near the end, but we still came back fighting.”

Sarries took the lead in the first minute. OPMs failed to gather the kick-off and gave away a penalty. The visitors went for the line-out and from it prop Adam Coutts scored and Lewis Swatton converted.

Both teams were making silly mistakes but as the half wore on OPMs began to settle and they pulled level on 25 minutes. After some good play to get into Sarries 22 they were awarded a penalty. They went for the corner and from it Garratt was driven over. Pete Regan converted to equalise.

And almost straight away, OPMs added a second try when fly-half Regan scored on the left after some good play. He also converted to make it 14-7.

Regan increased their lead with a penalty on 37 minutes before Dan Best scored in the right corner to reduce the gap to 17-12 on the stroke of half-time.

OPMs went 22-12 up in the 57th minute when Matthews broke down the blindside to score in the corner.

But the match changed when OPMs had Ben Hooper yellow card on 64 minutes. Straight away, Sarries made the extra man tell with Fraser Tatchell crossing on the left.

And four minutes later, Sarries went ahead when flanker Josh Heath scored a great try which saw him outrageously dummy two OPMs players. Swatton added the conversion to put his side 24-22 ahead.

With time running out, OPMs got a penalty, which was moved forward 10 metres for back-chat. That extra 10 metres made it a far easier kick for Matthews to edge his side back ahead in injury-time.

However, there was plenty of injury-time to add on and OPMs again made a mess of taking the kick-off and gave away a penalty. Sarries opted not to go for goal and instead went for the line-out. Although they lost that, they kept the pressure on and right at the death Swatton nearly scored when he kick over the defence and the ball bounce away from two OPMs players but they somehow managed to stop Sarries from scoring.

OPM Junior Rugby Newsletter Sep 2018

Welcome! A New Season and New Newsletter format.

Karen Gerson has handed the duties over to Helen Foale for the publication  of the newsletter.  A Big thank you from the OPM Family and committee to Karen for all her work and effort she has put into all the previous very informative newsletters.

To download the full article please CLICK HERE

OPM RFC thanks Councillor Vivien Pengelly for her support

OPM RFC Junior and Senior sections had the pleasure of welcoming our local Councillor Vivien Pengelly to view the new OPM developments and facilities at Elburton. Vivien visited on Sunday to see a huge number of Juniors training on Sunday and walk through the new changing facilities and social area. She met many of our Junior Committee & coaches, new catering manager Val Noden and discussed our future plans and projects for the Elburton facility.

Vivien has been an active member of the OPM Family and supported us with many decisions undertaken by Plymouth City Council, with our Community engagement and with her recognition of our ongoing work by supporting us with Community grants when available including this season.

Vivien was very impressed with the recent developments undertaken and especially noted about the huge impact and benefits that this would have for the local community by providing an excellent facility for children of all ages to play rugby and exercise, have fun, learn the RFU values and enjoy the pitches and social area which are now available. She is looking forward to assisting us again this season and we would like to thank her for all of her efforts in supporting the OPM Family.

Matt Glastonbury

OPM RFC Chairman