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.