TAMAR Saracens continued their good run of form with a hard-earned derby win over OPMs at the Parkway.
Sarries have now picked up 17 points out of their last 20 with victories over OPMs, North Tawton, New Cross and a walkover against Dartmoth.
On Saturday all their points came in the first half with prop Tom Hicklin scoring from a maul and then almost straight away man-of-the-match Fraser Tatchell used his pace to cross for a second. Both tries were converted by the impressive Tom Rigby.
OPMs were a lot better in the second half and in the final 20 minutes really came to life but all they were able to add for their efforts was a Sammie Matts penalty.
“It was a bit of an ugly win, if I’m honest,” said Saracens’ Marc Cioffi. “It was one of those games where we were playing really good rugby until we got into their 22 and then we seemed to get white-line fever and everything went to pot.
“We had the 14 points before half-time, but they came back at us with a better attitude second half. If I’m honest the second half was quite boring and dull. There were some good breaks going forward by both teams, but the tackling from both sides was really good as well.
“I really do think OPMs deserved to be a lot higher in the table.”
OPMs have lost their last three matches and sit third-from-bottom of the table.
“In the forwards it was fairly tight,” said OPMs captain Billy Garratt. “They always come at you with all guns blazing, especially with their forwards, but we did front up.
“Their first try was scored from a maul from a line-out, which was a bit frustrating as usually we are quite good at defending them.
“I think heads dropped a little bit when that score was given and from the next kick-off they ran through the middle of us and scored another try. Again that was very frustrating. You shouldn’t be allowing teams to go straight down the middle of you. Individual tackles weren’t there and that let us down.
“In last 20 minutes of the game we really came alive and we rattled them a lot. We made some decent carries. I just wish we had clicked on in the first half as well as the last 20 of the second. If we had done that we would have been all right.
“All we can do is go into training and work on what needs to be worked on. We just need to get our phases and game-plan going.”