1st XV - Match centre

Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
Dartmouth
Full time
K Caunter, R Seymour
D Champion
Unknown, Unknown
D Champion
Sat 4 Mar 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Devon 2

OPMs RFC 6 Dartmouth RFC 15

Dartmouth end OPM's hopes of promotion with 13th straight win

Dartmouth RFC v OPM's RFC
Devon League Two
Dartmouth win 15 – 6

Dartmouth travelled to Plymouth this week for their final away league fixture. Their
hosts OPM's were in third place and needed to beat Dartmouth to have a chance of joining
them as Devon 2 runners up and gaining promotion to Devon 1. Though all ready
guaranteed the title, the Darts have their sights set on a winning the league with no losses,
so both teams had plenty to play for.
It was a blustery afternoon, with some sun and rain squalls in equal measure and a
strong wing blowing straight down the pitch, as the home team elected to play with the
wind in the first half, the Darts knew they would have to keep the ball to hand and work
there way into the scoring positions. The better Dartmouth pack were in the ascendancy
from the off, with constant pressure in the OPM's 22, perhaps only impatience being their
main weakness, and it was this factor that enable OPM's to capitalise on any mistakes and
clear their line using the strong wind as a 'Get out of Jail', and it was Dartmouth who found
themselves 6 - 0 down at the break through two long range penalties. But with the wind
in the second half the Darts knew they could make their dominance count. Their one
change was a straight swap on the flank with Karl Caunter replacing Tom Clark
From the off Caunter, made his presence felt, with a great running take from a well
placed kick off, he then drove deep into the OPM's half backed up by excellent work from
the rest of the pack, when unable to compete the home team were penalised, it was down
to stand off Luke Chase to find the corner from the penalty. From the line out catch, pick
and drive, it was Caunter who was in the right place to touch down for the try, the
conversion went wide but Dartmouth were right back in it with only a point being the
difference. With the Darts well on top, it was only a matter of time before OPM's
transgressed again, with Dave Champion slotting over the resultant penalty, Dartmouth 8
- 6 ahead. It was shortly after the Darts had gained the lead, that OPM's had their last
meaningful attack and secured a penalty of their own through a Dartmouth player 'not
releasing'. The kick was quite a way out and against the strong wind, the ball fell short.
Dartmouth now exerted full control, pinning the OPM's team deep in the corner, after
some good defending, the home team were eventually made to pay for one penalty too
many and received a yellow card, with 10 minutes to play this was the straw that broke
the camel's back, and Dartmouth scored again through Rick Seymour with a successful
conversion denying the home team a single bonus point.
Though not the highest scoring game, this was Dartmouth at their best and it will
take a brave punter to bet against them. Dartmouth play Old Techs at home on Saturday
for the last league game of the season, a first plays second, with Dartmouth all ready
champions they would love to go one better, for the perfect win ration of 14 played and
14 won. The season then concludes with a short tour to Ireland over St. Patrick's weekend
followed by the Devon Junior Cup competition.

Report by Andy Williams

OPMs v Dartmouth 04-03-2017
100 photos

Key moments

9:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
15:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
52:00
Try Karl Caunter scores for Dartmouth
57:00
Penalty Dave Champion kicks a penalty for Dartmouth
74:00
Try Ricky Seymour scores for Dartmouth
74:00
Conversion Dave Champion kicks a conversion for Dartmouth

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OPMs v Dartmouth 04-03-2017
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Jack Clark is awarded player of the match for Dartmouth
76:00 Sub On
Alex Hassard is substituted on for Dartmouth
76:00 Sub Off
Dave Champion is substituted off for Dartmouth
76:00 Sub On
Jack Stirk is substituted on for Dartmouth
76:00 Sub Off
Alex Parrott is substituted off for Dartmouth
74:00 Try 6 - 13
Ricky Seymour scores for Dartmouth
74:00 Conversion 6 - 15
Dave Champion kicks a conversion for Dartmouth
69:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
66:00 Sub On
Tom Clark is substituted on for Dartmouth
66:00 Sub Off
Dec Hammond is substituted off for Dartmouth
60:00 Missed Penalty
Penalty missed for Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
57:00 Penalty 6 - 8
Dave Champion kicks a penalty for Dartmouth
52:00 Sub On
Will Lockerbie is substituted on for Dartmouth
52:00 Sub Off
Adam Sharam is substituted off for Dartmouth
52:00 Missed Conversion
Jack Clark misses a conversion for Dartmouth
52:00 Try 6 - 5
Karl Caunter scores for Dartmouth
45:00 Sub On
Luke Bridgwood is substituted on for Dartmouth
45:00 Sub Off
Jack(Flash) Gordon is substituted off for Dartmouth
End of period 1
34:00 Sub Off
Tom Clark is substituted off for Dartmouth
34:00 Sub On
Karl Caunter is substituted on for Dartmouth
15:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Penalty kicked for Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
9:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Old Plymothian & Mannamedian
  • Dartmouth
  • 0
  • Penalty 9:00'
  • Penalty 15:00'
  • Tom Clark Sub Off 34:00'
  • Karl Caunter Sub On 34:00'
  • Jack(Flash) Gordon Sub Off 45:00'
  • Luke Bridgwood Sub On 45:00'
  • Karl Caunter Try 52:00'
  • Adam Sharam Sub Off 52:00'
  • Will Lockerbie Sub On 52:00'
  • Dave Champion Penalty 57:00'
  • Dec Hammond Sub Off 66:00'
  • Tom Clark Sub On 66:00'
  • Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Ricky Seymour Try 74:00'
  • Dave Champion Conversion 74:00'
  • Alex Parrott Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jack Stirk Sub On 76:00'
  • Dave Champion Sub Off 76:00'
  • Alex Hassard Sub On 76:00'
  • Jack Clark Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Bruckner, Josh Bruckner, Josh
Rooney, Gary Rooney, Gary
Champion, Dave Champion, Dave
Lobb, Richard Lobb, Richard
Gordon, Jack(Flash) Gordon, Jack(Flash)
Chase, Luke Chase, Luke
Clark, Jack Clark, Jack
Gibbs, Jason Gibbs, Jason
Clark, Tom Clark, Tom
Seymour, Ricky Seymour, Ricky
Parrott, Alex Parrott, Alex
Sharam, Adam Sharam, Adam
Dingle, John Dingle, John
Shillabeer, Nick Shillabeer, Nick
Hammond, Dec Hammond, Dec

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Dartmouth 14 60
2. Old Technicians 14 53
3. Old Plymothian & Mannamedian 14 47
4. Buckfastleigh Ramblers 14 35
5. Salcombe 14 26
6. Devonport HSOB 14 8
7. Plympton Victoria 14 5

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