With three successful games under their belt, the Withy boys will be happy with their early performance as they sit at the top of the table on 15pts.
So far, the Withy defence has proven as effective as the attack and they will want to keep this up as they face the first familiar opposition of the league after Argaum made the drop to Devon 1 alongside Withycombe. The last meeting between the two sides was back in December, when the visitors took the spoils with a 78th minute try to break the deadlock and win the game 5-12.
Back to this season and last week which saw Withycombe cross the whitewash nine times with a hat-trick from Neil Williams, two from George Toomey, and a try each for Adam Morris, Matt Brambles, Rob Griffin and Tom Croal on his 1st XV debut. Glenn Channing also had a good day with the boot, slotting 100% of his conversion attempts. A tenth try came from the referee after a penalty try was awarded on 60mins as a clinical performance finished with a final score of 7-70 away against a spirited Dartmouth side.
Our opponents currently sit fifth after an opening week win against New Cross for ‘The Chiefs’ was followed by two draws, with a home derby against OPMs finishing 15-15 and last week away at another Plymouth derby against Old Technicians, this time finishing ten points apiece. These results aren’t to be taken lightly as our boys need to be ready for a tough game this week against a side that will want to get some early points on the scoreboard.
On his pre-match comments, Head Coach, Sam said "We look forward to this week's clash with Plymouth Argaum in the hope that the weather will be good and we can enjoy our part in the club's Super Saturday that see's our ladies team play first up in what promises to be a great day of rugby.
We fully expect Argaum to provide another hugely physical test and know that we will need to front up in order to be able to put in place our attacking play. Whilst there will be some changes in personnel this weekend I would hope the players coming in will relish the opportunity to try and keep the shirt moving forward, particularly as numbers continue to grow on an almost weekly basis. Selection headaches were common last year but not in the same way and it is great to be having conversations with Glenn over who to start, as opposed to who is available.
As always the challenge this week will be about the processes and we had a productive session on Tuesday, looking at refining some decision making and fully understanding our roles in attack, that coupled with the non-negotiables in defence with be this week's focus. Hoping to see as many of you as possible on Saturday and feel free to grab me for a chat in the bar afterwards!"
Saturday’s fixture makes up part of the Club’s first “Super Saturday” of the season with the Withycombe Ladies also in action as they host Teignmouth Ladies in a friendly fixture at midday. There will also be a touch rugby workshop, run by the Exmouth Tri-Hards and we shall also be showing the World Cup on the big screen as England take on Argentina. The evening will also be busy with an Oktoberfest themed social evening – which is open to anyone that would like to join in… So don that lederhosen and find the stein for a geniale nacht! The club is open from 8:30am when breakfast baguettes will be served.
Kick off on Saturday is at 3pm. We hope to see as many of you there to be that "16th Man" and support the boys. For those that cannot be there, you can follow live match updates online at http://bit.ly/WITvsPAR or via the Pitchero App.