Defeat doesn't spoil Hancock's return to Techs
Old Techs...20 Tamar Saracens...16
NO HARD feelings from Sarries' coach Ray Hancock, despite losing to his former club – and in controversial circumstances.
The visitors were ahead by one point going into the final few minutes of the match.
But Techs' Tom James made a break for the Sarries goal-line and touched down to ultimately win the match for the Devon Two leaders.
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The question afterwards was: Was James' foot out of bounds before he grounded the ball?
Techs chairman John Young, who was that linesman, reckoned it wasn't.
Some of the Sarries team members said it was and expressed themselves in no uncertain terms.
Hancock, though, was pleased with both the reception he received at his old club – and with the way his troops played.
He said: "We think the Techs' player's foot was in touch before he scored.
"But having said that, we could have had a penalty try awarded against us because we kept pulling down the line-outs.
"The point is the boys gave 100 per cent, everyone said how pleased they were to see me back at the club and it was a good day. You can't ask for much more than that."
Techs' chairman Young said: "We made hard work of the game and there was some controversy over how we won, but I am certain Tom's foot didn't go out of bounds until after he had grounded the ball.
"In any case, we had three pushover tries disallowed."
In a see-saw game which saw the lead switch from one team to another, Phil Ingleson scored two tries for Techs, Billy Evans adding the rest of the points with his boot, with James adding the decisive score deep into the second half.
Scorers for Sarries were Stef Jones and Sam Parker, full-back John Mead also scoring a penalty.
Plymouth Argaum...13 St Columba and Torpoint...3
PLYMOUTH ARGAUM proved beyond any doubt their days as the Devon Two whipping boys are long gone with one of their most significant scalps for some years.
Saints, relegated from Devon One last year, are on a mission to get back to the higher flight as soon as possible and arrived at Bickleigh Down as favourites on Saturday.
But Argaum, who would have struggled to win a half-time raffle, let alone a match, three years ago, were too much for them.
Two Tom Richards penalties gave Argaum a 6-3 lead at the interval – Saints scoring their penalty through Ben Green.
It could have been worse for Saints, had not Argaum also missed three penalty attempts.
The second half saw Aaron Anderson-Smith score the crucial try for Argaum, Richards converting.
The win lifts Argaum to fifth place – only three points off the second promotion slot.
Head coach Dave Sansom was delighted with the win – and spirit in which the game was played.
He said: "It's a bit different these days, because some of the players were with the team when they were always losing and it's a bit difficult to convince them that they're going out to win.
"I thought, however, it was a cracking game. We played some really nice rugby and St Columba played the game as it should be played – nice and clean, but hard.
"I think both sides enjoyed it – both sets of spectators seemed to."
DHSOB chairman of rugby Mike Freeman gave his players a huge pat on the back despite a hefty defeat in north Devon.
He said: "I'm really proud of the lads – we were a bit short and we took up seven or eight players who were effectively second-team players last season and they did really well.
"We gave them (Ilfracombe) a good game for 50 minutes, then we sort of ran out of steam.
"Having said that, we are having a development season and nobody on the team gave up – we were even camped on their line towards the end of the game."
PLYMSTOCK ALBION OAKS climbed to the top of Devon One with a crushing 76-5 win over Dartmouth at Horsham.