Luffman relishing underdog tag in cup clash
Coach Steve Luffman admits his OPMs side will be underdogs when they take on Ivybridge in the juiciest of Devon Cup draws tonight.
The city side, promoted last season from Devon One, are holding their own in the Cornwall-Devon League.
Ivybridge, who suffered relegation jitters last season but eventually escaped the drop, are doing much the same thing in Western Counties West, one rung up the rugby ladder.
Luffman, assistant head coach with OPMs, acknowledges tonight’s Devon Intermediate Cup clash at Ivybridge’s Cross-in-Hand (7.30), will be a tough one.
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The game is being played under Ivybridge’s floodlights as RFU officials have insisted the tie should be played before Christmas.
OPMs, who have a number of players away for the festive season, were not in a position to play the match at the weekend.
“I’m assuming it’s on tonight, because of the dreadful weather forecast,” said Luffman.
“We are resting a couple of players – (winger) Martin Skelly has got a bit of a knock and (forward) Adam Geogeghan has played every single game this season and needs a break.
“Realistically, they (Ivybridge) are a whole division above us and are going quite well.
“We are going there as the underdogs and we’re quite happy with that tag.
“It’s a local derby and it has all the ingredients of an upset and I think it should be a tight game.”
Luffman said OPMs would be looking to get promoted at some point.
He said: “We’ll also be looking at someone from Western Counties West and seeing what we have to aim for.
“With Neil Thomson coaching Ivybridge, they will try to play attractive rugby, just like us, so it should be a good game.”
Ivybridge head of rugby Paul Setter said he was hoping to take advantage of being able to give some of his players some game-time.
One of Ivybridge’s strengths this season has been their greater depth of squad. However, that means not everyone can get a game with the first team on a Saturday.
Setter said: “We’ve got a few players going away for Christmas and I’ll be looking to bring a few of the boys in.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a nice little run in the Devon Cup.”