OPMs rugby club will share training pitch with horses
RUGBY: Players from a city rugby club desperate for a place to train have offered to share with horses.
OPMs' assistant head coach Steve Luffman says an indoor training area for horses would also be ideal for rugby players.
Players from the club have been unable to use their normal training area at Delgany Field because constant bad weather has put it out of bounds.
Luffman reckons being unable to practice tackling has had an effect on the side's Cornwall-Devon League games.
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He said: "We got beaten at Tiverton last week and we just didn't show up.
"We were hitting people all right, but Tiverton were better than us physically.
"I think the lack of tackling practice did hurt us, as there seemed to be an edge missing and Tiverton took full advantage of it.
"It's the first time that's happened this season and the reason has got to be that we need to do some contact work.
"We did get an hour in at a soccer centre, which was good for doing some things, but we need to get a place where we can practice full-contact tackling."
Luffman said: "Delgany Field is out of bounds, which is nobody's fault, because it's rained and hasn't stopped.
"But we're seriously looking at horse-riding centres, as they have facilities, such as the flooring, which would suit us down to the ground.
"Something indoors like that would be really good and something outdoors with lighting would be perfect."
Anyone who can help the OPMs with a training area can contact them on 0798 008 7527.