East Kil­bride edge past league strug­glers Oban

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Oban ..................... 8 East Kil­bride ....... 10

Richard Beaton

East Kil­bride Rugby Club were grate­ful to make the long jour­ney back from Oban with four points in the bag fol­low­ing vic­tory in an en­counter lack­ing in skill if not com­mit­ment.

The large EK trav­el­ling sup­port, most of whom had made a week­end of it, de­served some­thing more in­spir­ing but had to make do with a win to keep them in touch with the lead­ing pack after five rounds.

Oban had en­dured a tor­rid start to the sea­son but were al­most back to full strength for East Kil­bride’s visit and there­fore put up far more of a fight than they had in their pre­ced­ing league en­coun­ters.

In truth though, EK should have won far more com­fort­ably than they did and were guilty of not al­ways play­ing smart.

The Glen­cruiten pitch car­ries a hefty slope and too of­ten EK sought to play ex­pan­sive rugby when they should ei­ther have kept it tight and walked up the hill or booted the leather off the ball.

A short range Ai­dan Stott try was the high­light of the day for the as­sem­bled masses and EK were grate­ful for a missed Oban con­ver­sion to hand them vic­tory. This Satur­day East Kil­bride travel to bot­tom of the ta­ble Irvine.

Mean­while, the re­serves were even shorter of play­ers than the norm and great credit again goes to player/ man­ager Bruce Beg­gans for turn­ing up to face league lead­ers Glas­gow Ac­cies with only 13 bod­ies. Un­sur­pris­ingly, EK were sec­ond best by a long, long way.

Num­bers were also short for some of the Sec­ondary school sides. Al­though the 18’s did start their game it was called early due to a se­ri­ous in­jury to one of the Cum­nock boys.

The Un­der-16’s beat the same op­po­si­tion 17-7 in a tough en­counter. Good work by the pack twice gave scrum-half Rory Black­wood enough of a gap to sneak over for first-half tries, with David McGiven adding a sec­ond after the break be­fore Cum­nock pulled one back.

The con­test at Un­der-13 level was even tighter, EK edg­ing it two tries to one. Cum­nock dom­i­nated the first pe­riod and it was only res­o­lute EK defence, Sam Mun­day and Cal­lum Smith prom­i­nent, that kept the score­board blank after 20 min­utes.

EK re­ally stepped it up in the mid­dle pe­riod though, par­tic­u­larly in the for­wards where sec­ond row pair­ing Lewis Thomp­son and Kyle Hawkins dom­i­nated ex­changes. Mark Neil­son opened the scor­ing fol­low­ing great han­dling by Ri Mur­phy and Car­los Orenos, Cap­tain Dy­lan Gar­diner converting, be­fore Mur­phy grabbed the de­cid­ing score.

The Un­der-15 girls fol­lowed up last week­end’s first ever vic­tory with a comprehensive win at Kil­marnock.

Trav­el­ling with a squad of 16 Ek were too strong for the Ayr­shire side and of­fered a pleas­ing mix of power, pace and team­work.

Han­nah McMa­hon and Cap­tain Kirsty Ritchie both grabbed hat­tricks, while El­lie McKenna, Tay­lor Bell and Mir­ren Mor­ton all scored twice. Scrum-half Paige Muir grabbed one as did Ca­van Ryan, out­stand­ing in only her sec­ond game. Kil­marnock Al­lan Glens Garnock Car­rick EAST KIL­BRIDE An­nan Greenock Wn­drs Cam­bus­lang Ste­warty Oban Lorne He­lens­burgh Irvine P 6 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 6 5 4 5 W 5 5 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 L 1 0 0 1 2 2 3 4 5 4 3 5 D DIF PT 0 18226 0 20925 0 39 23 0 12720 0 6 15 0 -33 11 0 -26 10 0 -62 7 0 -66 6 0 -150 6 0 -80 5 0 -146 1

Hard go­ing Pa­trick Quigg in ac­tion for EK re­serves against Ac­cies

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