Loch Lomond U16 team travelled to Oban for their first fixture of the season in the SRUWestT4 Under 16 League.
In a picturesque setting, with the airport and sea right next to the park, the pitch was exposed to all the elements, with howling winds and torrential rain making rugby tough, especially in the second half.
The boys played into the wind in the first half, with Oban kicking off. Straight from the kick-off Lomond caught but were turned over, an early indication of the physical battle ahead.
With a smart inside ball Oban scored a try in the corner and the conversion was successful.
Due to the conditions and rustiness, both sides made numerous knock-ons, resulting in many scrums for the big forward packs.
Lomond kept pushing with good hands from Mahoney and Stewart and some big carries from MacBean, McDonald andTibbs as well as good tackling from centres Munn andTripney.
Oban held out and cleared their lines before scoring a quick, well worked try to make things 14-0. Lomond kept their heads up but found 19-0 down at the break due to a lapse in concentration allowing Oban to break through.
In the second half Lomond gave a spirited performance but could not break through Oban’s physical defence.
A couple of bad bounces and worsening conditions meant Lomond’s set piece had to be strong.The forwards put in a good shift.
After a prolonged spell on Oban’s line,Tibbs crashed over for Lomond’s first try of the season but it was 19-7, with the conversion successful, and they still had a job to do.
Lomond went close numerous times before Munn dived over at the post, with his conversion also again successful.
Time was up, with the players ruing what might have been but knowing they had played a good, respectful game.
Lomond will welcome Kilmarnock to the Dillichip on Sunday for their first home fixture of the season. Kick-off is 2pm.
Team: Stewart, Proctor, Tripney, Munn, Ferrier, Mahoney, Ayton,Tibbs, McDonald, Caldwell, Brown, Stanley, Drake, Glancy, MacBean, Kinniburgh, Kelly.