Youth rugby

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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.

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