Big win for U16s at oban
of bad decisions and a forward pass brought play to a halt. From this scrum the forwards pushed Oban back and allowed Archie to pass along the line to Pacey Ho who cut inside and scored near the posts.
As the game was approaching half time, Oban were well in the game and very close to the Stewartry line but some fervent aggressive tackling and holding up prevented Oban from scoring. As the Oban attack broke down the ball broke free and from their own line a kick and chase by Fraser Forsyth allowed him to glide over the ground almost the full length of the pitch to score under the posts.
A couple of changes were made at half time with Finn Baillie on for Andrew Bowden and Luke Thomson on for Pacey Ho. At the start of the second half Oban were on the offensive with some picking and driving around the scrum, however, the Stewartry defence were up for the challenge and repelled them each time.
After Oban spilled the ball, a clearance kick made it into the Oban half and after a great chase the ball was picked up by Fraser Forsyth and passed along the line to Lochy Spence who scored in the corner.
At this stage the Oban boys seemed to be wearying a little and the Stewartry was running good lines at them and making ground rapidly.
One of these moves allowed Fraser Forsyth to run near the corner where he popped the ball to Archie who scored in the corner.
After the restart, Oban tried to make some ground but faced some quality tackling and rucking. This allowed Archie to seize a turnover ball and he passed it along the line for Fraser Gibson to score near the posts.
Murray Connor replaced David Martin, Rory Sinclair replaced Glen and Alexander McCormick replaced Aaron Murray who came off with a strained ankle.
The game was approaching the final quarter when Peter Young got the ball going forward from a great scrummage and spotted the Oban players drifting, darted through the Oban defence and then side stepped the fullback to score a fabulous try under then posts.
As the match was nearing the end, Oban were making a very concerted effort to score but met with some fantastic backs to the wall defending, tackling and rucking. Finn Telfer kicked the ball free and chased to the half way line where he hacked it on. Chased by most of the Oban team, he won the race to touch it down for the final try.
The Oban team never stopped trying and were very worthy opponents. The attitude, inspiration, effort and skill the whole 21 Stewartry boys against good opposition was pleasing for the coaching staff.
The strong scrummaging and rucking work of the front five forwards made it easy for the talented backs and flankers to create space and run lines which allowed the ball to go wide and nine tries to be scored.
With seven different try scorers, it shows the team are using all parts of the pitch to play open, attractive rugby.
Thanks to Oban for prioritising this game for pitch space as they were aware of the distance the boys were travelling.
The final game in the league is in two weeks’ time and a similar performance will be hoped for by all.