Green Machine pipped at the post
OBAN Lorne lost out in their first pre-season game of the season after an impressive late comeback from Murrayfield Wanderers.
The Green Machine were aided in their preparations for the game by former Scotland captain, Jason White, who travelled to Glencruitten to put the team through their paces prior to the game and offer some valuable advice throughout the match.
Debuts were given to Dominykas Ma at scrum half and fellow Lithuanian, Airidas Savickas. Finlay Carmichael who has joined from Isle of Mull RFC started at stand off.
Missing from the squad were captain, Cammy Smith, along with twin brother, Struan, wingers, Calum MacLachlan and Plato Moisiadis, who missed out through injury as well as back row, Andy MacDougall.
The first half hour was played out as a training game between the two sides with referee, Willie Malone, and both sets of coaches working together to set up phases of play for attack and defence. This period of play ended 7-7.
The sides then played out a 60 minute match. Both teams played out a scrappy and unstructured first 30 minutes with no scoring chances of note.
Oban looked fairly rusty in attack and struggled to get out of their own half with some poor decision-making, but managed to hold firm with a strong defence.
The home team came to life at the start of the second half by scoring two well-worked tries from Craig Wright and Robin MacQueen to sail 14- 0 ahead.
With 20 minutes to go, Oban still led 14- 0 and looked on course to record an impressive opening season victory.
These hopes were short-lived however, as Murrayfield Wanderers capitalised on some Oban defensive errors to score three successive tries and race 19-14 in front. Despite a late rally from the local side, the game ended in defeat for Oban Lorne.
Lorne coach, Corrie Louw, was left pleased with his team’s efforts and was impressed with the showing. apart from the last 20 minutes.
Certain areas of play will be worked on this week in training ahead of this Saturday’s games against Highland RFC. Kick off is 2pm at Glencruitten. Argyll and Bute RFC had a round robin tournament against both Aberfeldy and Kintyre, a good opportunity for the players to get some game time with the competitive season edging closer.
The first match was Argyll v Aberfeldy, the visiting side’s first ever game of 15 a side rugby.
Argyll ran out 19-7 winners in a hotly contested match.
The second fixture of the day came against fellow Argyll and Bute side, Kintyre RFC. The Campbeltown players were keen to put in an impressive performance against their local rivals, and managed to do that by going 12- 0 ahead.
A brilliant comeback from 12- 0 down ensured Argyll and Bute won 15-12 in a tight match, with a powerful score from prop, Andrew Johnston, to seal the game.
It was fantastic to see so many players taking part at Glencruitten to show that rugby has a bright future in the area.
ADVICE: Former Scotland rugby captain Jason White was at Glencruitten last Saturday to offer advice
to the team