Green Ma­chine pipped at the post

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

Late rally

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

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