Chal­lenge match Rugby

The Oban Times - - Sport -

AR­GYLL and Bute RFC made the trip to Perthshire on Satur­day to take on Aber­feldy in their first ever home game. This was the sec­ond meet­ing be­tween the sides in the past few weeks with Aber­feldy vis­it­ing Glen­cruit­ten in early Au­gust.

A big home crowd wel­comed the two sides to an im­pres­sive new pitch and club fa­cil­i­ties in the vil­lage of Ken­more.

Ar­gyll fielded an ex­per­i­men­tal team with a good blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence.

A Craig Wright penalty gave Ar­gyll a 3- 0 lead af­ter a scrappy start by both teams. Aber­feldy hit back 10 min­utes in with their first ever home try to lead 7-3. Ar­gyll re­took the lead shortly af­ter with a try, out wide from Niall MacFar­lane to lead 10-7.

Ar­gyll were slowly grow­ing into the game af­ter a rusty start. Scrum half Allan Wright and Stand Off Dom Ma, were link­ing up well to pro­vide the back­line some good at­tack­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Fur­ther tries from Steven Parr and Craig Wright ex­tended the score­line for Ar­gyll be­fore half­time with the hosts re­ply­ing with a try of their own.

Ar­gyll and Bute made a strong start to the sec­ond half. An im­pres­sive rolling maul, set-up in the 22 re­sulted in a de­but try for flanker, Vlad Mi­hov, to put the game be­yond the home side.

Both sides played out an en­ter­tain­ing last half an hour with some great at­tack­ing rugby on show. Ar­gyll fin­ished off the day with tries from Dom Ma and a sec­ond from Craig Wright, while Aber­feldy scored a late con­so­la­tion. Ar­gyll also went close with chances from Craig Wright and Prop Tommy Suther­land.

In the end it was an im­pres­sive vic­tory against a de­ter­mined and well or­gan­ised home side who should be very proud of their ef­forts af­ter only eight months in ex­is­tence.

Ar­gyll and Bute con­tinue their pre-sea­son ef­forts away to Kin­tyre in Camp­bel­town this Satur­day.

Mini rugby

Oban Lorne’s Mini Rugby sec­tion will start train­ing for the 2015/16 on Wed­nes­day 2nd of Septem­ber from 6-7pm at Glen­cruit­ten.

All new play­ers are more than welcome to join the club. Train­ing is open for all play­ers from Pri­mary 4-7. Ses­sions are led by club coaches and SRU mod­ern ap­pren­tice, Lewis MacFar­lane. The club are keen to at­tract new play­ers to boost play­ing num­bers ahead of Ar­gyll & Bute Dal­ri­ada Fes­ti­vals be­gin­ning next month.

Youth rugby Oban’s Youth Rugby teams will be tak­ing part in Scot­tish Rugby’s new ‘Schools & Youth’ Struc­ture for the 2015/16 sea­son.

Oban High School’s S1, S2, and S3 teams will take part in the Tier 4 West con­fer­ence that will pro­vide eight games from Septem­ber to Novem­ber against other West Re­gional Schools.

In ad­di­tion to the S1, S2 & S3 teams, Oban’s U16 & U18 sides will take part in Club Re­gional con­fer­ences that will kick off late Septem­ber and will be com­pleted prior to the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

It is hoped that the new struc- tures will pro­vide an in­crease in fix­tures for young play­ers across the coun­try.

Photo: Ken­more Pho­tog­ra­phy

TACKLE: Cor­rie Louw gets a tackle in dur­ing the game

against Aber­feldy

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