Challenge match Rugby
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.
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.
TACKLE: Corrie Louw gets a tackle in during the game