Oban Lorne get sea­son off to a good start

The Oban Times - - Sport 27 -

Oban Lorne Isle of Ar­ran BT West Re­gional Shield OBAN Lorne played their first com­pet­i­tive game of the 2015/16 sea­son on a beau­ti­ful sunny day at Glen­cruit­ten.

Isle of Ar­ran RFC were the visi­tors for the West Re­gional Shield round one match.

Af­ter an er­ratic open­ing Oban sus­tained some early pres­sure lead­ing to good field po­si­tion and won a penalty for Ar­ran not rolling away on the floor. Craig Wright slot­ted the kick over for a 3- 0 lead.

A rusty pas­sage of play fol­lowed from the men in green mean­ing the link be­tween for­wards and backs be­ing quite frac­tured, frus­trat­ing the home side’s progress.

Oban were guilty of try­ing to play too much rugby from their own half. This changed on 24 mins with a beau­ti­fully weighted kick down field by Fin­lay Carmichael al­low­ing Craig Wright to out­pace the de­fence and score his first try of the day. He then slot­ted the con­ver­sion with ease.

Oban stepped up the tempo of the game for the next 10 min­utes and were re­warded with another ex­cel­lent try by Alex Law­son on 34min. Some fine driv­ing play by the for­wards al­lowed the space for Dave McCabe to send Law­son in at the cor­ner.

Oban seemed to take their foot off the gas as a spec­u­la­tive kick from the Ar­ran fly half in be­hind the home full back caused con­fu­sion and the chasers were on hand to pounce to score Ar­ran’s only try of the game.

This ral­lied the trav­el­ling team and af­ter the break they were pres­suris­ing the Green Ma­chine with re­newed vigour, but the home side man­aged to ab­sorb it and it was they who drew blood next. Craig Wright again had too much pace and was able to get in at the cor­ner.

The sun con­tin­ued to beat down on the play­ers and spec­ta­tors mak­ing the day a spec­ta­cle but it was cer­tainly tak­ing its toll on the teams. Oban con­tin­ued to knock at the door but it wasn’t un­til the fi­nal play of the game that they would add to their tally for the day. David McCabe slipped a pass to Calum Ma­clach­lan who blud­geoned his way over in trade­mark style from 30 me­tres out.

The game was over at a 27-7 vic­tory and Oban Lorne are through to the cup quar­ter fi­nal and will face Pais­ley at home on Satur­day Septem­ber 19.

This Satur­day Oban Lorne travel to take on Cam­bus­lang in their open­ing West Di­vi­sion 1 fix­ture. Kick off is 3pm

Birk­myre Ar­gyll and Bute BT Bowl Ar­gyll and Bute’s first BT Bowl game came to a dis­ap­point­ing end with a heavy de­feat away to West Di­vi­sion 3 side Birk­myre.

From the first set play of the game the visi­tors were on the back foot. Hav­ing some in­flu­en­tial play­ers not avail­able and play­ers in un­fa­mil­iar po­si­tions, Ar­gyll and Bute al­ways knew they had a hard game ahead.

Un­for­tu­nately they came up against a well- or­gan­ised team in Birk­myre. The hosts even­tu­ally ran away with the game 69-3.

Next up for Ar­gyll and Bute is Cowal RFC which will be their team’s first league game of the sea­son and with the new team kit to be un­veiled be­fore the match, hope­fully this will spur the team on to make up for ex­it­ing the BT Bowl at the first at­tempt.

The game will be played at Glen­cruit­ten with kick off at 3pm.

Oban Lorne’s Craig Wright heads for the try line

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