Bonus point win for Oban Lorne in Cam­bus­lang

The Oban Times - - Sport -

Cam­bus­lang Oban Lorne shortly be­fore half-time with sec­ond row Andy MacDougall be­ing given his march­ing or­ders af­ter giv­ing a penalty away close to the line. This was mainly due to the high num­ber of penal­ties con­ceded by the team. The home side left the Oban half by re­duc­ing the score to 17- 6.

The men in green did not let this dampen their con­fi­dence as they hit back with the sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon. Sec­ond row Airi­das Sav­ickas broke free from the de­fence al­most 35 me­tres out and man­aged to surge over the line de­spite the best ef­forts of the home de­fence. Oban led com­fort­ably 22- 6 at half-time.

Cam­bus­lang gained more pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half and were slowly in­creas­ing the pres­sure in at­tack on a com­pla­cent Oban de­fence.

The hosts hit back 10 min­utes into the half with their first try of the af­ter­noon to nar­row the gap to 11 points.

The visi­tors had chances to score with some im­pres­sive breaks from McLaugh­lin on the wing and cen­tre Craig Wright. Un­for­tu­nately, the fi­nal pass not go­ing to hand proved to be Oban’s down­fall as the at­tempts failed.

Cam­bus­lang were fight­ing hard into the last quar­ter of the game and again re­duced the gap with a de­served try to take the score to 22-16 go­ing into the clos­ing stages of the match.

Oban, how­ever, upped the ef­fort lev­els to seal a cru­cial bonus point win. Prop Tommy Suther­land made two im­pres­sive tack­les in a row to win the ball back in mid­field for the Oban backs. A break to­wards the line re­sulted in Oban cap­tain Cammy Smith fin­ish­ing off for the third Oban try of the game.

The Green Ma­chine pressed for the fourth bonus point try in the fi­nals stages and were even­tu­ally re­warded when Dave McCabe burst through the home de­fence with a pow­er­ful run 20 me­tres out to fin­ish the day off in style for Oban Lorne. Fi­nal score Cam­bus­lang 16-34 Oban Lorne.

This win take Oban Lorne to third place with only points dif­fer­ence sep­a­rat­ing them from Car­rick and Glas­gow Aca­dem­i­cals at the top of the league.

Next up for Oban Lorne is a home game in the quar­ter fi­nal of the BT Shield against Pais­ley RFC. The game will take place on Satur­day at Glen­cruit­ten with kick off at 3.30pm due to the Ca­manachd Cup Fi­nal. The next league game for the Green Ma­chine is away to Glas­gow Aca­dem­i­cals on the 26th of Septem­ber. Ar­gyll & Bute Ar­gyll and Bute’s West Di­vi­sion 4 game against Cowal was frus­trat­ingly called off on Satur­day due to the op­po­si­tion be­ing un­able to raise a team and travel for the game.

This was dis­ap­point­ing for the Ar­gyll side with a squad of 25, mainly Oban-based play­ers be­ing avail­able for the match.

De­spite the call off, the team still man­aged to take part in an en­joy­able train­ing ses­sion and a 10-a-side match.

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