Bonus point win for Oban Lorne in Cambuslang
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.