Game held up for 20 min­utes af­ter se­ri­ous knee in­jury to Ar­gyll and Bute player

The Oban Times - - Sport -

AR­GYLL and Bute RFC played their sec­ond league game of the sea­son on Satur­day away to West Divi­sion 4 lead­ers Po­lice Scot­land RFC.

Ar­gyll boasted a squad of 21 play­ers in­clud­ing mostly Oban Lorne sec­ond XV play­ers, four play­ers from Mid Ar­gyll and a player from Kin­tyre.

The hosts made a good start to the game on the ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face at Lochinch Park and found them­selves 14- 0 up early on with some very poor defence from a young Ar­gyll team.

Ar­gyll did not let this knock their con­fi­dence as they hit back with a try of their own. Alex Law­son’s in­side ball found scrum half Al­lan Wright who broke free from the 22 to score be­neath the posts. Niall Mac­Far­lane’s con­ver­sions nar­rowed the score to 14-7.

With Ar­gyll start­ing to come into the game the hosts were look­ing ner­vous in pos­ses­sion and were start­ing to make some un­forced er­rors. Just as it looked like Ar­gyll would be in for an­other try the team were dealt a huge blow when Cen­tre Colin MacKen­zie was taken down in­jured af­ter a good break down the left touch­line. Due to the se­ri­ous­ness of MacKen­zie’s knee in­jury, play was stopped for 20 min­utes for the emer­gency ser­vices to ar­rive. Ar­gyll and Bute RFC wish Colin well in his re­cov­ery from knee surgery that took place over the week­end.

James Beck­ett of Mid Ar­gyll re­placed the in­jured player at Out­side Cen­tre. Ar­gyll strug­gled to get out of their own half for the rest of the half and were un­done with a poor li­ne­out and a frus­trat­ing amount of penal­ties given away.

Ar­gyll did well to de­fend in their own 22 for over 15 min­utes be­fore Po­lice Scot­land man­aged to score their third try of the day on half­time. Score 19-7.

Ar­gyll were happy with their ef­forts at half time de­spite los­ing and were hop­ing to score first into the sec­ond half to nar­row the game.

Ar­gyll’s hopes were short-lived as the hosts ran in for an early sec­ond half try to put the game be­yond doubt. As Ar­gyll tired the hosts ran in three fur­ther tries to give a score of 45-7.

Ar­gyll and Bute did have the best of the last 10 min­utes and went close to scor­ing through re­place­ment Rory Tait and Num­ber 8 Neil Rim­mer.

Aside from los­ing the game Ar­gyll were happy with the over­all per­for­mance against a side who have scored at least 50 points in each game this sea­son.

Ar­gyll and Bute are away to Cowal RFC this week­end in an Ar­gyll derby. Kick off is 2pm in Dunoon.

Ar­gyll Team: D. Brod­er­ick, D. Miller, C. Fer­ris, K. Gra­ham, M. Charl­ton, V. Mi­hov, C. McGuire, N. Rim­mer, A. Wright, A. Law­son, R. Mor­ri­son, D. McLaugh­lin, C. MacKken­zie, C. Smith, N. Mac­Far­lane.

H. Dun­can, R. Tait, J. Beck­ett, S. Lyth, K. Martin

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