Heavy defeat for Green Machine in Maybole
Carrick 51 Oban Lorne 5
BT West Division 1
OBAN Lorne travelled to Maybole in Ayrshire on Saturday to take on second placed Carrick RFC. The Green Machine have never lost to Carrick and have had some fantastic games with the Ayrshire men over the last few years with Carrick failing to score a try against Oban in the last three meetings.
A threadbare Oban squad of 17 players travelled for the match with the squad missing some key players due to work commitments and injury. Finlay Carmichael returned at stand off while Vasil Borisov made his first start on the wing.
Carrick went ahead early on scoring from a catch and drive at the lineout to lead 7- 0 in some very poor weather conditions.
Oban were struggling to cope with the quick game plan from the hosts and found themselves 12- 0 down conceding another try. Carrick extended their lead with two penalties before scoring their third try of the day shortly before halftime for a 23- 0 lead.
Carrick secured the bonus point shortly after halftime to lead convincingly 30- 0.
Oban improved into the latter stages of the game but conceded three further tries, the result of some poor individual errors . The Green Machine did hit back with a consolation try from Robin MacQueen late on but fell to a very disappointing 51-5 defeat. This is Oban Lorne’s heaviest defeat in over four years of league rugby. The result means they sit in fifth place in the table with three wins out of five matches.
The team will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday with the visit of Garnock RFC to Glencruitten. Garnock sit seventh in the table and will provide a tough test for the home side. Kick off is 2pm.
Cowal 33 Argyll and Bute 16
BT West Division 4
ARGYLL and Bute RFC put in a spirited display against Argyll rivals Cowal RFC in Dunoon last Saturday despite a 33-16 loss.
Argyll managed to field an 18-man squad despite missing almost all of last week’s backline that played against Police Scotland.
Niall MacFarlane played his first game at stand off while several other players were forced to play out of position.
Cowal made a good start to the game and went 7- 0 with an early try. Argyll hit back with two Niall MacFarlane penalties to narrow the gap to 7- 6.
Argyll were dealt a blow after 20 minutes when a Cowal prop left the field with a ‘mystery’ injury. With the hosts having no available front row replacements, the teams were forced to play uncontested scrums for the remainder of the game, much to the frustration of the Argyll pack.
The hosts extended their lead before halftime with a penalty kick and a second try from some poor Argyll tackling. Second row Ross Anderson was sinbinned shortly before halftime for a late tackle.
Just as the game was looking to go out of Argyll’s sight, the team hit back with a fantastic try scored in the corner by Mid Argyll’s Mark Charlton. Cowal led 15-11 at halftime.
Argyll were happy with their first half display despite letting the hosts in for two soft tries.
The confidence in the Argyll team was short-lived as Cowal scored straight into the second half, again due to some poor tackling, to lead 22-11.
Argyll managed to get themselves back into the game with a fantastic score from a driving maul by Vladi Mihov, 22-16.
The Argyll team were now looking the stronger side but were undone with some poor discipline throughout the rest of the second half. First when Argyll were looking likely to score another try, back row Rory Tait was carded for stamping on a Cowal player in the rolling maul.
Several penalties conceded at the breakdown from Argyll resulted in the hosts dominating the remaider of the game by scoring another try and two further penalties. Argyll’s try scorer Vladi Mihov was the third player to be sinbinned late on due to a high tackle.
Despite an improved performance, Argyll eventually went down 33-16.
Next week Argyll and Bute host Shawlands RFC at Glencruitten. Kick off 2pm.
Lorne Ladies 0 Stewartry 57
BT National League Div 1
AFTER a lot of rain and a few venue changes, Oban Lorne Ladies took on Stewartry at home with a squad of 14 players – one more than the travelling team! Player matching ensued and the game kicked off at 13 apiece.
Sitting third in the table, one place below the Green Army, Stewartry have had mixed form this season and are 5-5 to Oban’s 8-2 record.
The first score of the game came in eight minutes. The Stewartry number nine, with a steady boot, converted the try making the score 0-7.
Oban kicked off again and put immediate pressure on the away team keeping them in their own half. Some excellent tackles from the Oban centres resulted in a knock- on and Oban scrum. Stewartry were then penalised for wheeling the scrum and Oban made best use of the penalty with a crash ball to Alana MacKenzie who made good gains towards the Stewartry 22.
Yet another exchange of knockons resulted in five more scrums and another Stewartry attack put Oban under pressure with the ball grounded under the posts for the second Stewartry try which was again converted (0-14 at 22 minutes).
Another good phase by Oban saw great tackles and hand offs. Audrey Barr gathered the ball and off loaded to Laura MacCormack who then made a driving run in to the Stewartry half.
Knock- ons were definitely the theme of the game with many more scrums in to the second half. This was the case for both teams, with Stewartry capitalising right on half time to make the score 0-19 after they missed the conversion.
The Oban Ladies were solid in the line out and Veronica Speirs collected the ball no problem and a good series of passes saw the ball to Kerry Colthart, who kicked to relive pressure on the defence.
Stewartry pressed on the wing as a result and a great tackle from Audrey Barr halted play for a line out. After a good phase of play and an away team offside, the Oban penalty didn’t quite find touch and a Stewartry breakaway resulted in another try two minutes into the second half which was again converted by their (0-26).
Stewarty backed up their score on four minutes with another good run from their forwards and a few missed tackles from the Oban Ladies (0-33).
More handling errors followed from the Oban Ladies resulting in a further try eight minutes in to the second half. A good effort again from the Stewartry number nine saw the ball just wide for the conversion to make the score 0-38. Again Stewartry had a quick answer to their last score and put another one straight under the posts just two minutes later with a converted try to make it 0- 45.
The Stewartry ladies were on a roll and fired over another score two minutes later with a conversion to make the score 0-52.
The wet conditions were taking their toll on the Oban Ladies who lacked their usual spark. With just 15 minutes played in the second half, Stewartry had scored again for a 0-57 lead.
Oban rallied and enjoyed a great phase of play after some ping pong rugby, spearheaded by a driving run from Camilla Leslie.
A good run from Kirsty Smith made space to re-set with the ball moved out wide to Colthart.
Unfortunately, simultaneous injuries in the Oban team saw the game called early, with a final score of 0-57 with Stewartry on top. Overall a valiant effort from all of the Oban Ladies in terrible conditions up against a fit Stewartry side. The Green Army will now re-group for their match next Sunday (November 15) away to Ayr.
The ladies train every Wednesday at 6pm at Oban Rugby Club, with no previous experience necessary and beginners extremely welcome.