Youth rugby round-up

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Cum­ber­nauld U18 5-17 Oban U18

OBAN Lorne U18 team trav­elled to Cum­ber­nauld on Satur­day to play their first fix­ture of the sea­son. The team num­bers were boosted with three play­ers from Camp­bel­town who made the long jour­ney to Cum­ber­nauld.

With a bare 15 play­ers, the game started with un­con­tested scrums but this did not pre­vent an en­ter­tain­ing game of rugby. Oban started strong and were quick to re­turn the kick off into Cum­ber­nauld ter­ri­tory.

Strong run­ning from Daniel Speirs and Steven Povey set up good rucks for Xvava Rush to crash over for the first try.

Oban con­tin­ued to play quick rugby de­spite some thun­der­ing tack­les from the Cum­ber­nauld play­ers. Xvava Rush was once again re­spon­si­ble for break­ing the gain line and caus­ing prob­lems for Cum­ber­nauld.

Ruairidh Lis­ter- Camp­bell and Steven Povey worked hard at the break­down to se­cure pos­ses­sion and a suc­ces­sion of pick and go re­sulted in Rush tak­ing an­other short ball at pace, and prov­ing to strong to stop. Oban led 10- 0 af­ter two un­suc­cess­ful con­ver­sions.

Cum­ber­nauld started to come back into the game to­wards the end of the half and strong de­fence from the Oban wingers held them out. Even­tu­ally the cracks ap­peared in a tired Oban de­fence and al­lowed Cum­ber­nauld to crash over the line af­ter a suc­cess­ful se­ries of rucks.

Owen Pick­er­ing started to spread the ball wide for Oban and giv­ing the backs some space to run re­sulted in Daniel Speirs mak­ing the break and fin­ish­ing the half with a try and suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion.

The sec­ond half had no scores but both teams played ex­cit­ing rugby and credit is due to those play­ers who were com­pet­ing in their first game: Nat Pe­tre and Phillip Sch­molzer

The next game for the U18s is on Novem­ber 21 away to Cartha Queens Park. Train­ing is on a Thurs­day af­ter school on the 3g pitch.

Un­der 16s

OBAN U16s had no league game on Sun­day due to New­ton Stew­art strug­gling to field a team. The U16s are away to Kil­marnock RFC this Sun­day in their next league game.

T4 Schools Con­fer­ence

OBAN High School will be tak­ing part in their lat­est T4 Schools Fix­ture on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 11, away to Hyn­d­land Academy in Glas­gow. Games will be played at S1 and S2/3. Oban high has one re­main­ing fix­ture meet­ing left away to Shaw­lands Academy be­fore tak­ing part in the play offs.

Girls’ rugby

OBAN’S rugby girls at U15 and U18 will be tak­ing part in a Scot­tish Cup Qual­i­fier Fes­ti­val in Glas­gow this Wed­nes­day. The fes­ti­val, held for all teams in the West Re­gion, will de­ter­mine which teams will progress to the 2015/16 Scot­tish Cup. Oban will be helped out with play­ers from Camp­bel­town and Tober­mory.

Mini rugby

SUN­DAYS Dal­ri­ada Fes­ti­val, hosted by Mid Ar­gyll RFC in Lochgilp­head, was can­celled due to the week­end’s weather con­di­tions. The fes­ti­val will be re­ar­ranged for a later date.

Oban Lorne Mi­nis will con­tinue to train over the win­ter ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening in At­lantis Leisure from 6-7pm. Ses­sions are open for all P4-7 pupils.

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