Sharks de­feat Bulls to win Cham­pi­ons’ Cup

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN High School’s last S1/2 Bulls and Sharks game of the sea­son took place last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. With the games tied at two wins and two draws, this was the de­cid­ing match for both teams.

The Bulls kicked the game off and in­stantly the Sharks gained ter­ri­tory due to missed tack­les. The Bulls were wel­com­ing the pres­sure and not adding any­one to the rucks. This didn’t pay off for the Bulls as Sharks out­side centre Sam Coates burst through an open gap and ran through for the first score of the day. El­lis Hunter con­verted lead­ing to a 7- 0 start.

Af­ter this the in­ten­sity grew and more mis­takes were caused by both teams in at­tack and de­fence.

It was a mid­dle of the park game un­til Sharks cap­tain, Ben Find­lay made a break through the centre of the Bulls’ de­fence be­fore pass­ing to try scorer Coates. He played it out to his winger who was clean through but fum­bled it, giv­ing the Bulls a chance to clear their lines.

Sharks kicked off the sec­ond half but Bulls didn’t start the same as Sharks and were forc­ing the mis­takes. How­ever, a penalty for a high tackle was given and quick think­ing from Bulls cap­tain Blair MacFar­lane saw him and his team gain around 20 me­tres.

An at­tempted in­ter­cep­tion pass gave Bulls full­back Jordan Nor­man a mas­sive gap to run into and, with a good step, he was un­der the posts. The con­ver­sion was made by fly-half Blair MacFar­lane.

Draw­ing 7-7, and with full time ap­proach­ing, the players tired un­der the hot sun and were mak­ing mis­takes but, af­ter good hands from the Sharks, they fin­ished a well-worked try out wide. The con­ver­sion was well kicked again by El­lis Hunter.

At full time the Sharks had won a hard-fought game hand­ing them the S1/2 Cham­pi­ons’ Cup.

All the boys in­volved are part of Oban High School’s School of Rugby Pro­gramme, the series pro­vides game time for the boys es­pe­cially over the win­ter months. The Bulls and Sharks have seen a steady in­crease in train­ing num­bers over the year.

This year’s Bulls and Sharks series has been man­aged by Oban High School and Oban Lorne RFC mod­ern ap­pren­tice Lewis MacFar­lane.

Oban High School S1/2 teams Sharks and Bulls pic­tured be­fore last week’s game at Glen­cruit­ten.

Sharks cap­tain Ben Fin­lay with the Cham­pi­ons’ Cup.

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