Scrappy win for Green Ma­chine

The Oban Times - - Sport -

Oban Lorne 21 Gar­i­och 7

OBAN Lorne played their first pre-sea­son fix­ture last Satur­day tak­ing part in a scrappy win over Cale­do­nia Di­vi­sion 2 side Gar­i­och RFC.

The Green Ma­chine fielded some new faces in the start­ing lineup, in­clud­ing French­man Ru­dolphe Bertrand at stand off and Ital­ian Alessan­dro Franzo at in­side cen­tre.

Oban were miss­ing some key play­ers for the match, with Coach Cor­rie Louw and sec­ond row Lorne MacLach­lan out due to in­jury, while Dave McCabe, Jack Bax­ter, Cameron Smith and Struan Smith missed out due to work com­mit­ments.

Gar­i­och were to pro­vide a tough test for Oban Lorne as the visi­tors were coached by former Glas­gow War­rior pro­fes­sional player Stu­art Cor­sar. The Cale­do­nia Di­vi­sion 2 side are look­ing for a pro­mo­tion chas­ing sea­son in their league this sea­son.

Ref­eree Wil­lie Malone sig­nalled the start of the first of four 20-minute pe­ri­ods of play that would give the op­pos­ing coaches more of a chance to re­flect and make changes on the match as it pro­gressed.

Gar­i­och made a strong start to the match and found them­selves camped in the Oban 22 for the first 10 min­utes of the game. Oban were with­out use of their usual dom­i­nant scrum, with the scrum­mages be­ing un­con­tested due to the visi­tors not hav­ing suf­fi­cient front row num­bers.

Oban even­tu­ally cleared and gained some promis­ing pos­ses­sion near the try­line. A se­ries of short plays around the base of the ruck re­sulted in no 8 Daniel Brod­er­ick go­ing over from close range for the first try of the af­ter­noon. This was con­verted by scrum half Fin­lay Carmichael for a 7- 0 Oban lead.

The home side took con­fi­dence from this and again gained some good field po­si­tion with a clever kick from Stand Off Bertrand. Oban stole the ball at the re­sult­ing li­ne­out and scored the sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon. A sec­ond Carmichael con­ver­sion ex­tended the score to 14- 0 be­fore the end of the first quar­ter.

Both sides played out an un­event­ful sec­ond 20 min­utes to the game with each team fail­ing to cre­ate any no­table at­tack­ing phases of play.

Gar­i­och hit back into the sec­ond half with their only try of the game. Oban re­gained a 14 point lead in the last 10 min­utes thanks to prop Tommy Suther­land scor­ing a trade­mark try from two me­tres out to make the fnal score 21-7

This Satur­day both Oban Lorne and Ar­gyll and Bute travel to Dundee to take on Har­ris Academy and Panmure.

Oban Lorne open their league cam­paign on Satur­day Au­gust 27 at home to East Kil­bride.

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