Lorne lose out in Dundee

The Oban Times - - Sport -

Har­ris Academy 17 Oban Lorne 7 Pre- sea­son fix­ture

OBAN Lorne made the long trip to Dundee on Satur­day to take on Cale­do­nia Di­vi­sion 1 side Har­ris Academy RFC.

The Green Ma­chine were joined on the jour­ney by 2xv play­ers from Ar­gyll and Bute RFC who were tak­ing on another Dundee side, Pan­mure RFC, with that game also be­ing held at Har­ris Academy’s El­liot Road ground.

An im­pres­sive squad of 34 play­ers trav­elled on the day de­spite sev­eral key play­ers missing due to in­jury and work com­mit­ments.

Un­for­tu­nately Oban Lorne failed to build on the pre­vi­ous week­ends home win against Gar­i­och RFC as they went down 17-7 against a well or­gan­ised and for­wards dom­i­nated home team.

Oban were left frus­trated they could not make the game more of a con­test as they squan­dered sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to score while pres­suris­ing the home try­line. On six oc­ca­sions the men in Green failed to score from a five me­tre li­ne­out against a stub­born de­fence. Coach Cor­rie Louw will be look­ing to sharpen up his teams at­tack­ing op­tions ahead of the start of the team’s West Di­vi­sion 1 opener in two weeks time.

Tommy Suther­land scored Oban’s only try of the day from close range, with the con­ver­sion com­ing from Scrum Half Fin­lay Carmichael.

De­spite the loss Oban are in a con­fi­dent mood look­ing ahead to the new sea­son. With key play­ers such as Craig Wright, Cor­rie Louw, Lorne MacLach­lan, Struan Smith, Cammy Smith, Dave McCabe and Dom Ma all missing in the week­end’s loss th­ese play­ers will be a wel­come ad­di­tion back to the squad over the com­ing weeks.

The Oban side are back in pre-sea­son ac­tion this Satur­day when they make another long jour­ney to take on North Ber­wick RFC. North Ber­wick fin­ished sec­ond in East Di­vi­sion 1 last sea­son and will be look­ing for another strong cam­paign un­der the com­mand of head coach and for­mer Scot­land cap­tain Ja­son White. White is as­sisted in his role at the club by fel­low for­mer Scot­land In­ter­na­tional Nathan Hines who is also part of Scot­tish Rugby’s Na­tional team coach­ing staff.

The first league fix­ture for Oban Lorne will be on Satur­day Au­gust 27 at home to East Kil­bride, KO 3pm at Glen­cruit­ten.

Oban Lorne’s new web­site will be launch­ing soon – www. oban­lorne.co.uk

Pan­mure 45 Ar­gyll and Bute 7

Ar­gyll and Bute RFC joined Oban Lorne in their trip to Dundee on Satur­day to take on Cale­do­nia Di­vi­sion 2 side Pan­mure RFC, who are based in Broughty Ferry.

De­spite a good first half show­ing Ar­gyll even­tu­ally went down 45-7 in what was a valu­able 80 min­utes for the play­ers in­volved.

Ar­gyll and Bute kick off the 2016/17 sea­son away to Glas­gow East RFC on Satur­day 27thof Au­gust.

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