De­pleted Mull squad per­forms well

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

A RUN of se­ri­ous in­juries had left the Mull squad short of play­ers for their away game to Cly­des­dale RFC.

With only seven play­ers trav­el­ling down the road, an ap­peal was made to the wider Mull di­as­pora.

Five an­swered the call so, along with stand-in coach David Down­ham, a Mull team of 13 took the field at the Alexan­der Hamil­ton memo­rial park.

Cly­des­dale kicked off and, al­though the sun was shin­ing, the bit­ing Ayr­shire wind re­minded the play­ers it was Novem­ber.

Al­most im­me­di­ately Mull scored a try, but it was dis­al­lowed by ref­eree Dun­can McCabe. This was one of four tries he would strike off for the Muileachs.

Mull con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the start and quickly found them­selves up 0-17.

Two sim­i­lar tries from Tony Haun­schmidt, tak­ing the ball off the ruck and con­duct­ing his trade­mark charge through the op­po­si­tion, set Mull for the game.

Mull kicker Sean Black con­verted both in the windy con­di­tions and a penalty im­me­di­ately af­ter to add an­other three points. This strong start was a wel­come change as re­cent games had seen the boys in black and white strug­gling to find their feet in the first 10 to 15 min­utes.

A wel­come re­turn from An­gus Cowe saw him re­warded with a try.

Af­ter Cly­des­dale fum­bled a kick, Stu­art Crich­ton won the ball and a quick pass led to the try.

The home side be­gan to hit back and, using their greater num­bers, man­aged to score. Cap­tain Craig O’Don­nell led from the front, how­ever, and replied with an­other try for the is­landers to make the score 5-27.

The pack had been per­form­ing well in the first half and would con­tinue through­out the game against a much heav­ier and more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­si­tion.

The sec­ond row saw the re­turn of Oban’s Kyle Kennedy, help­ing the ef­forts in the scrums.

The start of the sec­ond half saw Cly­des­dale start to take ad­van­tage of their ex­tra two men and it was a try for both teams pretty early on – Tony Haun­schmidt com­plet­ing his hat-trick.

Sean Black then com­pleted a great solo run to score be­tween the posts and duly con­verted to make it 5-34 at half time.

It was then Kil­choan’s Ross Rankin’s turn to get on the score sheet, with a pick and go off a ruck.

Once again, the num­bers started to tell as Cly­des­dale got an­other two tries and the score was now 17- 48.

Mull held the pres­sure and Haun­schmidt man­aged his fourth of the day with a set move off a li­ne­out and a pass from Black, lead­ing to a 50-me­tre sprint to score.

Two un­con­verted tries from Cly­des­dale fol­lowed shortly af­ter mak­ing the score 27-55.

Mull could have added to their tally with the last move of the game as Stu­art Crich­ton knocked the ball on, frus­trat­ingly inches from the try line.

The re­sult topped off a great week­end for Mull rugby as both the mini-rugby and un­der-14 teams were in ac­tion at Glen­cruit­ten.

Sor­ley MacLaugh­lin and Murdo MacLen­nan were also drafted in to help Oban un­der-18s in their jour­ney to New­ton Stu­art.

Murdo has just re­ceived his Ar­gyll and Bute coach­ing award. The 16-year- old has al­ready been coach­ing for five years.

Mak­ing his de­but as coach at the week­end, David Down­ham said: ‘The ef­fort put in by the 13 play­ers was sim­ply un­be­liev­able. It was an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the spirit that epit­o­mises Mull rugby.’

Birth­day boy Fin­lay Ma­claren, who plays in the sec­ond row, added: ‘It was great to get an­other win un­der the belt as a re­sult of the huge ef­fort of the 13 men on the field. It wasn’t pretty at times but it’s an­other five points on the league to­tal and lifts us to sec­ond place.’

Mull’s next fix­ture is away to La­nark in the BT West Re­gional Bowl on Satur­day Novem­ber 19.

Mull en­joyed vic­tory away to Cly­des­dale at the week­end de­spite only field­ing 13 play­ers.

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