Good win for Oban Lorne young­sters

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

OBAN Lorne U16s con­tin­ued their win­ning ways with a fan­tas­tic team ef­fort by the young Green Ma­chine to over­come the much fan­cied Strathaven U16s away.

Oban started well with the wind and rain be­hind them with two tries by cap­tain Tommy McQuade in the first 10 min­utes, both mirac­u­lously con­verted from out wide by stand-off An­gus Neil given the pre­vail­ing gale.

Half-backs Ben Find­lay and An­gus Neil let loose through the cen­tres, with Con­ner Taylor and Blair MacFar­lane slic­ing through the Strathaven mid­field to re­lease the back three of El­lis Hunter, Kyle Clark and Char­lie Camp­bell-Roberts, who all made good ground on the wide out­side again de­spite the con­di­tions.

Great back­ing up from wing for­wards Con­ner Dot and Kenny Gray saw Dot crash over for an­other con­verted try after great work in the loose by Jen­son Bin­nie, John Ma­cLeod and Harry John­ston.

From the re­sul­tant restart the ball was driven for­ward by Gray for Neil to drill a wind-as­sisted di­ag­o­nal ball to the Strathaven cor­ner flag which was well won by El­lis Hunter.

He popped the ball to Char­lie Camp­bell-Roberts who passed to Con­ner Taylor to run in un­op­posed un­der the posts. A great team try.

In the sec­ond half, with the wind be­hind them, Strathaven ral­lied and pressed the Oban line for the next 10 min­utes but great work from the tight five of Tommy Mac­quade, John Ma­cleod, Ross McCaskill, Jen­son Bin­nie and Harry John­ston in scrum, li­ne­out and loose saw an ex­cel­lent se­ries of turnovers which al­lowed Blair Macfar­lane to drill the ball into the Stath­haven half against the wind.

From the re­sul­tant li­ne­out, Ross McCaskill stole the ball against the throw and with a pow­er­ful maul led by Ma­cleod, Bin­nie and John­stone, the Oban pack drove for­ward for McQuade to score in the cor­ner from five me­tres.

Again Strathaven ral­lied with some rak­ing wind-as­sisted kick­ing de­signed to turn the Oban de­fence, which in­stead was well fielded by the back three of Hunter, Clark and Camp­bell-Roberts, al­low­ing pow­er­ful tight­head Ross McCaskill to pro­duce a storm­ing run from 40 me­tres be­fore touch­ing down.

From a scrum deep in the Oban half, cen­tre Taylor made good yards as­sisted by the ever present Gray and Dot to set up a ruck on the Strath­haven 15-me­tre line which was swiftly moved by Fin­lay to Ma­cLeod and Bin­nie close in for McQuade to drive over for Oban’s sev­enth try.

Chip­ping

The win was rounded off by a great in­di­vid­ual try by cap­tain Tommy McQuade, who turned the ball over on the Strathaven 10-me­tre line, break­ing tack­les to make good ground down the left wing be­fore chip­ping the ball over the Strathaven winger’s head, gath­er­ing the for­tu­itous bounce and scor­ing in the cor­ner.

A fan­tas­tic win from the young Green Ma­chine.

How­ever, more im­por­tant than the score­line was the per­for­mance which saw great team­work, dis­ci­pline, fit­ness, tack­ling and re­lent­less pres­sure on the op­po­si­tion giv­ing great en­cour­age­ment for the tough chal­lenges ahead.

Eight tries, four con­ver­sions, great hands in a howl­ing gale, and a great team win.

Oban Lorne Un­der 16s.

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