Nar­row de­feat for Lorne at Len­zie

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

Oban Lorne trav­elled to Len­zie last Satur­day for a top of the ta­ble clash between the two re­main­ing un­de­feated teams in the league.

This was a much changed Oban team from pre­vi­ous weeks with a num­ber of changes made due to in­jury, work com­mit­ments, hol­i­days and sus­pen­sion.

Oban fielded a very young team with an av­er­age age of 22. The old­est player was only 28 years old - what a change from the last few sea­sons.

The young back three, all 18-years-old, were tar­geted early on by the home side and were put un­der a lot of pres­sure in the open­ing stages of the match.

A com­bi­na­tion of poor tack­ling and lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­sulted in three early tries for the home team as they ex­ploited the nerves of the young wingers.

Af­ter 15 min­utes, Oban were trail­ing by 17 points to nil and it was look­ing like be­ing a long day for the makeshift squad.

Ten min­utes from half time Oban fi­nally put some phases of play to­gether and af­ter fine lead up work by the for­wards Stephen Povey pow­ered over the line to make the half time score 17-7.

Oban started brightly in the se­cond half with an­other score af­ter a se­ries of quick rucks out­side the op­po­si­tion 22. Lorne Maclach­lan broke a cou­ple of tack­les to score a great try.

Len­zie came back at Oban and some poor de­ci­sion mak­ing from Oban al­lowed the home team to build the pres­sure on the young Oban team.

They were re­warded with a penalty and an­other try to stretch their lead to 27 points to 10 and se­cure the bonus point for scor­ing four tries.

With noth­ing to lose, Oban started to play a more ex­pan­sive game which led to an­other try with Daniel Brod­er­ick go­ing over next to the posts.

This try was con­verted by

Craig Wright to make the score 27-17.

Oban were dom­i­nat­ing most phases of play now with fan­tas­tic car­ries from Calum MacLach­lan, Stan­ley Lis­ter and Daniel Brod­er­ick putting Oban on the front foot.

With five min­utes of the match re­main­ing, Oban cap­tain Iwan Roberts made a scyth­ing break through the mid­field and scored between the posts to bring Oban within three points of Len­zie.

Oban went straight at Len­zie from the kick off and were awarded a penalty just about the half­way line.

The penalty was kicked to the cor­ner and Oban were con­fi­dent of snatch­ing the win but a squint throw let Len­zie off the hook al­low­ing them to clear their lines and claim the vic­tory.

This was Oban’s fourth away league trip in a row and to come away with three wins out of four is en­cour­ag­ing for the coach­ing team, who now shift their fo­cus to next week­end’s match against Loch Lomond.

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