Good away win for Oban Lorne

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Pais­ley 22 Oban Lorne 32 Ten­nent’s West Divi­sion 2

Oban Lorne trav­elled to Pais­ley on Satur­day to play the side who fin­ished third in the divi­sion last year, nar­rowly miss­ing out on pro­mo­tion, and be­ing hotly tipped to win the league this sea­son.

A strong Oban team showed only a cou­ple of changes from the team who were suc­cess­ful against Cum­ber­nauld the pre­vi­ous week with Lorne Sin­clair com­ing in at hooker and David Cameron tak­ing his place on the wing. There was also a start on the wing for Oban High School PE teacher Cal­lum Mur­ray.

Pais­ley kicked off and won a penalty al­most straight from the kick-off with Oban knock­ing the ball on and player play­ing the ball in front. The Pais­ley kicker dis­patched the kick with ease – an early warn­ing for Oban.

Oban re­sponded by rac­ing up the other end and af­ter some fast and ac­cu­rate ruck­ing cre­ated space for vice cap­tain Stephen Povey to cross the line for Oban’s first try of the after­noon af­ter just six min­utes of play. Al­most straight from the kick-off Oban were to dou­ble their try tally for the after­noon af­ter some good at­tack­ing play by the backs took Oban back into the Pais­ley 22. Back row player Matt Walker was on hand to cross the try line next to the posts. Fin­lay Carmichael con­verted to in­crease the Oban lead to 12 points to three af­ter 10 min­utes.

Oban were caus­ing Pais­ley a num­ber of prob­lems with the speed of their at­tack­ing play. The Oban pack were out­work­ing their much heav­ier op­po­nents and cre­at­ing good quick ruck ball for the backs to use with out­side cen­tre Iwan Roberts and full­back Craig Wright us­ing their pace to stress the de­fence.

Fin­lay Carmichael was to ex­tend the Oban lead with an­other well-struck penalty kick af­ter Pais­ley were caught off­side at the ruck. Oban 15– Pais­ley 3.

Craig Wright was next on the scoreboard with an­other scyth­ing run down the wing out­pac­ing Pais­ley to score be­hind the posts. Fin­lay Carmichael stepped up to slot the con­ver­sion to put Oban 22 to points to three ahead.

This brought an end to the scor­ing in the first half and the mes­sage at half time was to keep the work rate high and keep the ball in hand to keep chal­leng­ing the de­fence.

Pais­ley made a cou­ple of po­si­tional changes at half time which re­ally chal­lenged the Oban de­fence and al­lowed them to get a pe­riod of as­cen­dency. The Oban mid­field strug­gled to adapt to this change and this al­lowed Pais­ley to claw back a cou­ple of tries to bring them back into con­tention in the game: Pais­ley 17–Oban 22.

Oban rang the changes to try and freshen up the team bring­ing on Stan­ley Lis­ter, Kyle Gra­ham and Daniel Speirs. This seemed to have the de­sired ef­fect with Oban man­ag­ing to get back in con­trol of the game.

Fin­lay Carmichael man­aged to give Oban a bit of breath­ing space with an­other well­struck penalty kick: Oban 25–Pais­ley 17.

With Oban rais­ing the pace of the game again as their fit­ness started to show, they man­aged to re­turn to the fast­paced game that had served them so well in the first half.

The bonus point try was fi­nally achieved af­ter an­other scin­til­lat­ing at­tack in­volv­ing both backs and for­wards with the ball out to the wing for David Cameron to slide in at the corner for his first se­nior try. This was again con­verted by Carmichael to move Oban on to 32 points.

There was still time for Pais­ley to score an­other try as they cap­i­talised on an Oban mis­take in their 22 to cross for their third try of the after­noon and bring the fi­nal score to Pais­ley 22–Oban 32.

There were lots of pos­i­tives again for the Oban coach to take from this game al­though the de­fen­sive lapses will need to be ad­dressed in train­ing.

This week Oban travel to He­lens­burgh for an Ar­gyll derby where they would look to con­tinue their good run of form. He­lens­burgh are no strangers hav­ing also dropped down from West 1 last sea­son with Oban win­ning both home and away last sea­son.

Oban Lorne’s next home game is the Ten­nents West Shield semi-fi­nal at home to Dalziel on Satur­day Septem­ber 29.

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