Oban Lorne kicked off the 2011/12 season last Saturday with an away game in the RBS Regional Bowl at Cumbernauld.
Captain Struan Smith and brother Cammy were missing from the squad due to work commitments while Craig Wright made his competitive debut for Oban at Scrum Half. Oban also welcomed back some experience in the 2nd row in the form of Neil Rimmer.
Oban couldn’t have wished for a better start to the game as they found themselves ahead after only 2 minutes. Flanker Andy MacDougall broke free from a scrum in the middle of the park to run clear and touch down under the posts. Craig Wright converted to give a 7-0 lead.
Cumbernauld replied shortly after with their first try. The home pack did well to advance to the Oban line with a drive and maul which was followed by a pick and go to the blind side resulting in and easy score. The conversion was missed meaning Oban kept hold of the lead.
With the weather conditions deteriorating it was the home side who were next to take advantage of some scrappy play to take the lead. Oban were there own worst enemy at times by committing too many players to the breakdown. This resulted in a second try for Cumbernauld who took advantage of an overlap from turnover ball to cross the line. The score was extended to 12-5 with the resulting conversion.
Oban pressed the home tryline near the interval, denied on close range several times. Hope of a try seemed to be gone before halftime with the sin binning of Andy MacDougall but 14 men Oban stood firm and got back onto the score sheet with a try from Angus MacCallum.
Cumbernauld took a 15-12 lead after an uneventful first 10 minutes in the second half. This was followed by a serious ankle injury to Oban prop robin MacQueen resulting in the game being postponed for 15 minutes. Oban’s team spirit shone through as the team opted to play on rather than postpone the match.
Both teams played out an exciting final quarter of the game with attacking intent the priority.
Cumbernauld finished the scoring of the day with a break away try that ended Oban’s chances of winning the game. The home side winning 20-12 where they progress to play Cowal in the second Round.
M. Downie, R. MacQueen, M. Flynn, N. Rimmer, J. MacMillan, A. MacDougall, L. MacLauchlan, C. Louw, C. Wright, A. MacCallum, C. Ferris, A. Munro, C. MacDonald, A. Wright, C. MacLauchlan, D. Williams, A. Park.
Man of the Match – Robin MacQueen
Oban Lorne start their RBS West Division 2 fixtures next weekend with an away fixture to Lenzie. KO 3PM
Oban Lorne mini’s are restarting for the season this Sunday 1-2pm at the clubhouse.