Oban Lorne travelled to Uddingston last Saturday for their 4rth RBS West Division 2 fixture of the season. The same fixture the previous season ended in an entertaining 31-31 draw. Oban were looking for a much needed win to lift them off the foot of the table.
The home side made a promising start with an early try after some good work by the forwards. Oban were let off with the resulting conversion hitting the uprights. The men in green took the lead only 5 minutes later; a quick penalty was taken and given to No 8 Corrie Louw who touched down from close range. Angus MacCallum added the extras to give Oban the lead.
Oban were dealt a blow after this with Stand Off, Craig Wright leaving the pitch with an injury to be replaced by his father Robert who switched to Fullback.
Uddingston responded almost immediately and regained the lead with another try, again the conversion was missed but the home side edged 10-7 in front. With the home side dominating the game the lead was extended to 15-7 with another try. This time from a scrum the home side elected to move the ball blind and ripped the Oban defence to bits to score in the corner. Yet again the conversion was missed.
At this stage the home side were reduced to 14 men after a red card. Oban took advantage of this and scored just before half time. The forwards produced a very impressive driving maul allowing Struan Smith to break clear and score beneath the posts. MacCallum again converted to narrow the home sides lead to 1 point.
Uddingston wasted no time to again take the advantage in the 2nd half to score their 4rth try of the afternoon. The Oban defence producing a shocking display against only 14 men found themselves 22-14 down. The men in Green did however reply shortly after with another score from Struan Smith after some poor tackling from the home side.
The hosts replied with two quick penalty kicks to extend their lead to 28-19 with 15 minutes remaining. Oban were now dominating but were undone with handling errors, silly penalties and some dubious refereeing which resulted in a series of uncontested scrums taking g the rhythm out of the game.
Straun Smith scored his 3rd try of the afternoon from charged down kick. The home side were given a huge let off when Robert Wright missed the resulting conversion.
Oban pressed for a late score but could not break the home defence down. Uddingston eventually holding off for a 28-24 win.
Oban travel to Stranraer next Saturday to face Wigtownshire, kick off 3pm. The men in Green hoping to move off the bottom of the table for the first time this year.
M. Downie, D. Williams, L. Burns, J. MacMillan, L. MacLauchlan, S. Smith, C. Smith, C. Louw, F. Matheson, C. Wright, A. MacDougall, A. MacCallum, C. MacDonald, A. Wright, C. MacLauchlan.
R. Wright, C. Ferris, A. Lindsay