RBS West Division 2
Cambuslang 73-0 Oban Lorne
A bare Oban Lorne squad of only 15 players made the trip to face Cambuslang last Saturday. The fact that Oban were travelling with just a team was of huge concern considering the 22 players that were available the previous weekend at home to Uddingston. Oban had beaten their hosts 21-11 at Glencruitten in November but knew they would face an uphill struggle from the start against a team going for promotion.
Oban made a great start to the game, aided with a break and kick down the wing from Ryan Jackson to gain territory in the home sides 22. Several phases of pressure were made on the Cambuslang try line with reward eventually coming in the form of a penalty. Oban however missed this chance of points and wasted what was to be their only real chance of scoring in the game.
Soon the home side stared to get into their rhythm and scored two quick tries as a result of some poor tactical kicking from the Oban backs. This was doubled within half an hour with some poor Oban defending giving a 28-0 lead.
Oban were dealt a further blow when Scrum Half Fergus Matheson limped off with a knee injury meaning Oban now had to play the game with 14 men.
With players now playing out of position it now looked like an impossible task for the men in green – that it was. Cambuslang ran in another seven tries in the remaining 50 minutes of the game to win 73-0. The second half also saw injuries to Oba n players Jamie MacMillan, Ryan Jackson and Calum MacLachlan that played a huge part in the convincing scoreline for the home team.
Despite the heavy defeat the Oban players felt a sense of pride after the game. Each player kept an impeccable level of good discipline throughout the game, worked hard for each other throughout, with no players giving up on the game despite the score. The 15 men in green can be very proud of travelling to play the game with the injury and positional problems that were present.
Oban would also like to thank the hospitality received by their hosts both before and after the game and wish them well for the rest of the season.
One positive on the day was that Oban Lorne still remain in 8th place in West Division 2 and are looking good to survive in a very though league. Relegation rivals Uddingston were beaten 74-0 by Helensburgh who Oban Lorne face next Saturday at Glencruitten. Kick off 3pm.
Oban Lorne minis continue to train 1-2pm every Sunday at the clubhouse. The mini rugby teams will be taking part in a tournament on the 11th of March on Mull meaning that training will not be on that Sunday.
Oban Lorne Team.
M. Downie, M. Flynn, D. Williams, L. MacLachlan, J. MacMillan, K. Kennedy, G. McGill, C. Louw, F. Matheson, A. MacCallum, C. Ferris, C. MacLachlan, R. Jackson, A. Wright, C.Wright.