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The future of Lochaber rugby looks to be in good hands after a strong conginent of youngsters put on a great display of rugby at the Isle of Mull’s under 14 Rugby Tens Festival on Saturday May 4.
With a team comprising of players from across the area, from Knoydart to Fort Augustus, Lochaber Rugby Club took on two squads on the day: Clifton Hall School from Edinburgh, who fielded two teams, and a Mull/Oban combined team.
The first game against Mull/Oban (MO) started at a frenetic pace, with both teams desperately seeking to break through. Lochaber scored early after a good running passage of play to score on the left wing. MO equalised but Lochaber soon responded again o go ahead again. In the second half, despite good rucking and tackling in the middle from the forwards, OM managed to score three times out wide. Lochaber’s defence stiffened, but time ran out before they could hit back and reduce the score deficit.
The second game against Clifton Hall Colours was evenly contested, with Lochaber just pipped in the try count. Lochaber opened the scoring in the match, finishing off some good lead-up work. They doubled their lead later on in the second half. The defence put in some great tackles and in attack they always managed to create something with the ball in hand. As the game progressed, Lochaber began to assert themselves and organised their outside backs more effectively.
Against Clifton Hall Whites, Lochaber scored from the kick-off, then CH Whites responded in kind from the restart. However, what looked likely to be another even contest turned Lochaber’s way as they scored two tries after some good defence and turnovers. The second half started evenly, and when CH Whites pressed Lochaber’s line, they recovered the ball well in the ruck and fed it to the backs. After a burst of pace on the outside flank, Lochaber scored another try after running in try from 70 metres.
A lot of basic but good quality rugby was needed to generate the above highlights. To top off all the Lochaber boys’ efforts on the pitch, the team received the Fair Play Award.
Lochaber Rugby Club youngsters youngsters put on a great display of rugby at the recent Isle of Mull’s under 14 Rugby Tens Festival. NO F20 LRFC