Oban Lorne hit the ground running in season opener

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Oban Lorne RFC travelled to Uddingston on Saturday to kick off their 2019 West League 2 campaign.

A strong squad made the 104 mile journey, hopeful of a good result to get their season off to a flier, Oban were defeated by Uddingston in the corresponding fixture last season.

The visitors started brightly and were rewarded with an opening try after two minutes from prop Calum Maclachlan, starting the season in similar fashion to how he finished last season. The try was converted by Vasil Borisow.

Uddingston came right back and were awarded a penalty in front of the Oban posts, after an infringement at a ruck, which was duly converted.

Uddingston had their best spell of match in the last 10 minutes of the half putting Oban under a continued period of pressure.

This was in some ways brought on by Oban themselves with a number of penalties given away and a lack of accuracy of pass.

Oban absorbed all this pressure and then broke out  and scored another impressive try through Maclachlan, converted by Borisow, in the last move of the half. Halftime score Unningston 3 Oban Lorne 14.

Coach Andrew Johnston had some words of wisdom for his team during the break, asking them to be more accurate and lower the tackle height to prevent anymore penalties.

Oban started the second half and continued to pressure the home team. They were soon on the scoreboard again when, after a series of scrum infringements close to the Uddingston line, they were awarded a penalty try.

The Bonus point try arrived in due course and it was Maclachlan again who scored, giving him his hat trick for the day after another trademark run.

Oban were really dominating proceedings now and Daniel Broderick was next on the scoreboard rounding off a great team move.

Captain Iwan Roberts was then somewhat harshly yellow carded when he knocked on during an attempted interception, spending 10 minutes on the touchline for his troubles.

This setback did not stop the green machine and further tries were scored by Craig Wright, notching his first of the season, and Mitchell Smith, the big Australian being in the right place to round off another well worked try.

Uddingston responded with a consolation try in the dying minutes but Oban were comfortably in the lead and the final whistle went with an impressive bonus point victory of 8-43 away from home. A great result!

Commenting on the game captain Roberts said: ‘It was a slow start with the first half being stop-start and both teams turning the ball over constantly.

‘We weren’t keeping the ball for long enough periods to build phases and implement an attacking structure. We can forgive this due to it being the first game of the season though.

‘Something clicked after half time, and we were beginning to break the gain line due to us keeping the ball and starting to find our feet with this new structure.

‘This, along with a solid defensive effort and great attitude, saw us score a few effective team tries; which to us as a players is more satisfying than individual scores.’