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Last weekend Oban Lorne RFC travelled to play Cambuslang in the West Regional shield hoping for an improved performance from the preseason game where they outmuscled by the more experienced team on the day.
Showing a number of changes from previous weeks, with the Aussie contingent away experiencing some European culture and work and injuries depriving them of Craig Wright, Owen Mcdonald, David Mclaughlin, Finlay Carmichael, Lorne Sinclair and Ferg McCoss it was a very experimental Oban side that took to the pitch.
‘Even with the number of changes enforced it is a measure of the strength in depth at the moment that a decent squad of 19 players were in confident mood ahead of the game,’ said head coach Andrew Johnston.
Oban started strongly and with some great penetrating runs taking play deep into the Cambuslang half. Calum MAclachlan and Eric Roberts were carrying the ball well up front and No8 for the Day Daniel Broderick was really exploding off the back of the scrum.
There was also good penetration from a new look centre combo of David Cameron and Vasil Borisov, the experienced Bulgarian scrum-half having to play at centre.
From a scrum deep in the Cambuslang 22 Oban managed to get a fantastic nudge and drove the home pack back over the line. With the hosts diving in to try and prevent a touch down the referee awarded Oban a Penalty try.
Cambuslang responded with a break out of there own and two quick tries in succession saw them take a 12 -7 lead.
Oban came back hard and scored a fantastic try through Lorne Maclachlan before Cambuslang stretched away with three further tries.
A lack of experience on the wings was exposed by the home team with coaches hoping that those playing out of position would take some learning from it.
Oban had the final say of things when leading try scorer Calum Maclachlan surged over for a consolation try.
With Oban out of the Shield competition the sole focus is now on winning the West Division Two league.
This weekend sees the Green Machine make the trip to Helensburgh for the Argyll Derby, preview to come.
Photograph: Stephen Lawson Photography.