Title challenge, and captain, derailed at Motherwell

Oban Lorne captain Iwan Roberts.

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Last weekend Oban Lorne travelled to Motherwell to take on Dalziel RFC looking to keep there West Division 2 title challenge on track against the team one position above them in the league.

A Strong Oban outfit departed in confident mood following the previous weekends 97-0 victory over Uddingston.

It did not take long for the early confidence to be shattered however with Oban Captain Iwan Roberts sustaining a nasty ankle injury five minutes into the game. An xray on Sunday morning confirmed a fractured Fibula which will likely mean that the captain has played in his last game of this season.

The oban scrum and lineout were under pressure from the experienced Dalziel Front row and this dominance led to a number of penalties which the hosts duly converted to turn at half time with a 9-0 lead.

There were few glimpses of the open attacking rugby which has been the Oban trademark in recent times but on the rare occasions they did break out the visitors managed to string some nice passages of play together but just could not breach the home defence.

The start of the second half brought more disruption with David Cameron and Daniel Broderick both sutstaining Hamstring injuries. The home team continued to dominate the set piece to add two more penalties in the second half to make the score 15-0.

When Oban managed to get clean ball they looked the more dangerous attack but defence of both teams was the key factor on the day.

Calum Maclachlan, Vasil Borisov and Craig Wright were the key men for Oban in attack with Lorne Maclachlan and Lorne Sinclair the top defenders.