Green Machine cruises to victory in Paisley

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Oban travelled to Paisley last weekend in confident mood following the recent run of performances.

A strong Oban team with some last minute changes due to work and injuries saw a major reshuffle of the backline from previous weeks. With no Ferg McCoss or Craig Wright available, Graham Maceachen who has been excellent at scrum half in recent weeks was moved to outside centre with David Mclaughlin moving to full back.

Oban started brightly with strong carries by the forwards and slick handling by the backs getting them over the gain line.

Having been in great form since his return to action, Crawford Brown got the ball rolling with the first try of the day for Oban which was well converted by Vasil Borisov.

The opening try settled the nerves of the Green Machine and they enjoyed a really dominant spell in the game setting up another try of the season contender from Robert Mclaughlin. The young winger did well to finish an outstanding counter-attack to score under the posts giving an easy conversion for Borisov.

The teams achilles heel soon surfaced when trying to play the miracle pass/offload led to Paisley being awarded a penalty which they kicked into the corner. From the lineout drive the Paisley forwards crossed the line and their captain nailed the conversion to bring the game back to 7 -14.

This core stung the boys back into action and after another cracking multiphase play, the ball was worked wide for David Mclaughlin to run a great line to score a fantastic try.

The missed conversion meant a 7-19 scoreline at half-time.

The second half started with a couple of changes for Oban as they welcomed Corrie Louw back into the squad. With Ben James and Daniel Broderick both carrying injuries, and Stanley Lister off Skiiing, it was great to see the big man back in the team.

Oban were quickly back on the front foot and it didn’t take long for a Lorne Mclachlan to run a great line off Borisov to break through and go under the posts for the bonus point try with Borisov converting his 3rd kick of the afternoon.

With Oban dominating most of the play Lorne Maclachlan scored his second try from 10 yards out and another successful kick from Borisov.

With Oban enjoying the game a few more changes were made with Lorne Sinclair replacing Daniel Speirs who had a fantastic game in the back row tackling everything that moved. Steven Parr replaced George Ritchie, who made the most of his first senior start with a few good runs and tackles, and Jonathan Shaw, making his debut for the Green Machine, replacing Robert McLaughlin.

The boys were playing some great rugby and the final score of the game came when, after a cracking break up the line, the ball was recycled for Owen Mcdonald to score in the opposite corner. Borisov nailed the conversion from the touchline to bring up the 40 points for Oban which moves them up to 3rd position in the league.