Ladies handle pressure well to get off to a winning start

Oban Lorne Ladies enjoyed a home win in their first league game of the season.

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On a sunny Sunday afternoon at Glencruitten, Oban Lorne RFC ladies took to the pitch with a squad of 16 against Greenock Wanderers.

A few players played their first ever game of rugby while a couple were playing out of position with winger Rachel McDonald at scrum half and 2nd row Veronica Speirs at flanker.

There were lots of penalties in the first 10 minutes which is understandable considering the length of time since the ladies played last.

Kirsty Sinclair scored first for the hosts. Following a good passing phase the team captain scored out on the wing. A difficult conversion for Heather Fothergill meant the score stayed at 5-0 for the home side. Only a couple of minutes later, out of position MacDonald was passed to on the 22 metre line and ran the length of the pitch herself to dot down again.

The visitors began to put some pressure on and levelled the scoring with two tries of their own but just before half time Georgia Mitchell broke the line and offloaded the ball to Sinclair who touched down with Fothergill converting to take the score to 17-10 at half time.

Fifteen minutes into the second half saw Sinclair pushed over the line in between the posts to score her third and Obans fourth try of the match.

An injury forced the ladies to play the last 20 minutes with one player down and Greenock capitalised when one of their players broke down the wing to score.

Oban had the final say however when a lovely run by Fothergill and a beautiful offload to Selina Keppie led to the final try of the game and a winning scoreline of 27-15.

Oban Lorne men’s game was called off due to the opposition having had a positive Covid result from one of their players.

This weekend the Men’s team play host to  Strathaven on Saturday while the Ladies travel to play Cartha Queens Park on Sunday.