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Lochaber RFC travelled to Clydesdale on Saturday for the first meeting between the clubs.
Clydesdale had enjoyed an away win at Moffat the week before, while Lochaber had lost at home by a point to the Medics and were looking to make amends.
The first scrum came after only a few minutes and, even with the under-19 scrum laws in place this season, Lochaber folded the much heavier Clydesdale pack in half and left them in a heap on the ground. The under 19 law variant saved Clydesdale for the remainder of the game as Lochaber could only push 1.5 metres.
With this dominance up front, it wasn’t long until Lochaber were in for their first points of the game with Findlay Ireland breaking free twice in quick succession to score a brace of tries in the corner, with Ryan Davies converting the first one in very windy conditions.
Lochaber’s lineout worked well the whole game with Alan Hamilton securing all of his own and stealing all bar one of Clydesdale’s. And it was from one such lineout that Lochaber scored their third try, Rory MacKay scoring from the back of the resulting maul, converted by Davies.
Conor Taylor secured the bonus point after brushing aside a couple of tackles from close range.
Lochaber were enjoying themselves, which could be seen in the confidence of their play, with their backs causing all sorts of problems for Clydesdale.
Edward Murray John scored a brace of tries, with Davies converting the first to further increase their lead.
However, coming into half time Lochaber took their feet off the gas and allowed their opponents to score in the corner.
This gave the visitors a bit of a wake up just before half time and they got the last points of the half when Christopher Simpson ran clear to score, with Davies converting.
After a quick team talk at half time, Lochaber made quick work getting their first points of the second half with Callum Boyd scoring before MacKay got his second of the day with Davies converting the second.
Lewis Morrison showed his pace to score, with Davies converting before Taylor got his second try.
Simpson ran in for an easy score in the corner before captain Callum MacDonald finished things off with a try in the last play of the game with Boyd converting for a final tally of 5-79.
Things got a bit confusing, however, as the referee gave a final score of 5-68 – missing one try and three conversions. Lochaber were unable to talk to the referee about this after the game and the whistler’s score stood.
Lochaber host Moffat on Saturday at Banavie. Kick-off 3pm.