Lochaber set the pace for Moffat demolition

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Lochaber were back at Banavie on Saturday where they played host to Moffat.

Alasdair Davidson gets to grips with a Moffat player. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

The hosts set the tone from the kick off and were soon on the scoresheet when Alan Hamilton gathered the lineout ball to set up a rolling maul.

Rory MacKay broke away to get within 5m of the line but was tackled and from the resulting ruck Conor Taylor picked up the ball, swatted aside the first tackler and went  straight through two defenders to score with Ryan Davies converting.

Their second try came from a shortened lineout just outside Moffat’s 22. A great run from Christopher Simpson made good ground before some quick offloads allowed Alasdair Davidson to score in the corner. Davies converted from out wide to make it 14-0

Edward Murray John scored scored the third when stretching through from a tackle and Lochaber had the bonus point wrapped up before half time when, from the restart, MacDonald gathered the ball before popping it to Simpson who hit the line at pace. He bowled over the first defender then beat two more on the outside before passing the ball back inside to MacDonald who sent Findlay Ireland flying up to finish off the move and score.

Rain started coming down in the second half but that didn’t stop Ireland getting his second try of the game. Murray John made a break in the midfield beating two defenders before offloading to Ireland who outpaced two more defenders to score in the corner.

A deft kick to the corner from Davies was gathered by Ireland who flicked the ball inside to Christopher Simpson who drove for the line to score try number six.

Lochaber’s final try of the match came when Callum Boyd was given the ball from the back of a scrum and threw a dummy before beating seven defenders. MacKay was the quickest to react for the pass and went on a 40 metre run to score in the corner. Final score Lochaber 41 Moffat 0.

Lochaber have a bye this Saturday before returning to action when they travel to Lanark on October 16. Lanark were the victors last time the sides met and Lochaber will be looking to put that right and have a strong squad to travel with.