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Oban Under 14s 28 Garnock Under 14s 33

On a glorious day for rugby, Oban Under 14s welcomed Garnock to Glencruitten.

As in the first meeting between these two sides, the visitors were soon into their stride. Using their strong running centres and openside flanker to full effect, they raced into an 11 point lead through three breakaway tries, two of which were converted – three points for a try and one for a conversion at this level.

Despite this early onslaught, Oban re-grouped and demonstrated their ‘never-say-die’ attitude scoring two tries through hard running centre and captain Hamish Macintyre and Louis Smyth who made an outstanding debut at full back. The former kicked one of the conversions, making the score 7-11.

Two more converted breakaway tries extended the Garnock lead to 7-18. Yet again, Oban responded with tries from Josh Olds, Donald MacCormick, Conan Burns and Milo Llewelyn, with captain Macintyre converting two giving Oban a 21-18 lead with 20 minutes to go.

In a topsy-turvy match, Garnock kicked back into life scoring five unanswered tries making the score 21-33 with 10 minutes to go.

Oban remained defiant and showed their team spirit by scoring the final two tries of the match through Josh Olds and Donald MacCormick, one of which was converted by Macintyre.

This was a great team effort with Scott Mcphee, Donald MacCormick and Hamish Macintyre immense in defence. The rampaging runs of Scott Murdoch and Daniel Campbell-Hill kept the Garnock defence busy throughout. Man-of-the-match Josh Olds was relentless in his defence and omnipresent in support demonstrating lines of running beyond his years.

It was great to see the teams sitting down together after the match and getting on so well after such a bruising encounter.

This team is improving all the time but there is still plenty of hard work to be done. Their next game is away to Loch Lomond on Sunday November 28.

Oban Under 16s 31 Dalziel 24

The Under 16s welcomed Dalziel to a sunny Glencruitten for a top of the table clash with Oban sitting second after seven games and Dalziel sitting top after eight.

An Oban win would take the team top of the table.

Oban started the game with strong runs from centres Murray MacDonald and Thomas Jackson punching holes in the visitors’ defence. This paid off when MacDonald burst through a hole and scored under the posts making it an easy conversion for James Campbell.

Dalziel gained ground through their winger before an excellent cover tackle from Oban second rower Kuba Kolodziejczyk stopped him in his tracks. But the big Dalziel pack ploughed on and made their way into the home 22.

The hosts won the ball back but an offside penalty five metres from their try line resulted in a Dalziel try.

Oban found themselves camped in the Dalziel 22 and with pressure mounting came away with another score from prop Jack Johnston to give them a half-time 12-5 lead.

Dalziel came out the blocks quickly after the re-start and put a quick score on the board. This gave the Oban side the wake-up call required and strong carries from skipper Finlay Brown and tight head Andrew McKnight saw the home team back in control. A third try came from scrum with scrum half Callan Taylor dotting down under the posts.

Oban received the re-start and man-of-the-match Zach Alexander ran the ball out from deep passing to centre MacDonald who ran in his second of the day.

With both teams working so well defensively, tiredness set in and a few missed tackles saw Dalziel score another try to close the gap to 26-17.

Winger James Campbell got on the score sheet to stretch the lead again, but a defiant Dalziel kept knocking at the door. An excellent Oban defence kept them out but eventually a good line from the opposition’s number eight saw him score under the posts and an easy conversion made the score 31-24.

This brought a tense and nervy end to the game but Oban saw out the last three minutes to land themselves a top of the table position with only two games left to play.

This Sunday, the Oban Under 16s are away to Strathaven.

Photograph (NO_T48_ObanLorneRFC_Under16s): Oban Lorne RFC Under 16s welcomed Daziel to Glencruitten.