Stuffy performance from Lochaber U14 boys not enough to overcome Oban side

Lochaber's Connor Bodkin tries to break through two Oban defenders. Photograph Jon Bodkin. U14 RUGBY Connor Bodkin under attack. Photograph Jon Bodkin
Lochaber's Connor Bodkin tries to break through two Oban defenders. Photograph Jon Bodkin. U14 RUGBY Connor Bodkin under attack. Photograph Jon Bodkin

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Oban Lorne U14s 59, Lochaber U14s 26.

Lochaber RFC U14 Boys made the trip to Glencruitten for a return match against Oban
Lorne RFC U14 Boys at the weekend.

The sides had previously met at Banavie in March when the more experienced Oban Lorne side had run out comfortable winners.

Lochaber travelled south with a squad of 18 for the rematch, with several players
included who had been unavailable for the home leg in Fort William.

In perfect weather conditions for running rugby, Lochaber started the game strongly and scored two early tries, which were both converted, to take a surprise 14-point lead.

Oban came back strongly, and despite some excellent counter rucking by the Lochaber
defence on their own five-metre line, they were unable to secure the ball which was pounced on by an Oban player who drove over to score a converted try to cut the visitors lead to seven.

The game continued to be played at a very fast pace, with both sides threatening each
others try line, but some excellent defensive work by both teams snuffed out any attacks.

As the first half progressed, Oban began to get into their stride, and scored some very
good tries after exploiting holes in the Lochaber defence.

The second half saw Lochaber once again start very strongly, but again Oban began to dominate possession at key points and scored some very good tries.

Lochaber continued to press at every opportunity, and scored a well worked try, before benefiting from some good fortune when a wayward defensive kick bounced awkwardly, and was scooped up by a Lochaber player, who went over under the posts for a consolation try, which was converted.

Overall this was a very entertaining match to watch, with both teams running hard and
refusing to take a backward step. Some of the tackling from both teams was first class.

The performance from the Lochaber boys was very much improved from the previous
match against Oban Lorne, and despite the result they can take a lot from the game.

The final score was Oban Lorne U14’s 59 Lochaber U14’s 26.