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Helensburgh Under-14s 18-13 Oban Lorne Under-14s
Oban U14s travelled to Helensburgh on Sunday to take on strong opponents that they had lost to earlier in the season 14-30.
A tough game was expected and a tough game was had.
Helensburgh kicked off and a tremendous run by Ruairidh Rankin sparked a good start by the away side. Dougie Brown gathered a loose ball from a line out and beat three defenders on a surging run over the try line. The ball was knocked out of his hands but Beinn Grey was quick to react and touched down for the first try, converted by Cammy Crowe, to give Oban a 0-4 lead.
The next period of play saw Helensburgh come back into the game scoring a converted try to make the score 4-4.
From the restart Franeck Kupczak bulldozed his way through three despairing tacklers before going to ground. Having drawn in the defence, Joe Corns moved the ball quickly right where the ball was recycled quickly by Donald MacCormick. Two quick passes from Joe Corns and Cammy Crowe sent winger Archie Johnston in for a try.
The next 10 minutes were evenly contested with the defences coming out on top and Oban dropping the ball on three occasions when it seemed they would score.
After a couple of penalties Oban worked their way into the Helensburgh 22 where a well planned line out move saw Cammy Crowe charge over for another unconverted try.
Helensburgh began to exert some pressure of their own, which eventually led unconverted try, closing the gap to 7-10.
Oban raised their game once again and scored from yet another rampaging run from Franeck Kupczak, who charged over the line with two players hanging on to him.
Unfortunately Oban tired in the closing stages of the match whilst Helensburgh were able to utilise their large squad to bring on fresh legs which saw them run in three further tries, converting two to make the the final score 18-13.
This was a great game to watch, on another day opportunities would have been taken and the result may have been different.
The whole team played very well with the forwards in particular executing their set plays from the training field very well. In the backs, Hamish Macintyre put in a man of the match performance.