National U16 Schools Bowl
Oban High School/ Oban Lorne 34-22 Duncanrig High School
Tuesday 14th November, North Connel
Oban High School/ Oban Lorne’s U16 team have progressed to the National U16 Bowl Final after an entertaining 34-22 win against Duncanrig High School at North Connel last week.
The Oban side have progressed through the competition with wins against Breadalbane/ Pitlochry/ Blairgowrie (10-45) and a Quarter Final meeting with Ardrossan that finished 50-0.
A strong and full squad was fielded for this semi final tie played at North Connel. Oban went ahead early in the fixture with Connor Taylor touching down for the first try of the game. Duncanrig hit back with their first try of the game almost immediately narrowing the score to 7-5. Oban improved as the first half wore on and raced into a 19-5 halftime lead with further tries from Jordan Norman and another effort from Connor Taylor.
Kenny Gray looked to have out the game beyond doubt at the start f the second half however his effort was ruled out for being offside. Angus Neil did however extend the lead shortly after bringing the score to 26-5.
Things were looking go Oban’s way at this points until a dubious yellow card with 15 minutes to play turned the game on its head. Duncanrig with a mad advantage raced in three unanswered tries to claw back to 26-22. Oban did keep the visitors at bay with an Angus Neil penalty bringing the score to 29-22. As Duncanrig pressed in the later stages Kenny Gray sealed the Oban win with a fantastic solo run from 40 meters out so score with the last play. Fulltime 34-22 to Oban.
The result means that the team will progress to the National U16 Bowl Final that will be played on Wednesday 6th of December at 2.30pm on the back pitches at BT Murrayfield, a fantastic achievement for the players and coaches. Details for the final and for supporter transport will be announced by the school/ club in due course.