BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY
EAST KILBRIDE 62-5 OBAN LORNE
A healthy Oban Lorne squad boasting 21 players travelled to the central belt on Saturday to take on East Kilbride RFC for the second time this season. The teams met at Glencruitten in October with EK battling out a narrow 10-8 win in a very physical game.
Oban were hoping for some much needed points going into the game with their lowly league position causing some concern for the club particularly with bottom two Irvine playing Helensburgh. Fortunately Helensburgh failed to raise a side for Saturdays league fixture meaning neither team managed to pick up any points.
Coach Corrie Louw handed a start to Jamie Bate at Outside Centre allowing Captain Craig Wright to move onto the wing. Apart from that it was a fairly settled starting XV that took to the field.
With the strong wind an wintery conditions against them Oban did well to hold the home side out for the first 10 minutes of the game. Eventually EK opened the scoring for the day and went ahead with a try from a lineout drive close to the line taking a 5-0 lead.
Oban could not maintain any possession and really struggled at the set piece with the scrum in particular being dominant for the hosts powerful pack.
The try count opened up for the hosts as the play the conditions well and raced into a very convincing 38-0 halftime lead – a huge disappointment for the Oban side who were hopeful of their chances going into the match.
Halftime seemed to be a welcome break for Oban Lorne who came out firing in the second half and dominated the first 10 minutes. After a series of penalties being awarded Oban found themselves camped inside the EK half. A quick taken penalty was cross kicked by Stand Off Iwan Rhys Roberts and touched down by Hooker Radostin Maksimov who continued his impressive scoring record of late.
This however was as good as things got for the men in green as the hosts ran in a further four second half tries to run out 62-5 winners.
East Kilbride have been on a great run of form recently and find themselves with an outside chance of promotion along with Carrick, Garnock and Allan Glens.
Oban Lorne remain 10th in the league after Saturdays game and have yet another away journey this Saturday as they visit third placed Garnock. Garnock recorded a 25-19 win at Glencruitten in the first game of the season. Kick off is at 3pm.
The next home fixture for Oban Lorne is a crucial encounter against 9th placed Cambuslang on Saturday 10th of February – kick off 3pm.
Oban Lorne’s Glencruitten clubhouse will be open for this Saturdays opening Nat West 6 Nations fixture between Wales and Scotland. Kick off is at 2.15pm with all rugby fans welcome to come along and watch the game.
BT WEST DIVISION 1