Oban Lorne U18 travelled to Burnbrae on Saturday to kick off their West Regional Cup campaign. With an early kick off the Oban boys took some time to settle into the match.
West, from the league above, did not have this problem. They started strong and scored two early tries to stun the Oban boys. After 15 minutes the Oban side settled in to play and managed to get more of the ball. Strong defence from Finn Charlton, Lorne Sinclair and Craig Cook helped to stem the attack from a well drilled West side. From an Oban lineout on half way, Sandy Bavington hit James Divers who made a lovely break through the defence, beating a second defender David Cameron was on his shoulder to support and gather the offload. Cameron had the pace to finish off a lovely try against the run of play under the posts. Ben MacFarlane Barrow added the extra points. West fought back strong and used the width of the park to expose Oban out wide and add another converted try. West showed slick handling to ship the ball wide at every opportunity and only an occasional error in handling was stopping them from adding to the scoreline. Eventually the game plan worked and West had a clean break down the right wing and got under the posts to make the score 28-7 at half time.
The second half started in the same vein with West playing like they had a point to prove, the centres creating space and using the width at every opportunity, the West winger got in the corner on the right wing after a good kick and chase this was quickly followed by another converted try. Scoreline was now 40-7. The Oban side started to mix up how they played the more experienced side and had some joy in attack, it was through loose play in the attacking 22m that Oban recycled the ball quickly and again Divers linked up with Cameron to crash over the line and the extras added for 40-14.
This only spurred on West who went on to score 4 more tries. Oban managed to get one more score from MacFarlane-Barrow who also added the extras. A good pick up short of the line allowed MacFarlane-Barrow to crash over the line. Credit to the Oban players who stuck in right to the end and played some really good Rugby. West were a well organised team who deserved the points and both teams played the game in a fantastic spirit. U18 Rugby training is on Thursday evening, any players who are interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org