Cumbernauld V Oban Lorne
Match Report 17th Nov 2018
Last weekend Oban Lorne were on the road again this time travelling to Cumbernauld for the first of the 2nd round of games in West Division 2. The team travelled looking to get back to winning ways following the disappointing loss away to Wigtownshire the previous weekend.
Oban arrived in good time and after a good warmup where things were looking really sharp the boys were looking to play some good rugby in excellent conditions. Playing with the strong sun on their backs and a bit of a breeze behind them in the 1st Half captain Iwan Roberts elected to receive the kick off.
Big Kyle Graham gathered the kick superbly and went on a charge, good quick ruck ball was one and passed out the line only for a knock on inside the 22 to gift possession to Cumbernauld. They were quick to recycle a couple of phases before passing the ball out to their dangerous centre who crossed for the first score of the day within 3 minutes.
This was a wake up call for Oban who proceded to work there way up the other end of the field from the kick off for Iwan Roberts to cruise over the line for a well worked try. This was converted by Finlay Carmichael to give Oban a 7-5 lead which they were not going to let go.
Craig wright was next on the scoresheet with a trademark run around the Cumbernauld defence to extend Obans lead. Carmicahel was unsuccessful with his kick from out wide give Oban a 12 -5 lead.
Oban were on fire at this point with forwards and backs working really well to keep the ball alive and put the opposition on the back foot. Captain Roberts was next on the scoresheet with a Scything run through the midfield to score behind the posts and give an easy conversion for Carmichael. 19-5.
Oban were to secure their bonus point try after 32 minutes when David Cameron collected a kick from the Cumbernauld stand off around the half way line and took off on a fantastic run right through the middle of the Cumbernauld team breaking a number of tackles on his way. He managed to offload to Craig Wright to speed over the line the again. This took the Oban lead out to 24 points to 5.
Oban were putting the Cumbernauld team under a lot of pressure and this led to them giving a away a penalty inside the 22. With the bonus point in the bag already a quick tap penalty was taken and Calum Maclachlan crashed over the line. The Big prop relishing his return to action after serving a 2 week suspension.
A half time score of Cumbernauld 5 Oban 31 with Oban well in control.
The second half continued in the same vane with Oban controlling large swathes of the match although the Cumbernauld number 8 was a hard man to put down and he along with the 2 centres were the home sides best players on the day.
Steven Parr was next on the scoresheet for Oban, making his first start of the season on the wing after his shinty commitments have finished for this season. A well worked try saw him speed over in the corner a great Oban try. 31-5
Young Lorne Sinclair was impressing again with his workrate around the pitch and support of the ball carrier. He was everywhere and into everything a real all action display. He was rewarded with a fine try after another great Oban break. This was again converted by Carmichael who was having a great day with the boot. 43 points to 5 to Oban.
Craig Wright was to claim his hattrick of tries after another lightning break from good turnover ball by the forwards, the ball was worked wide for the Oban Full back to race away and score again. This already a stellar season with Wright having score over 20 tries already and not even halfway through the season yet.
With Oban cruising a number of changes were made with young James Divers replacing Vasil Borisov at Scrum half and Roddy Morrison and Andy Ritchie coming on to replace Steven Parr and David Cameron on the wings and Michael Mackinnon replacing Man of the Match Kyle Graham in the 2nd row. The big fella has come on in leaps and bounds this year and is still improving with every game.
Calum Maclachlan was given a yellow card with about 10 minutes of the game to go. This was team card for persistent infringements after a number of warnings from the referee. The extra man advantage allowed Cumbernauld back in to the game and they score two late tries to bring the final score to Cumbernauld 17 Oban 50.
Oban have no game this week with the club having a Rugby Force day to tidy up around the clubhouse.
Oban welcome Helensburgh to Glencruitten next Saturday 1st December for the return match of the Argyll Derby. It would be great to get a good support along for this crucial game for Oban as they look to close the gap on the league leaders Lenzie and Uddingston.