Oban v West of Scotland U18 Regional Cup Group B Oban were delighted to welcome West of Scotland Rugby Club to Glencruitten. This was the second match in the group stages for the U18 team who performed well in their league before Christmas. The Oban side is strengthened by players from Lochaber RFC who make the journey down to Glencruitten regularly. West were the strong favourites going into this match and the young Oban team knew they would need to step up to get a result on the day. The game was refereed by Eddie Ingram and kicked off at 1pm. Stephen Lawson was on hand to take the team photo for the season which is always appreciated, but after the photo shoot it was down to business. Oban started well in the match keeping possession but finding it difficult to break down the visitors. Some strong runs from Craig Cook, Ewan Shearer and Kieron Morrison provided a good platform on occasions for Angus Neil to ship the ball wide. Jordan Norman enjoyed the space on the wing but West were up to the challenge defensively and Oban didn’t manage to get any points on the board. The first 20 minutes would have to be given to Oban even though the score remained 0-0; towards the end of the first half West got the journey out of their legs and started to look sharp with the ball in hand. The well drilled and organised Bearsden side took full advantage of some weak tackling and crossed the line with a well executed move down the right wing. This set the tone for the remainder of the half with West of Scotland stepping up a gear and the Oban side looking stretched at every play. The second half saw some slick play from West which helped them to open up a significant lead, Oban struggled to find breathing space with their kick chase game and the west wing and full-back relished the opportunity to run the ball back at a disorganised Oban defence. Finn Charlton was making West work for the ball at the breakdown along with Stuart MacQueen but it was all too little too late for the Oban team. Oban did have two occasions of pressure on the try line of West but on both occasions they were unable to finish. The difference in the teams was evident and the lessons will be learned by the Oban players, it was good to face a high calibre opposition at home and congratulations to West who were well deserved winners on the day and we would expect them to progress well in the competition. Final score ended up Oban 0 – West of Scotland 52. The Oban U18 team will face Cartha Queens Park RFC at home on Saturday 23rd of February; this will be another tough test for the West Highland boys who face another well established Glasgow team. After this the team will progress to a semi-final in either the Plate, Shield or Bowl depending on how they finish in the group stage. All supporters are invited along to support the boys on the 23rd of Feb and this is followed by a Curry and Quiz night at the club after the Scotland game which will be on the big screen.