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Newton Stewart claim West Division 1 title at North Connel

BT WEST DIVISION 1
OBAN LORNE 15-18 NEWTON STEWART
VISITORS WIN WEST DIVISION 1 TITLE AT NORTH CONNEL
Oban Lorne welcomed title chasing Newton Stewart as Saturdays opposition in what was a very important game for both teams. The Greenmachine were in the hunt for some much needed league points to lift themselves away from the relegation zone while the visitors knew that a win would secure the league title and promotion to the National League for the first time in the clubs history.
Due to a frozen pitch at Glencruitten the game was moved to the beautiful surroundings of the back up North Connel pitch which was in perfect condition for the game.
Oban despite missing some key players such as Prop Robin MacQueen, Second Rows Jack Baxter and Jack Strachan and Stand Off Dave McCabe still managed to field a very strong squad confident of taking a win after some promising performances in recent weeks.
Referee Andy Summers began the match in front of a large North Connel crowd with a number of away supporters making the long trip to Oban.
The visitors attacked well early on and were using their big runners in the back row to out the Oban defence under pressure. It was Oban however who would take the lead after only five minutes. A poor pass in the away backline was intercepted by Oban captain Craig Wright. Wright broke free into the 22 where he was eventually brought down by the scrambling defence. The ball was spun wide through the hand of the Oban team where it eventually found player/ coach Corrie Louw who bundled over the line for a 5-0 lead. Scrum Half Finlay Carmichaels conversion added another two points.
The looked to respond with a penalty attempt that fell wide off the posts after a very long period of advantage played from Oban being offside.
On the 12 minute mark the match was stopped due to a serious knee injury sustained to Newton Stewarts 17 year old Stand Off. The player was dealt with superbly by the pitch side medics and much thanks must be given to the local emergency services who were on the scene in good time and controlled to situation very well. Thought of all at Oban Lorne are with the player for a speedy recovery.
After a 30 minute break play was resumed deep in the Oban Lorne half. Newton Stewart pressed well for a try and were rewarded with their efforts with two tries in a 5 minute period racing into a 12-7 lead.
Oban’s discipline at the breakdown was becoming an issue in the game and were gaining no 50/50 decisions from the referee. The men in Green were deduced to 14 men on the half hour mark with Malcolm Kavanagh being removed from the field by referee Summers due a successive number of penalties given away by the team.
Playing with 14 men has seemed to bring out the best in Oban Lorne this season and this proved to be the same again with increased effort levels throughout the team being rewarded with a well taken Carmichael penalty to reduce the score to 12-10 at halftime.
Into the second half Newton Stewart started well and controlled the majority of territory and possession. The Oban defence however was very strong with some fantastic tackling and competing for the ball at the breakdown.
As the Oban defence soaked up the Newton Stewart pressure the home side were again reduced to 14 players with second row Vladi Mihov being sinbinned for an off the ball incident with an opponent. The visitors made the most of their man advantage and slotted over two penalties in a shirt space of time to increase the lead to 18-10.
With 20 minutes remaining Oban hit back through captain Craig Wright. A clearing Oban kick was knocked straight into Wrights hands in a mixup between the away sides fullback and winger. Wright raced clear from 40 meters out to score and bring Oban back into the match. Carmichael’s conversion narrowly missed meaning Oban still trailed by three points.
The second Oban Lorne try of the day seemed to change the pattern of the game with the visitors looking nervy going into the closing stages . Oban now had most of the ball and attacked well bringing in powerful runners such and Callum MacLachlan to the match.
A powerful Oban driving maul was also dismantling the away forward pack at times along with a dominant scrum. The Oban lineout which misfired at times in the first half was now functioning well with the majority of throws going long to replacement back row Stephen Povey.
Oban pressed for a winning score but were undone with some fantastic defensive work on many occasions and a few unforced errors with the ball in hand.
The Newton Stewart players and supporters were both delighted and relieved with the noise of the final whistle meaning they had secured the West Division 1 title for the first ever time.
Despite the late dominance from Oban Lorne the better team on the day had won the game with the visitors controlling the game well for the majority of the 80 minutes. Newton Stewart are worthy league winners and everyone at Oban Lorne wishes them the best of luck in National Division 3 next season.
With losing within seven points Oban Lorne secured a vital bonus point to narrow the gap to 8th placed Kilmarnock RFC to only five points with two matches in hand over their Ayrshire rivals.
Oban Lorne will hope to get onto level terms with Kilmarnock in the league as the team welcome mid table Garnock RFC to Glencruitten this Saturday. Kick off is scheduled for 3pm with the game planned to be played at Glencruitten.
R. Brodie, R. Maksimov, T. Sutherland, A. MacDougall, V. Mihov, A. Franzo, L. MacLachlan, C. Louw, F. Carmichael, R. Bertrand, C. MacLachlan, M. Kavanagh, C. Wright, V. Borisov, I. Rhys Roberts.
A. Banks, S. Povey, D. Speirs, T. Harrison.

BT WEST REGIONAL SHIELD SEMI FINAL
Oban Lorne still await on the outcome of their semi final opponents in the West Regional Shield with the Quarter final toe between East Kilbride and Carrick RFC falling victim of a frozen pitch on Saturday. The game will now be played this Saturday with the winners facing Oban Lorne at Glencruitten on Saturday 25th of February.

BT WEST DIVISION 4
COWAL 53-13 ARGYLL & BUTE
Argyll & Bute played their 10th competitive match of the season on Saturday as they travelled to take on Argyll rivals Cowal RFC at Dunoon Stadium.
Argyll fielded a strong team but were undone on the day with a number of players playing out of position particularly in the pack. After leading 3-0 Argyll eventually fell down 53-13 playing most of the game with 14 players due to injury. Despite the loss Argyll were happy with their overall performance and managed to score a couple of well worked tries.
This Saturday Argyll & Bute travel to take on Shawlands RFC in Glasgow.

BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2
OBAN LORNE LADIES V ANNAN WARRIORS
Oban Lorne Ladies have their biggest game of the season so far this Sunday as they welcomed second placed Annan Warriors to Glencruitten. Only one point separates the sides at the top of the league with the winning team this Sunday taking a massive step towards promotion to Division 1.
A close game is in prospect with the teams meeting in the BT Women’s Bowl a few week ago where Annan ran out narrow 10-8 winners.
Oban Lorne ladies are currently unbeaten in the league and should have a strong squad to choose from for this weeks game. Kick off on Sunday is scheduled for 2pm at Glencruitten.

Oban Lorne 3-6 Annan

BT WEST DIVISION 1
OBAN LORNE 3-6 ANNAN
Oban Lorne welcomed mid table Annan RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday for the second meeting between the sides this season. Oban have never beaten Annan who recorded a narrow 10-0 win over the Greenmachine back in October.
A win in this fixture was much needed for the home side who have struggled for any consistency this season and find themselves sitting second bottom in the league table.
At a damp and dreary Glencruitten both teams failed to create any notable attacking phases of play in what proved to be a dismal 80 minutes of rugby.
Oban selected eight able bodied front row trained players for the game to try and get at the Annan pack. Dominance in the scrum was a feature for the whole match for Oban, but for some reason the home side couldn’t capitalize on this. The men in Green also lost powerful winger Calum MacLachlan to a yellow card early on for an off the ball tackle, an incident that could easily have warranted a tougher punishment from local referee Willie Malone who did his best to let the game flow for the benefit of both teams.
Not a single try was scored in this match, with neither team looking like scoring throughout. An early Annan penalty gave them a 3-0 lead. The scores were quickly level as Oban converted a penalty, a further Annan penalty took the score to 6-3 at half time and that’s how the match finished with a very forgettable display from both sides in the second half.
A Notable performance from Oban number eight for the day Vladi Mihov though, played with his heart on his sleeve all game making big hits and countless turnovers. Oban Lorne failed to capitalize on three 5 metre scrums in the game that would usually bring a try.
Saturdays result was a disappointing start to 2017 for Oban Lorne who have only won three out of eleven fixtures this season.
The Greenmachine will look to get back to winning ways this Saturday as they welcome Argyll rivals and bottom placed side to Glencruitten. Oban won the reverse fixture 47-7 early in the season and a repeat performance this weekend is a must. Kick off 2pm, all welcome

Oban Lorne Ladies 17-12 Howe of Fife

BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

OBAN LORNE LADIES 17-12 HOWE OF FIFE

SUNDAY 20TH NOVEMBER, GLENCRUITTEN

On a cold and crisp Sunday afternoon, Oban Ladies welcomed Howe of Fife to Glencruitten for what proved to be a very evenly matched game. With these teams sitting first and second in their league respectively. Boasting a strong squad of 18 women, the hosts went into the match on a high after last week’s defeat of RDVC in Edinburgh, including a debut for 17 year old fullback Lucy Stewart who has this week been dispensed to play for the senior squad, having previously played for the high school team. In the absence of captain Camilla Leslie, vice captain Laura MacCormick stepped up to lead the ladies on the pitch.

The majority of the first half went without major excitement, with both teams enjoying the occasional breakthrough run and putting up a strong defence against each others attempts to progress toward either try line. It wasn’t until the closing minutes of the first half that any points were added to the board, with captain for the day MacCormick leading by example and diving over the line following some impressive runs, shrugging off tackles throughout the first 40 minutes. This half drew to a close at 5-0.

Howe started the second half strongly and after 10 minutes of more toing and froing, the girls in green frustratingly allowed one of the Howe players to slip through 4 or 5 tackles to dive over the line on their left wing (5-5). Not deterred by a short run of mistakes, the Oban ladies regrouped and after a strong run by Stewart, with good support from her fellow backs, Oban earned a penalty just out from their try line. The try wasn’t to come at this stage, but following some swapping of possession in the rucks Howe came away with the ball and booted it up the pitch. Stewart deftly caught it and ran round many of her own players and the opposition alike to score Oban’s second try of the game (10-5). Stewart slotted into the senior team without any trouble, performing a great covering role as fullback and demonstrating a good understanding of the game and high skill level. As the second half played out, Oban suffered a couple of injuries, including a head knock to captain MacCormick and this left them vulnerable to the relentless attack by their opposition. With 15 minutes of the match remaining Howe of Fife took the lead for the first time, scoring and also securing the first successful conversion of the match (10-12).

As the match came to a close, both teams were showing signs of tiring in the freezing conditions, with the defensive lines not as regimented as the start of the game, but it was Oban that pushed until the final whistle, and the ladies were rewarded with the match clinching try just two minutes before the end of the game. Stand off Emma Roxburgh, who has had a very successful season thus far, ended up getting the ball over the line after a string of impressive whole team play, with Stewart successfully converted just before the ref’s final whistle to bring the closing score to 17-12. This allows the Green Army to retain their position at the top of National Division 2, and they travel to play Annan next week in the preliminary round of the BT women’s bowl. Their next home game will be in the new year. The ladies train Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm at Glencruitten pitches, with new players always encouraged and no previous experience necessary.

Oban Lorne ladies have improved vastly since the start of the season under the guidance of head coach Corrie Louw and have been attracting around 20 players to training every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Hopefully other young players can follow in the likes of Lucy Stewarts footsteps and progress to the senior ladies side this season.

14 man Oban defeat Carrick!

BT WEST DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2016

OBAN LORNE 17-15 CARRICK

Oban Lorne welcomed familiar visitors Carrick RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday hoping to build on last week’s convincing 47-7 win over Helensburgh. The two teams have faced each other on numerous occasions over the past few seasons in league and shield duty. The Greenmachine were hoping to make amends n Saturday for two heavy defeats to Carrick last season.

The home side had a strong squad for the game but were dealt a blow pre match with Andy MacDougall pulling out due to injury and Richard MacKay being unable to get to the game after his car suffering a breakdown.

Steven Povey started in MacKays absence in the back row while there was a debut for second row Deivid Petrov in place for Andy MacDougall.

Carrick made the better start to the game and were ahead with the first try of the game after only a few minutes of play to lead 7-0. Oban were struggling early on to cope with Carrick’s more mobile pack and were falling foul of the referee’s whistle by giving away too many penalties at the breakdown.

With their first notable possession of the game Oban stormed into the Carrick half pressurising the away side. Eventually the hosts were awarded a kickable penalty that was comfortably slotted over to narrow the score to 7-3.

Carrick regained possession from the kick off and were looking dangerous in the Oban half. Just as the Oban defence won their ball back being awarded put in at a scrum, they team were dealt a huge blow. Number 8 Cammy Smith picked and went from the resulting scrum but badly twisted his knee in the following tackle. Smith was replaced by Connor Ferris meaning player/ coach Corrie Louw moved into number 8.

Oban’s head were down at this point and the team were getting nowhere with the referee by continually giving away penalties at the breakdown or for being offside. Carrick took advantage of this by scoring a close range try after a sustained period of pressure to lead 12-3.

The hosts improved following this score with some powerful runs from the likes of Steven Povey, Jack Baxter and Tommy Sutherland allowing Finlay Carmichael to release his dangerous backline.

Oban hit back with another penalty from Carmichael taking the score to 12-6 before storming back in the Carrick 22 for another period of promising attacking play.

With advantage being played, Prop Connor Ferris showed of his past fullback skills by chipping over the defence where an onrushing Calum MacLachlan almost scored Oban’s first try of the day. Oban were called back by the referee and Carmichael again slotted over the penalty to bring the score back to 12-9 and take the hosts right back into the match.

Carrick though had other ideas and again looked dangerous with the ball in hand securing possession close to the Oban line. Oban’s poor discipline creeped back in aiding the visitors in their efforts.

The most notable event of the match took place on 30 minutes as Oban looked to have cleared their lines. Oban Centre Dave McCabe was called over by the referee and was sinbinned for being offside in the previous play which was fair considering the high number of penalties given away previously. McCabe however was then shown a second yellow card and a resulting red card for reasons still unclear to everyone apart from McCabe and the referee.

A stunned Oban Lorne were now 15-9 down after the Carrick kicking over the resulting penalty but were now forced to play the rest of the match with only 14 men.

The whole Oban team knew they had to up their individual effort levels if they had a chance of staying in the game. This looked to be the case as Oban made a comfortable start to the second half and could have narrowed the gap if a Carmichael penalty did not hit the bar bouncing back into play.

Carrick were failing to make their numerical advantage count and were looking a little shaky with the ball in hand electing to kick at the Oban back three rather than breaking down the defence.

On 50 minutes Oban found themselves with a 5 metre scrum after forcing the visitors back to their line after a succession of penalties. Oban were now looking on top despite being a man short and the momentum of the game including the referees whistle was now in their favour.

Two successive scrums were brought down by Carrick resulting in one of their props being sinbinned. Oban elected for the scrum again and after a few phases of ‘pick and go’s’ Prop Tommy Sutherland crashed over the line for Oban’s only try of the game much to the delight of the now noisy support. Carmichaels kick narrowly missed but Oban were now full of confidence and were right back in the game trailing by only one point, 14-15

With 10 minutes remaining Oban captain Craig Wright broke free from a powerful run within his own half. Right darted through the Carrick defence and was unlucky not to score being taken down metres from the tryline. After just returning to 15 men Carrick had another player sinbinned after a foul at the following ruck preventing Oban an attack at the line.

Finlay Carmichael put Oban ahead for the first time in the game with another penalty taking the score to 17-15 in Oban’s favour with only 8 minutes remaining.

Carrick threw everything at Oban in the remaining minutes but could not get past a stubborn, although tiring defence. The visitors setup a nervous finish to the game by winning a penalty in their own half and electing to kick for the corner. Fortunately for Oban the ambitious kick sailed too far and went out past the tryline. This was the last play of the game as the referee blew the fulltime whistle much to the jot of the Oban Lorne team and supporters.

The Greenmachine were left delighted taking a win from a game that seemed to go so much against them in the first half. The players should be very proud of a very hard working performance where their second half showing more than merited a narrow win.

Carrick are an impressive team and will still finish high up the table. The Ayrshire side though seemed to play within themselves in the second half and lost confidence as the match wore on.

The result lifts Oban Lorne into mid table with a game in hand against the sides around them. The Greenmachine will be hoping to again build on their performance as they travel to face Garnock next Saturday who have so far been performing above expectations this season. Kick off 3pm at Lochshore.

Oban Lorne v Carrick

T. Sutherland, D. Budge, C. Louw, J. Baxter, D. Petrov, S. Povey, L. MacLachlan, C. Smith, V. Borisov, F. Carmichael, A. Franzo, D. McCabe, C. Wright ©, C. MacLachlan, I. Rhys Roberts

C.Ferris, A. Johnston, R. Maksimov, R. Bertrand

Oban players attend kicking session with Chris Paterson

A mixture of Youth, 1st XV and Ladies players were fortunate to attend at specialist kicking sessions delivered by Scotland legend Chris Paterson at BT Murrayfield last Friday.

The session arranged by Oban Lorne RFC committee member Tommy Sutherland was setup to help Oban centre Alessandro Franzo with his University studies but also acted as a fantastic opportunity for some of the clubs players to be exposed to a top level coach.

The players invited by Oban Lorne RFC to attend the sessions were as follows;

Blair MacFarlane, Oban U13s, Angus Neil, Oban U16s, Ben MacFarlane Barrow & Andrew Ritchie, Oban U18s, Alessandro Franzo, Steven Parr & Calum MacLachlan, Oban Lorne 1st XV and Ellie MacNiven, Oban Lorne Ladies.

Oban Lorne RFC would like to thank both Chris Paterson and Scottish Rugby with their help in organising a fantastic day for the players!

Greenmachine triumph in Argyll derby!

BT WEST DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2016

HELENSBURGH 7-47 OBAN LORNE

The Greenmachine arrived at a sunny Ardencaple in Helensburgh in a confident mood, Coach Louw asking all but 1 question of the boys during the warm up, not the calls, or line out codes, but who do you play for? A question that every player answered, not only verbally but between the white lines also. This was to be a make or break game for the season ahead down to the poor start to the campaign.

The team saw an array of changes from the previous week, with Player/Coach Corrie Louw starting at loose head, Donald Budge in at hooker in place of the absent Robin MacQueen. Another change saw Richard McKay in the back row along with Cameron Smith, replacing Struan Smith and Vladi Mihov respectively. The back line saw the return of Finlay Carmichael in place of Iwan Rhys Roberts, a first start for flying winger Aleksejs Maslakovics, and a return for the first time this season for veteran flyer David Mclaughlin.

The game started with a Helensburgh kick off, after a few phases Carmichael opted to kick long, Helensnburgh retained possession and on around the 5-minute mark there outside centre made a break in the midfield. Good scramble defence and a turn over saw this attack thwarted but the midfield battle looked like it was going to be a fascinating one. Two minutes later saw scrum half Vasil Borisow make a great dart from the ruck, a Helensburgh defender only just catching him and dragging him to the floor. Both teams were having a go!

Ten minutes in saw a break from cumbersome full back Calum MacLachlan to take Oban deep into the Helensburgh half, after a few phases of quick ball a knock on from Dave McCabe saw a scrum awarded to Helensburgh. The resulting scrum saw Burgh pushed back off their own ball and a penalty awarded to Oban, invaluable work from the tight five. A kick to the corner saw Oban win their line out and a break from centre David McCabe saw a lose offload giving Helensburgh the opportunity to clear their lines which they did, Oban were now back on their 10 meter line.

Thirteen minutes in Oban were awarded a penalty for a Helensburgh player offside, Captain Craig Wright opting for the corner and the kick finding the edge of the 22. From the line out Oban set up a solid drive that saw them enter the Helensburgh 22. A back line move saw the centres hit it up in midfield, a quick ruck and a break from second row Andrew MacDougall probably provided the most comical moment of the match. After ignoring the close support he opted to throw a 30 meter pass to the wing….. only to find out the player on the wing was a Helensburgh one! A good giggle for spectators but another sign that Oban were taking control in the match.

Fortunately for Mr MacDougall the Burgh winger knocked the ball on and a scrum was awarded for Oban 10 meters out, another huge scrum for Oban saw the home team collapse it but No.8 Cameron Smith proving yet again that nothing can stop him that close to the line after bumping off two tacklers and dotting down, Oban had scored their first try in over 100 minutes of rugby.

The next score of the game came from the boot of Carmichael shortly followed up by another try by Cameron Smith. A knock on from Helensburgh saw Oban awarded a scrum 5 meters out, a superb kick to touch from centre Dave McCabe was the catalyst for the next Oban score, his kick finding the Burgh 5 meter line. Good disruption at the line out saw Oban awarded a scrum for a knock on another try followed Lorne MacLachlan touching down. conversion wide and the half time whistle from referee Willie Malone saw Oban leading 20-7.

More of the same the message from Coach Corrie Louw, who used all three of his available substitutes at half time, David McLaughlin making his first appearance this season.

The turn of the half saw no let up from Oban who ran in a further three tries, the first the icing on the cake for Cameron Smith who completed his hat-trick. The second then came from a quick dash from stand-off Finlay Carmichael who stood up the full back and played in No.12 David McCabe for a try under the posts. Lorne MacLachlan scoring the 3rd off the back of an uncontested scrum from a pass from Steven Povey after bumping off 2 tacklers. Carmichael adding all 3 kicks, and a further 2 conversions taking the final score to 47-7.

This win was a huge relief to the men in green who have been frustrated with their efforts so far this season. Even more pleasing was the fact that Oban were beaten by a similar scoreline by Helensburgh at the end of last season.

Things look like they have finally clicked for the Greenmachine!

Further evidence of Oban Lorne’s progress will hopefully be seen this Saturday as Oban entertain third placed Carrick RFC at Glencruitten. Meetings between the teams have been physical affairs over the past few years and this promises to be another entertaining match. Kick off 3pm at Glencruitten.

Man of the match: Richard McKay

Isle of Mull 48-0 Argyll & Bute

BT WEST DIVISION 4

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER

ISLE OF MULL 48-0 ARGYLL & BUTE

Used with permission from Isle of Mull RFC….

In what was dubbed ‘the battle of North Argyll’, Mull played some of their best rugby of the season so far against local rivals Argyll RFC – the casualty count was high however. Both weather and pitch conditions were nearly perfect as a good crowd waited in anticipation of the neighbours first meeting of the season. Argyll and Bute had interestingly overtaken Mull in the league after their win against Hyndland the previous week, and must have sailed across the Sound with high hopes. The home team fielded a strong squad, welcoming Hamish Cumming to the front row for his debut. Meanwhile, the back line saw the return of Tobermory’s Douglas Swinbanks, who was to have a decisive influence throughout the afternoon. Within the first 30 seconds of the kick off, former club captain and talismanic back row Alex Craig seriously injured his ankle in a collision. He was substituted, and later flown off the island for treatment. This unlucky start unfortunately became one of the themes of the match, with quite a few serious injuries occurring on both sides – not through malice it must be stressed however. Mull picked themselves up and made a strong start. They were rewarded when veteran James Gibbons opened the scoring after 10 minutes, getting to the line and scoring after a dummy. Shortly after, some great interpassing between the islanders saw Angus MacLeannan from Aros score after being set up by Sean Black. Mull were 10-0 up after 20 minutes. A contender for try of the season was next – a great break from Sean Black with some quality offloading allowing Stuart Crichton in. An Andrew MacLeanan conversion made it 17-0. Just before half time the Muileachs earned their bonus point – a break from Stuart Crichton allowed Craig O’Donnell to get on the score sheet. It has to be said that Mull’s style of free-flowing rugby was greatly encouraged by the excellent performance by referee Davie Jamieson; he controlled all aspects of the game but still allowed the play to flow. Mull’s form continued in the second half as Angus MacLeannan bagged another try, and Stuart Crichton got his hat trick. The score was now 41-0 against a now 14-man Argyll, who were still putting up a valiant defence. The first aiders on duty were again kept busy as debutante Hamish Cumming was helped off with a serious hip injury, later having to attend the hospital in Oban. Meanwhile several Argyll players were injured on the pitch, receiving treatment simultaneously. Mull’s final try came from a MacLennan brother’s double act, Andrew both scoring and converting. With yet another serious injury for Argyll and yet another visit from the ambulance, the referee wisely decided to blow the whistle 15 minutes early. The final score was 48-0. Praise has to be given to the Red Cross team, Ambulance crew and off-duty first responder for their professionalism in dealing with all of the incidents The win now raises the boys in black and white to 3rd place in the league. Club Captain Craig O’Donnell said ‘it was an absolutely terrific result for Mull Rugby and great to see the team back at their best. On behalf of the team, I’d like to wish a speedy recovery for everyone with serious injuries and looking forward to the return match in 2 weeks time’. Mull face Argyll again in their next match, in Oban on the 22nd of October in what is sure to be an intriguing encounter.

Argyll & Bute are back in action next Saturday with an away trip to League leaders Lanark RFC

Rugby this weekend – the Battle of Argyll!

RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2016

THE BATTLE OF ARGYLL

This Saturday sees both of our senior sides, Oban Lorne RFC and Argyll & Bute RFC up against local opposition in the form of friendly rivals and geographical neighbours Helensburgh RFC and Isle of Mull RFC

BT WEST DIVISION 1       HELENSBURGH V OBAN LORNE

Saturdays meeting will be must win for both sides after a disappointing start to the season. Both Helensburgh and Oban Lorne have only won once each this season and find themselves in the lower reaches of the Division 1 table.

The Greenmachine have been very frustrated in their efforts so far this season with games being lost on narrow margins. The general feeling within the squad is that things have not clicked together within the team yet. When this happens there is no doubt the team will climb the table and hopefully challenge for the top half.

Helensburgh will provide a tough test under coach Adam Hart and will equally be trying to record a much needed win.

BT WEST DIVISION 4       ISLE OF MULL v ARGYLL & BUTE

The battle for North Argyll will take place at the picturesque Garmony on the Isle of Mull this Saturday. Argyll will be hoping to build on last weekends win over Hyndland and should have a fairly string squad available for the game.

Despite only having won once this season have been playing well and turning out a healthy squad each week. The Muileachs have been a changed side since Fergus Whyte’s introduction as head coach at the start of last season. Hopefully the game will be a great advert for rugby in Argyll with a number of players who have come through school in Oban and Tobermory featuring for either side.

OBAN LORNE LADIES

Oban Lorne Ladies have no game this weekend and have a welcome rest after their recent outings this season. The Ladies team are back in league action next Sunday with a long trip to Annan.

OBAN U18s P-P GLASGOW HAWKS

Saturdays home game against Glasgow Hawks is off as the opposition cannot raise a team. Hopefully the game can be rearranged for a later date.

U16, U14 & U13

No games this weekend due to school holidays!

 

 

 

Greenmachine fail to score at Annan

BT WEST DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2016

ANNAN 10-0 OBAN LORNE

Oban Lorne travelled to Violetbank to take on Annan RFC in a rematch of the previous seasons shield tie were Annan came out top as narrow winners. This was to be the first league meeting between the two sides for several seasons.

Determined to make amends on the previous result Oban named a strong side with Struan Smith and Lorne MacLachlan returning in the back row, Dave McCabe returning at inside centre and Alessandro Franzo starting on the wing in place of Calum MacLachlan.

The match started at a frantic pace with a lot of scrappy kicks, offloads and passes. Annan having the better of the possession and the better of the penalty count. An Oban offence at the ruck gifted Annan a shot at goal, the resulting kick sailing wide and a let off for Oban.

Annan started to build on good territorial kicking from there fly half pinning the Oban wings back and forcing the Green Machine to play from deep in their own half. A series off carries aided by poor tackling in the Oban defence resulted in the first score of the match after a quick pick and go from the Annan tighthead Oban were now behind 5-0 and the conversion was successful taking the score to 7-0.

The first half Annan were definitely the better side, spreading the ball well and kicking good territory. Oban definitely had the better of the Annan pack in the scrums but did not capitalize on this enough.

The second half started fast and franticly, with second row Jack Baxter, Oban’s most consistent player this season by a long way, making a break down the right flank of Annan’s defence and gaining considerable yards. This seemed to lift Oban hugely and Annan were now under pressure.

A Penalty 5 meters out saw Oban opt for the scrum, a huge shove saw the ball spit out the Annan scrum and Vasil Borisow dived onto the ball over the line. Try disallowed and a reset scrum was the decision from the man with the whistle.

Further pressure continued from Oban who didn’t let Annan into the game for the first 20-30 minutes of the second half, another big scrum in the Annan 22 saw Struan Smith outstretched and downing the ball on the Annan try line. Disallowed again, double movement the decision.

On Annan’s first visit to the Oban half they were awarded a penalty for an Oban player sealing off, they opted for posts and again Oban were let off the hook with the kick sailing wide. With 10 minutes to go Annan were back in the game and spreading the ball wide again, a break into the 22 saw them awarded another penalty at the breakdown with the Annan fly half scoring the penalty taking the score to 10-0 to the home side.

Annan turned Oban over in there 22 and threw the ball wide and there winger kicked the ball out to bring the game to an end.

Another frustrating performance for Coach Louw to look at, with the work rate in general being highlighted as a major issue.

The result leaves Oban Lorne 9th in the league only above winless Irvine RFC. Oban Lorne must secure a win against fellow strugglers and Argyll rivals Helensburgh RFC next Saturday if the team have any aspirations of climbing up the league table.

Kick off next Saturday is 3pm at Ardencaple, Helensburgh

Argyll & Bute 46-29 Hyndland

BT WEST DIVISION 4

SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2016

ARGYLL & BUTE 46-29 HYNDLAND

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Argyll & Bute RFC welcomed Hyndland to Glencruitten on Saturday for the first game between the two sides this season. Argyll had beaten the visitor’s home and away last season but knew they would be in for a tough test today.

The home side boasted a squad of 19 players, frustratingly however after last week’s call off at Cowal due to a lack of numbers. Players returning to the squad included Allan Wright, Darren Miller, Travis Smith, and Islay’s Anthony Bowman.

Argyll made a great start to the game and scored straight from the kick off. An offload by Mid Argyll’s Mark Charlton found scrum half Allan Wright who raced clear from the halfway line to touch down under the posts. Steven Parrs conversion gave a 7-0 lead with only seconds of the game being played.

This was not a sign of what was to come as the visitors would make the home side work hard throughout the game. Hyndland took possession of the ball and were looking dangerous with some strong runners in the backline. They levelled the score to 7-7 after 5 minutes when some extremely poor tackling in the Argyll backline let the Hyndland inside centre in for a try.

Argyll regrouped from this and dominated the play in the Hyndland half. A combination of poor discipline at the breakdown and a lack of firepower due to uncontested scrums meant that Argyll were struggling to get on the front foot and create any meaningful scoring chances. The hosts regained the lead with Steven Parr penalty, 10-7.

Hyndland though had other ideas of how the game was to go and scored two tries in a five minute period to lead 17-10. The visitors however did not have to work hard for their scores, again due to some woeful tackling along the Argyll backline.

The hosts knew they were not playing well and would have to up their efforts particularly in defence to get anything out of the match. Injuries within the Argyll team meant that utility back, Gin Tas entered the field in what would be a memorable game for the Lithuanian.

Just before halftime a Hyndland clearing kick was gathered by the replacement Gin Tas inside his own half. The payer then went on a storming run down the touchline, weaving his way through the defence to touch down under the posts. Another conversion from Parr tied the scores at 17-17 at the break.

Like the first half Argyll made the best start to the second and scored a try within the first five minutes. Daniel Brodericked picked and went blind from the uncontested scrum before offloading to replacement winger Eba Mecauskas who touched down in the corner. A great conversion extended the score to 24-17.

From the resulting kick off came the best score of the day. Islay’s Anthony Bowman caught the ball in his own 22 and very cleverly kicked over the top of the on rushing Hyndland pack. Bowman’s pace let him reach the ball before anyone else where he gathered it on one hand by the halfway line and raced clear to score a fantastic try.

This great individual effort brought the score to 31-17 with Argyll hungry to press on.

Despite Argyll going a couple of tries ahead much credit must go to Hyndland who kept fighting in the game. The visitors were at times even down to as low as 13 players due to a lack of subs and injuries.

Again some poor tackling let Hyndland in for another soft score to narrow the margin to 31-22. Argyll though with a numerical advantage were dominating most of the attacking play and looed dangerous every time they moved forward with the ball.

Now playing at stand off for the injured Steven Parr, Gin Tas capped off an impressive afternoon with two further tries taking his total to four for the afternoon as Argyll raced 46-22 ahead.

Hyndland though refused to give up and scored a deserved consolation giving a final score of 46-29 in an entertaining game.

Despite the win Argyll knew that it was by all means not a complete performance with much work needed in defence. The attacking play of the team was encouraging throughout the game with seven good tries scored.

Argyll must step up their overall performance next weekend as they travel to face neighbours Isle of Mull RFC next Saturday. Mull have been unlucky not to have won the majority of their opening five matches and will provide Argyll with their toughest test of the season so far.

Kick off is 3pm at Garmony (TBC)

Argyll & Bute

Darren Miller, Craig McGuire, Mark Charlton, Kyle Graham, Jonathan Sayer, David Petrov, Neil Rimmer, Daniel Broderick, Allan Wright, Steven Parr, Alexandre Jobin, Daniel Hoey, Lewis MacFarlane, Roddy Morrison (Captian), Anthony Bowman.

Travis Smith, Eba Mescauskas, Gin Tas, Ruairidh Lister Campbell