U18 rugby returned to the calendar for Oban on Saturday with a visit from Dalziel RFC.
The Lanarkshire club travelled with only 12 players and Oban matched that number somewhat disrupting the teams preparations.
The game began with some good physical play but Dalziel soon crossed the line taking advantage of Obans reorganised defensive structure. Before the boys had chance to get a feel for playing with only 12 the opposition crossed the line again and Oban trailed 14-0.
Now Oban got back into the game and some fantastic handling through the forward line was rewarded when Malcolm MacIntyre went over for Obans opening try of the season. This was converted by Logie Johnston and Oban were back in the game. The game was very open given the number of players on each team and the teams traded tries for the remainder of the half. Obans second try coming from Captain Jack Johnston. L Johnston again adding the extras. Half time came with Oban trailing 14-28.
The team had settled now and the backs were coming more into the game and starting to influence play more. A great move started by half backs Neill & Buckley, through both centres Blackley & MacPhail saw forward Logan McKean burst through the Dalziel defence to slide over for the first try of the second half. L Johnston converted again.
Again Dalziel came back with two tries before MacIntyre went over for his second of the day with a great individual try. L Johnston once more adding the extras.
Great defensive work by the back three of Campbell, MacColl & Pagan kept the score down and they showed what can be expected in the coming games.
The game eventually ended 28-52 to the visitors.
Though the result wasn’t what the coaches were hoping for they were very pleased with the display from the Oban team and are confident that the results will come as the team grows.