Sat 24
Oban Lorne
1st XV
15 Good men and true …

15 Good men and true …

By Iain Calder
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Oban Lorne RFC 53 Cumbernauld RFC 0

During the last Gulf War, a television correspondent, while watching allied airplanes return to base after a desert sortie, was famously heard to say … “they counted them all out and they counted them all back in again”. So it was for Cumbernauld Rugby Club last Saturday when they visited Oban for their latest BT West League 2 encounter. Because of illness and injury Cumbernauld only just managed to pull a team together with 15 players travelling to Oban for a bruising encounter with their high-flying opponents. However those magnificent, brave rugby fusiliers finished the game and left the field after 80 torrid minutes of intense physical pressure with their heads held high and the assurance that their names will remain in high esteem whenever games are reminisced over in the mists of time.
Until they were overpowered in the scrum by a very strong Oban forward pack, who were able to rotate regularly because of the number of replacements available, Cumbernauld’s young pack competed valiantly. This was able demonstrated in the lineout where the Badgers managed to field their own ball on a consistent basis. Alan Durson, Andrew Logan and Nick Richardson competed for every ball in the scrum while Gavin Calder and Ryan Hunter punished every sinew in their support for their front-row colleagues. The Cowie brothers, as ever, gave their all in the back row, ably supported by Ian Hepburn.
Despite playing with a broken bone in his foot, Jordan Reid ran his heart out at scrum half and delivered a hugh supply of quality ball to his wee brother, Andrew at stand-off. The third set of Cumbie brothers, Ruaridh and Brodie Clark at centre, tackled often and ferociously and Zac Davies and Danny Prinn on the wings, were ubiquitous in tackle and cover play. The man-of-the-match award however, must go to veteran Michael “Spike” McDonald who had a magnificent game in terms of tackling, line break and astute tactical kicking, managing to turn defence into attack on a number of occasions. Michael took a nasty head knock just before half time when he tried to repulse another Oban attack, but recovered well to continue his good work in the second half.
This is not to take anything away from the Oban performance, however, as the home team are vying for leadership of Division 2 as well as competing in the final of the West Region Shield on 7 February. As a result most of their players are training on a 4-nights per week basis and this clearly showed in their overall level of fitness and rugby skill. One Oban player in particular caught the eye as he seemed to appear everywhere on the field of play until this correspondent realised that Oban had an identical set of twins playing for them – one twin at back row and the other at inside centre. The game was well handled by referee Colin MacInnes (West of Scotland Rugby Society) who allowed the game to flow and was careful to blow up during dangerous scrummage collapses. Cumbernauld’s thoughts now turn to Saturday when they travel to Uddingston for their next West 2 match and players are again reminded of their training commitment which this week is Tuesday and Thursday at Auchenkilns.
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Sat 24, Jan 2015




Division 2