Carrick hosted Strathaven last Saturday at Maybole. Their players must have travelled with some trepidation as they were hammered by 136 points to 5 earlier in the season.
Carrick travelled to Dunblane, last Saturday to take on the difficult challenge of McLaren. With the Appeals Panel of the SRU overturning the points deduction imposed on Oban for a non fulfilment of a fixture. Carrick now find themselves out of the promotion spot and two points behind Oban.
Ten try blitz It would not have been a surprise this month if the old gentleman wandering around Maybole, dressed in middle eastern clothes, carrying planks of wood was called Noah.
It was raw and not braw and that was just the weather but that description could have easily applied to the game. It was a battle between the top two as Oban had dropped a place having had three points deduction for failing to fulfil a fixture in December.
Carrick returned to competitive rugby last Saturday having had no games since mid December. They were the visitors at Fintry through which the river Endrick flows. Strathendrick rugby is not having their best season and is struggling at the foot of West 2. They were demolished at Maybole at the start of the season but obviously, after Saturday’s performance, have regrouped.
When all sensible people should have been sitting close to a blazing fire thirty odd souls, a referee and a few supporters braved the wind and rain for the league clash, or was that splash, between the hosts Clydebank and visitors Carrick.
It was always likely to be a forward’s battle and Saturday’s wet underfoot condition ensured that it was. It was conditions that more suited Oban’s powerful and effective pack.