Reds 2s Beat the Frost to Claim Another Try Bonus Victory
Edinburgh Northern 2s 12 – 34 Linlithgow 2s
Saturday 09 December 2017
This game was on despite the winter chill and frost as Edinburgh can be a couple of degrees warmer than elsewhere at this time of year. The Manager guessed that Edinburgh Northern must have a good side available and really wanted to avenge the previous result at Linlithgow where they had decided after 60 minutes that they were giving up well beaten.
Linlithgow started with Hugh Cochrane at prop standing in for Matt Sommerville and Hasan Ilter Gulam who were battling their way through the traffic on the way to the game. An experimental standoff and centre partnership were making their debuts in these positions for the Reds 2s, but they were ably supported by Cammy Murrie at scrum half and Ally Walker as the other centre.
Playing down the slope the ball was won cleanly by the forwards, Cammy Murrie passed crisply to Gregor Stewart at standoff who sent the debutant centre Mark Caddle over for the first try. 5-0 to the Reds.
The Reds were playing some nice attacking rugby and, from another excellent piece of play that involved Adam Scott (apologies for last week’s misidentification as Kev Wilson), Mayo Herdman and Cal Thomson, Kieran Cochrane was put in for a try. Gregor Stewart converted to give the Reds a 12-0 lead. Gregor Stewart himself then scored try to make it 17-0 to the Reds.
Edinburgh Northern were stung into action and scored a nice try after a succession of infringements by the Reds which gave the opposition easy yards. The standoff and one of the Edinburgh Northern centres were classy runners and if it had not been for the ferocious tackling by all of the Reds during the match, more scores might have been conceded.
Pressure by the Reds in front of the opposition posts resulted in the ball coming to Gregor Stewart who did a number of shimmies and sidesteps, breaking through the Northern defence to offload to Mayo Herdman who scored between the posts. The try was converted by Stewart and the Reds turned round at half time 24-7 in the lead ready to play up the hill in the second half.
The Manager insisted at half time that we should play rugby in the opposition 22 and that if they were awarded penalties the Reds were to kick the ball up the line to gain territory. The Reds were winning their own and stealing some of the home side’s line-outs easily with Cal Thomson and Kieran Cochrane to the fore. From a penalty to the Reds, the ball was put into the corner and Kieran Cochrane took the line-out ball cleanly at the front from Dev Devlin the hooker. The Reds drove forward and PJ Singleton sneaked round the blind side and crashed over – nice score and the Reds lead was increased to 29-7.
There was a spate of penalties awarded against the Reds for not releasing and for high tackles and the referee eventually lost patience with the Reds and Cammy Murrie suffered by being sent to the bin for ten minutes. Showing fairness and consistency, a few minutes later the referee also yellow carded an Edinburgh Northern player for a similar repeat offence. During the period when the Reds were down to 14 men, Edinburgh Northern scored again when the Reds were found wanting in the back line for numbers. However the Reds went straight back up the field and after sustained pressure Stu Young crashed over for a fine try. This left the final score Linlithgow 34 Edinburgh Northern 12.
Another fine win for the Reds – thanks to the Referee who was fair and consistent to all and to Edinburgh Northern this time who gave us a good game.
Next weekend the 2s have a break, while the Reds first string returns to league action with an away match in Berwick.