2s at Forrester (Mar 20)

Reds 2s Run in 11 Tries in Fine Away Win

Forrester 2s  0 – 71  Linlithgow 2s

Saturday 07 March 2020

Report by Des Martin

It was a big weekend for rugby at the club as Linlithgow were playing Duns away with the Firsts, while the Seconds were playing old enemies Forresters and the Club were playing a French team Plaisir before everyone watched the Scotland against France match on the Sunday.  

It was a dry but very windy day when the Linlithgow team took the 3G pitch at the Queensferry Sports Hub for this Forresters’ “home” game.  The Captain, Andrew Archer, selected to play into the crosswind in the first half  a decision supported by the Manager which was soon justified when the forwards won the ball from the kick off and the backs passed the ball quickly across the park to Cammy Walker who still had plenty to do but was enjoying the space on the astro full sized pitch. He chipped the ball past the winger and full backand beat them easily to collect the ball and score a nice try. The omens were set for Forrester, as this fast hard dry pitch was not going to suit their limited game plan of carrying the ball in the forwards and attacking close to the rucks and mauls. Any loss of possession had the potential to be turned in to attacking opportunities. Cammy Walker scored his second shortly after by again spreading the ball wide and rounding the winger to score a try, which he himself converted. (12-0 to the Reds)

Rab Cairns, making his first appearance of the season, showed he still had a bit of pace in those legs when he made a break and sprinted from half way to score, (19-0). Rab Cairns, enjoying the run out, added another try soon after 24-0 to the Reds. Cammy Walker added his third try before half time and Andrew Archer strolled over from a penalty to make the score 38-0 at half time.

The Reds now had the wind at their backs and a cushion of scores for the second half. They were enjoying a great vocal support from the French visitors Plaisir who were enjoying a tipple and some cooked meat on the side lines. The Manager knew that with good control a few more scores could be added and that the Forresters would not have the legs to run 70 metres and score into the wind.

The Reds stuck to the task with Matty Fairbanks, Matty Sommerville, Don Bennie and Stu Somervail all tackling, driving, rucking and catching the ball extremely well. This in turn set up many phases of loose play and from one such forward display, Rab Cairns rounded the whole defence and scored his third try, 43-0 and more to come as Cammy Walker passed (yes passed!) and Cal Thomson always in support scored.

Cammy Murrie scored one from his centre position and Andrew Archer scored his second and Matty Fairbanks was on the end of a Rory McAdam bouncing bomb to finish off the scoring for the Reds.  The referee, who officiated very fairly, said the score was 71-0 to the Reds with 11 tries and 8 conversions – a total haul of 31 points for Cammy Walker, with 3 tries and 8 conversions!

A good result in the league and a nice way to beat Forresters with good open running rugby.  A week off again next week and then Preston Lodge at home, hopefully!

Linlithgow

Rory McAdam; Lewis Herdman, Cammy Murrie, Cal Thomson, Cammy Walker; Rab Cairns, Robbie Thomson; Calum McKeown, Stu Young, Matty Sommerville; Duncan McClymont, Donald Bennie; Andrew Archer (captain), Stuart Somervail and Matty Fairbanks.

Emergency sub (not required) – Ally Walker.