2s at Forrester

Forrester Subs Too Strong for Flagging Reds

Saturday 07 March 2015

The seconds went to Forrester on Saturday for their last league game of the season. The game started well for the Reds playing with the very strong wind at their backs.  Donald Bennie and Davie Syme the second rows were carrying the ball well and Chris Ronalson was kicking and keeping Forrester pinned in their own half. From one such phase of play the Reds were awarded a penalty which Jeff Martin kicked from forty metres out. (0-3)

The Reds were attempting to squeeze Forrester, but the home team were adept at driving out from defence. Their winger in particular was able to show LRFC backs what gas is about with his pace on the wing and looked dangerous on various occasions meriting close attention from the Reds.

The Team kept working away with the wind and from a particular good piece of good play featuring Donald Bennie, with a good drive, Jeff Martin appeared at scum half to feed Davie Syme who burst through to score below the posts converted by Martin. (0-10 to the Reds).

As is often the case the team relaxed and let Forrester back into their 22.  The attempted clearance did not make touch. The opposition came back strongly and the ball was passed across the backs into the hands of their winger who rounded our defence easily to score a try below the posts which was converted. 7-10 to the Reds as the half time whistle sounded.

The Reds started the second half playing into the wind and although we had made a couple of changes with Hugh Cochrane coming on for Ali Dunlop and Conall Black for Donald Bennie the Forrester team were able to call on more subs as their first team had no game.  This added more structure to the opposition play and using the wind they gradually wore down the Linlithgow team adding a few more scores. The home team ran out easy winners in the end as fatigue and tired legs started to tell.

The seconds this year have put in plenty of effort and at some times played very good rugby in a competitive league.  Still, many of the players don’t achieve their full potential due to the limited commitment that they can make to the team, which is a pity as we could be much better.

Sevens training starts next week for everyone and some of this team will start this now while others will hang up the boots for the season and ponder if they come out again next year.