2s at Inverleith (Jan 18)

Reds 2s Revert to Plan B and Grind Out Win 16

Inverleith  8 – 33  Linlithgow 2s

Saturday 20 January 2018

On a day when most matches had been cancelled due to snow and ice the decision to switch and forfeit the home advantage proved worth while as Edinburgh was relatively free from snow. So the game was on!!!!

The Reds had a strong team and hoped it would be a good game at Arboretum, as in the previous fixture the Reds had run away with the result against a poor Inverleith side. This time the Inverleith team had strengthened their side as their firsts had no game so the instructions to Kevin Wilson, the Reds stand off, and the rest of the Reds team was to keep the ball down the park and play an initial cautious game to keep the score board ticking over.

This proved to be the case as the Reds worked hard with Ally Walker offering himself as the go to man time and time again. Gus McNab, Connall Black and the rest of the pack supported him well with the result that a constant stream of penalties were awarded against Inverleith as they attempted to get out of their 22 and play up the slope.

Kevin Wilson was on fire with his boot and slotted four penalties in the first half to leave the score 12 0 at half time.

The game started briskly after half time with the Reds playing uphill defending the narrow lead. The forwards and backs worked well and made their way into the Inverleith 22. From a set scrum the ball was won cleanly and Peter Miller passed to the standoff Kevin Wilson. Ally Walker ran a dummy line from centre and James Timlin the other centre cut through to score  very nice try. This was converted by Kevin Wilson. Score 19 3 to the Reds.

Inverleith scored a try after a couple of mistakes by the Reds 19 -8

The next try showed how Rory McAdam can play, where he carried the ball well then decided to kick when running was better, his great tackle on the full back who had caught his kick and then subsequently knocked the ball on as Rory tackled him for Bruno Mochrie to pick up the spilled ball up and break through for a score. Converted by Kevin Wilson  26  8

Pressure by the Reds resulted in Drew Sommerville breaking through from a line out ball to score the final converted try of the afternoon to leave the score 33-8 to Linlithgow.

Peebles at home next week and the Seconds keep winning.

Match photos courtesy of Graham Black