Reds 2s Too Strong for Inverleith
Walker Brothers in Tune with 5 Tries Between Them!
Inverleith 2s 0 – 60 Linlithgow 2s
Saturday 12 March 2016
The game was away in Edinburgh with a two o’clock kick off to allow time to watch the England v Wales match on the television.
The seconds had a decent squad but Inverleith only had the basics of a team with no front row. This created a bit of a mismatch as there were uncontested scrums from the start, however the coach for Linlithgow felt it was best to keep the original shape of the team by including his two props in the starting fifteen. This meant playing into the wind and uphill that the team were forced to work hard for possession and any mistakes were punished severely with huge gains made by Inverleith by kicking down the park.
Playing uphill encourages off loading and close support play with Sean Hagarty and new man Bradley Lewis taking the ball to the opposition. After a period of such play Ally Walker latched unto the ball and scrambled over the line, 5-0 to the Reds. Steven Grant was carrying the ball well and being supported by James Timlin and Chris Ronalson, who both made good breaks and from one of these forays, Cammy Walker bounced off a few Inverleith players and was awarded a penalty try. 12 -0
The Walker brothers combined well again as the ball went from side to side where big John Pauley popped up at outside centre to give a nice pass to Sam McAlister for another score.
Further pressure from the forwards resulted in a nice line out take and big Shug Cochrane bounced over the line to leave the score 22-0 at half time.
The Reds were now playing downhill with the wind and the coach had replaced Thomson, MacAdam and Ally Walker with Murdoch, Strachan and Faulds all in the backs. The Reds started as they had left off with more tries from Cammy Walker (2), Fraser Rankine, Chris Ronalson and Ally Walker back on in the front row for another one.
The score ended 60-0 to the Reds with everyone happy with their day.
Praise must go to Bradley Lewis on his first senior appearance and the human bowling ball that is Cammy Walker, who scores tries for fun every week.
The Reds have a couple of friendlies left and the first of these is Liberton at home next week so it would be nice to finish on a positive note.
This Reds group has played well this season and are developing into a strong squad as the Orca trainers were busy with more important activities and Gregor Aitcheson was looking for a new watch or diary to improve his timekeeping. Once these issues improve, the team will be a good side with many capable of playing first team rugby.