Reds 2s Turn in Another Fine Performance Against Higher League Opposition
Lasswade 2s 22 – 0 Linlithgow 2s
Saturday 02 September 2017
Once again the Reds 2s took on opposition from a higher league in a friendly match ahead of the opening matches in the BT Reserve Leagues next week. This was another tough test for the young seconds team as this away friendly was against a team where the Firsts had just been promoted to BT National 2 and had recruited heavily in the off season.
The game started at a frantic pace, with Lasswade determined to exert their presence and power on our generally youthful team. However the ex u18s of last year of Callum Forbes, Samuel Buckley, Matt Sommerville and Kieran Cochrane all tackled very well and all again this week merited their starting place in the pack. They were assisted in these early defensive duties by the more mature heads of Cal Thomson, Kenny McKenzie and Stu Jamieson who all worked extremely hard at organising and maintaining the structure.
The Manager had suggested to Robbie Thomson and Gregor Stewart in their half back roles that against a team like this with such large and powerful forwards it would be best if we kept turning them by using a kicking game. Both players did this very well and after many periods of attack, the turnover skills of Kenny McKenzie, Stu Young and the rest of the pack gave the opportunity to kick which kept the Lasswade team out from the try line.
However despite the heroics and hard work from all the team, the Lasswade side scored three tries in the first half and converted one of them to leave the score 17-0 at half time.
The Manager and Captain Stu Jamieson had a chat to the lads at the break and assured them that despite the score they were still in the game and playing well. Some changes were made at half time with Gus McNab, Lauchan McCall, Husan Gurhan Ilter and Stuart Gordon all making appearances and the fresh legs seemed to work. Lasswade were beginning to tire and the attacks were less frequent for which Ross Tulloch and Kieran Cochrane in the centre were very thankful, as they had faced quite a number of strong runs from the burly Lasswade centres.
Indeed after a period of sustained pressure of picking and driving by the forwards, where Stuart Jamieson, Lauchan McCall and Husan Gurhan Ilter all had attempts on the line, Kenny McKenzie was denied a try that other referees might have awarded. It was the theme for the day, a great effort by all but no scores.
Lasswade added a try at the final whistle to leave the final score 22-0.
A good performance again by the Reds’ 2s against this Lasswade seconds team. Let’s get down to training, keep developing our skills, tenacity and fitness which over the season should pay off. There is potential from many in the team to become excellent players but nothing comes without effort.