Sunshine on Leith for Reds 2s!
Leith 12 – 17 Linlithgow 2s
Saturday 19 March 2016
A stop gap friendly against Leith proved a challenging task which brought the best out of this young Reds team. The original home game was cancelled so it was Academy Park, Leith that was the destination on a brilliant day for rugby. The early kick off resulted in Big Shug and Mark Caddell unable to make the KO time, so the team started uncontested in the front row which was probably a good thing for the Reds as they were giving away at least ten kilos a man!
The game started brightly for the Reds with good carries by Bradley Lewis, Stuart Young and Connall Black. After one such piece of play by Muzz Murray and the forwards the ball was passed by Connall Black to Ruairdh Aitken who scored the Reds’ first try. (5-0 to the Reds)
Leith decided that they needed to play and use their size which brought out some good tackling by all of the team. Mention must go to Sam McAllister starting his first game at centre who seemed to be relishing the opportunity to tackle as many big men as possible.
However Leith kept coming forward and a combination of infringements resulted in the no. 8 crashing over for a try which was converted. (7-5 to Leith)
The Reds heads did not go down and in the second half continued to create pressure and tackle exceptionally well, Colin McMorrin, Muzz Murray and Drew Sommerville all carrying and tackling with great enthusiasm. The Reds were awarded a penalty on the half way line and Patrick Bennie took off and beat the first line of defence to give the ball to the supporting Stu Young who raced in under the posts. Score given and converted to make the score 12-7 to the Reds.
The Reds continued to play possession and territorial rugby which pinned Leith in their own half. A penalty was conceded by Leith and Robbie Thomson, an ever present in the 2s, was sharp off the mark to tap and go scoring between the posts. This try was converted to make the score 17-7 to the Reds.
Leith were not to be denied another score and despite the valiant tackling the Reds conceded another penalty from which the no. 8 crashed over. This left the final score 17-12 to Linlithgow.
This was a great performance against a very strong Leith team – they had no firsts out on Saturday – so the lads can take great praise from their efforts. The training and the input from the coaches Dougie and Matty is showing with the young players. The coach encouraged them all to continue training and improving for next season as many have potential for higher things.