Reds 2s Crowned Unbeaten League Champions
– 18 Wins in 18 Games with 800 Points Scored!
Lismore / Portobello 2s 0 – 74 Linlithgow 2s
Saturday 17 February 2018
This final game of the season at Lismore was all that stood between the Linlithgow 2nds being crowned unbeaten champions of this Reserve League. The Reds had a very strong team with the full complement of replacements and Hugh Cochrane, if additional help was required. The MorePort (Lismore Portobello) numbers were bolstered by the fact that Lismore 1sts had called off due to their inability to field a front row in their league game so everything looked positive for a good game of rugby.
The Inch Park in Edinburgh was in excellent condition and the weather was sunny and bright when the game kicked off. Conall Black who has been dominant all season in his role in second row caught the ball from the kick off and laid it off to Colin Devlin who is always keen for work. Robbie Thomson laid in a nice box kick and the Reds were pressing in the first five minutes. The ball was won cleanly from a line out and Kevin Wilson showing great vision chipped the ball which was collected by Cammy Walker. He made great ground towards the line but was caught and the ball was knocked on in the MorePort 22. Pressure was maintained by Stu Young at wing forward and from the next play the ball went out to the centre Ally Walker who bowled over a couple of defenders to score a try near the posts. 5-0 to the Reds.
Bruno Mochrie, who had an excellent match at no.8, then added another try with his rumbustious style, which causes problems for any tacklers as he has great leg strength which he uses to great effect. 10-0 to the Reds.
The team were playing some great rugby with everyone keen to be involved. Forwards like Bruno Mochrie, Duncan McClymont, Sam Buckley and Conall Black were carrying the ball to the opposition which left space for the half backs to play. Kevin Wilson put a nice chip through and Cammy Walker walked up to the ball, collected it, and scored under the posts. Jeff Martin converted to make it 17-0 to the Reds.
The forwards continued to perform and dominate and, from a driving maul, Stu Young nipped round the unmarked blind side to touch down for another try. Jeff Martin converted, to make it 29-0 to the Reds.
Half time and the Manager made some changes, Kev Wilson, Ally Walker and Cammy Walker came off and Fraser Rankine, James Timlin and Rory MacAdam went on in their places, but the pace of the game did not change with Conall and Bruno carrying well. When the ball game out Peter Millar, now at scrum half, made a nice break and James Timlin finished with a try, which Jeff Martin converted to make it 36-0 to the Reds. Not to be outdone, Peter Millar then scored a nice try himself which Jeff Martin converted, 43-0 to the Reds.
Cammy Walker went back on for Guy Sutherland who had only made a cameo performance unfortunately injuring his knee in the first piece of action. Cammy was immediately involved converting his own try after a nice kick ahead by Bruno Mochrie. The score was now 48-0 to the Reds and it soon became a procession of scores to the Reds. Peter Millar showed a predatory ability to pick up two more tries, a hat trick for him, taking the lead out to 60-0.
Well done Reds, “Champions”, and no one can take that away from them having played all our games and earned every point through good performance and effort. Thanks to all who played this season, Alan Dowell for his bagman duties and wine gum supplies, Anthony Timlin for coming as linesman every week and Neil Dori-Muir and Hugh Cochrane for their support and offers of advice and guidance, whether wanted or not! Great team effort!
A wee celebration is planned in the Rugby Club next week before and during the internationals. All who played in this campaign welcome if available. More information will appear in other channels this week.