Reds 2s Win Friendly at Tranent
Ross High 2nd XV 0 – 71 Linlithgow 2nd XV
Saturday 21 September 2019
The Linlithgow team travelled to Tranent for this hastily arranged friendly confirmed on Friday night after their league opponents, Kelso A, called off being unable to field a team. The weather was great with the temperatures into the 20s, so the Manager was aware of the need for plenty of fluids during the game. The match kicked off with the Reds playing uphill on the Second’s pitch which has a good slope and is less than 60 metres wide.
The team had discussed the pitch size before kick off and the back line and forwards were aware that there would be little room to work in as players would be very close to each other. Ross High had a large and experienced centre who they were going to use in the tight confines around the ruck maul and scrum.
The game started well with Linlithgow showing some good skills and forwards and backs linking well. However it often broke down and it was at least 15 minutes in before Bastien Chavagneux linked well with the other second row Neil Lockhart to make good ground. The ball came back to Robbie Thomson who passed to Jeff Martin and then to Ross Oliver who cut inside was tackled and offloaded to Martin who scored and converted his own try. 7-0 to the Reds.
Good carries by Ally Walker and a nice box kick by Robbie Thomson resulted in Cammy Walker claiming the first of his 4 tries. Jeff Martin missed the conversion and the score was 12-0 to the Reds. Ross Oliver, looking keen to score added two tries in quick succession after carries by Neil Lockhart and Aaron Flucker, one which was converted by Jeff Martin (score 26-0 to the Reds). Cammy Walker added two more scores before half time and the score was 36-0 to the Reds at the break.
Ross High had by now had a spate of injuries and fatigue was setting in as they were chasing the Reds players with little effect so they asked if the Reds would reduce our team to 14-a-side which we did. This did not stop the scoring and Aaron Flucker picked up the ball from the base of a loose ruck inside the 22 and scored, converted by Russell Murdoch. (43-0 to the Reds). Cammy Walker scored again and converted his own try (50-0 to the Reds). Russell Murdoch, Stevie Grant and Euan Muzz Murray all added scores to bring the score up to 71 points for the Reds.
The Manager suggested that little was to be gained from continuing with the match as Ross High were down to 13 men of their own and with Adam Scott helping were still being well beaten. The referee agreed and called time early and most were happy. A big thanks to Ross High for sticking to their task and giving us a game when others were unable to. Well done the Twa’s!