2s at StewMel (Apr17)

Another Fine Away Win for Reds 2s

Stewarts Melville 3s  7 – 43  Linlithgow 2s

Saturday 01 April 2017

The Reds 2s completed their excellent league season with a fine away win in Edinburgh at Inverleith against Stewarts Melville 3s. Team manager, Des Martin, was away in Ireland but his charges – a blend of youth and experience – did him proud in his absence.

The Reds 2s had travelled through to Edinburgh a bit short on numbers, but with a strong team, albeit a number of players having to play out of position. The home side had a lot of players and it looked like the Reds where up against it, but to the surprise of Stew Mel it turned out to be one of the Reds’ best games of the season.

The game kicked off 15 mins late due to Stew Mel waiting on players coming over from their 2nds match. It started with Stew Mel kicking to our 22 where they played for 5 mins with little success before Nathan Cochrane cleared the lines up to the half way. A turn-over ball and break from Ally Walker and pass to Ross Oliver then took play close to the StewMel line. The chess master (aka Stuart Gordon) then went over from 5 yards to score his first try of the season with Cammy Walker kicking the conversion (7-0 to the Reds).

From the restart, Stew Mel again parked inside the Reds 22, where the visitors held off attack after attack. Nathan Cochrane then made a good penalty clearance to just shy of the halfway line. A great line-out, then great hand skills and speed led to Drew Somerville going over for the Reds second try, with Cammy Walker again getting the extras (14-0 to Reds).

The Reds then secured the ball from the restart and with good hands and speed throughout the backs took the ball up to the StewMel line, with Andrew Archer going over for the third try. Cammy Walker once again slotted the conversion taking the score to 21-0 for the Reds at half-time. An excellent first half for the Reds.

Ross Oliver, who had run powerfully in the first half, had to come off at half-time with a hamstring problem and he was replaced by the Reds only sub – Lewis McKie.

The Reds started the second half strongly and a good place kick from Nathan, followed by a strong push from 5m out, sent Connall Black over for the fourth and bonus point try. The conversion was missed leaving the score at 26-0 to the Reds.

On the restart, the Reds again exhibited great hand and line speed to get back into the opposition 22 for Callum Forbes, the u18 hooker playing in his first senior match, to claim his first senior try. With the conversion narrowly missed, the Reds now lead 31-0.

From the restart, Stew Mel started well looking to get some points on the board. Using pick and go tactics they dragged in Reds’ defenders and rolled up the park. Sustained pressure in the Reds 22 eventually told and a penalty put them over the white-wash for a try with a good drop goal for the extras (31-7 to the Reds).

Not happy at conceding a try, the Reds were stung into action with renewed vigour. The restart was really strong, going forward and excellent play from Nathan moving the ball well from the forwards to the backs, the ball eventually coming out to Drew Sommerville to go over for his second try of today. Great play from all! Cammy Walker kicked the conversion to make the score 38-7 to the Reds.

With the final restart off the game, and with only 3 minutes to go, the Reds regained the ball with good rucking. Stew Mel looked really frustrated and tired as the Reds played it tight. Nathan Cochrane picked from the back of the ruck and ran into clear space up the left side gaining 20 yards, finally drawing in 2 players, with a great pass out to Ally Walker who went in for the Reds seventh and final try. Well-deserved from Ally Walker who ran beautiful lines all day. The conversion was missed leaving the final score as 43-7 to the Reds, with StewMel well beaten.

The squad nominated both Callum Forbes and Nathan Cochrane as joint men-of-the match for playing with grown maturity. Nathan was playing out of position at scrum half and Callum was playing in his first senior game and scored his first senior try.

Linlithgow 2s

Sam MacAllister; Chris Shanks, Rory McAdam, Ross Oliver, Ally Walker; Cammy Walker, Nathan Cochrane; Stuart Gordon, Callum Forbes, Bradley Lewis; Connall Black, Drew Somerville; Andrew Archer, Lauchlan McCall, Gus McNab (capt).

Sub: Lewis McKie.

Well done lads! Looking really good for next season if we continue to play at this level.