Strong Second Half Performance Blows Northern Away
Linlithgow 2s 34 – 7 Edinburgh Northern 2s
Saturday 23 January 2016
Linlithgow 2s entertained Edinburgh Northern 2s at Mains Park, with the players looking to balance the books after a poor display at Edinburgh Northern earlier in the season. The Reds had a strong team with only three of the regular squad unavailable through work and injury.
The Reds started brightly with Colin McMorrin replacing Gus McNab and adapting to his role in the pack by tackling well and carrying strongly. John Strachan moved into standoff to replace the injured James Timlin so the team in theory was not disadvantaged. The forwards were working hard, however they struggled to make much headway against much larger and more street-wise Edinburgh Northern forwards.
From a scrum and a good run by Sam McAllister on the wing the referee awarded a penalty for a high tackle. The Reds put the ball into the corner and from the ensuing line out and drive forward towards the line, Rory McAdam the full back was credited with the score. (5-0 to the Reds)
This stung Northern into action and a succession of needless penalties allowed Northern to get within striking distance of the line. The Reds defended well for a period but eventually, with a man in the sin bin, and some decisions going against them the Reds line was breached and Northern converted to take the lead.
Half-time: Linlithgow 2s 5 – 7 Edinburgh Northern 2s
The half time whistle gave some relief and the coaches Des Martin and Scott Watson gave the team some words of advice, to remain calm, stop questioning the referee, and play the game. The coach also made a couple of substitutions. This seemed to work well as we started to play more rugby and Ally Walker took a quick penalty and powered over the line to score. (12-7 to the Reds)
The team started to run the opposition round the park and Rory McAdam who was on fire took a short pass from “Kenny” Dalgeish to score his second try. (17-7 to Reds)
A succession of good scores from Colin McMorrin, Cammy Dori-Muir, Euan “Kenny” Dalgeish and Sam McAllister left the score 34-7 to the Reds – a good result for the club.
With 14 out of 18 games played, the Reds currently sit fourth in the league with 8 league wins.
Match Photos courtesy of Michael Nesbitt