Good Win for Reds 2s:
Strong Second Half Showing Too Good for Northern
Linlithgow 39 – 19 Edinburgh Northern
Saturday 29 October 2016
There was a big crowd at Mains Park as it was the Former Players and Officals day as well as Firsts and Seconds both being at home. The weather was ideal for rugby and despite the referee warning both the manager and reserve prop about their potential behaviour before the game started everything progressed to plan. Inside the first ten minutes Cammy Walker scored two great individual tries assisted by Bruno Mochrie and “Tandoori” Ruairdh Aitken to give 14 points to the Reds.
Edinburgh Northern then were stung into action and put pressure on the Reds to score two tries which was made easier by slack tackling and indiscipline in the Reds ranks. It looked like the Reds were losing structure and possibly more points if something else was not done. The referee had yellow carded the scrum half Robbie Thomson and spoken sternly to the captain for the day, Pat Bennie, about what he saw as the Reds persistent misdemeanours. Needless to say the home supporters and team were in disagreement with the Refs interpretation.
The Manager spoke sternly to the team at half time warning them about the penalties and assuring them if they played Rugby they would beat the opposition easily. Colin McMorrin moved from second row to centre and Drew Matthews and Gregor Aitchson came on in the forwards. The Reds started pressing more and Cammy Walker slotted a penalty (17-12 to the Reds). Some good back play and a clever chip ahead by James Timlin gave Cammy the chance to score again (22-12).
The forwards were taking a bit more control now and from a line out for Northern, Stuart Young pounced causing mayhem on a loose ball and Drew Sommerville drove over for a try which Cammy Walker converted. (29-12)
Linlithgow were playing with order now and the referee had no cause for complaint so the Reds scored two more tries by Calum McKeown and Rory McAdam converted by Cammy. The final burst by Northern saw them add a converted try to leave the final score 39-19 to the Reds.
Like all sports Rugby is a simple game often made difficult by the people on the park. The lessons for the 2s is that if we play the basics well then victories will follow. However this cannot not be achieved without effort and commitment.