2s v Haddington (Oct18)

Reds 2s Run Up 50 Points Against Haddington

Linlithgow 2s  50 – 10  Haddington 2s

Saturday 27 October 2018

It was a perfect sunny crisp day at Mains Park and the Reds 2s had a strong squad of 22 players available for this home league clash. Haddington had been struggling this season for player availability, so the Linlithgow Manager was delighted when they appeared with 17 players. The game started with Haddington showing their intent in attacking the Linlithgow midfield and their players, although maybe not as young as Linlithgow’s, knew what to do with ball in hand.

On the Reds’ first foray into the Haddington half, clean ball came to the backs and Jeff Martin at centre put in a delightful cross field kick which was eagerly gathered by Scott Kellock to score the first try. Conversion missed 5-0 to the Reds.

Haddington retaliated and put the Reds under considerable pressure with some astute kicks combined with lazy defending. They ended up on the Linlithgow line, but fortunately the ball was held up. Haddington got a scrum on the 5 metre line from which the big number 8 picked up and stretched despite the despairing defensive tackle to score.  (5-5)

During this period of pressure Hasan Gulam Ilter went down with an injury and was helped off the pitch. We later learn it was an achilles tendon which will result in a fair period of recovery – we all wish him well.  Rearrangements had to be made, so Sam Buckley moved to prop, Drew Sommerville moved to back row and the Chess Master came on into the second row. 

The Reds’ team were beginning to play better rugby now with good carries from both Drew and Matthew Sommerville and Bruno Mochrie asking questions of the Haddington players and defence. Bruno Mochrie supported, sprinted and scored a try from one of his carries from about 30 metres out.  10-5 to the Reds.

There were then some great interplays between forwards and backs with everyone willing to contribute and from one such play Drew Sommerville literally ran over two Haddington defenders to score between the posts. Kevin Wilson converted and the score was 17-5 to the Reds.

From the kick-off Bruno Mochrie, having a great game and glad to be back from offshore work with his feet on dry land, took the ball cleanly and drove forward. The ball was recycled and spun quickly along the backs, Ross Tulloch to James Timlin and Jeff Martin who committed the last man and passed the ball to Muzz Murray who showed a clean pair of heels and scampered looking over his shoulder to score between the posts. Converted by Kevin Wilson 24-5 to the Reds. Ross Tulloch claimed a try before half time to leave the Reds comfortably in front at half time, with Kevin Wilson kicking the conversion (31-5).

Changes at half time resulted in Ross Oliver coming on to the wing and Rory McAdam  at full back and from the first kick-off, Ross showed what a winger is meant to do with a great chase and catch. The ball was passed across the backs but the move was stopped with a forward pass. The Reds stuck to their task with Gus McNab and Sam Buckley working hard in the tight encounters and a great piece of interplay from Kevin Wilson and others resulted in Ross Tulloch scoring another try.  36-5

Rory McAdam scored a good try in support of the backs after the hard work had been done by the forwards and Ross Tulloch claimed his hat-trick and Linlithgow’s 8th try in the final minutes to leave the final score 50-10 for Linlithgow.

Great performance by the Reds against a skilled if maybe unfit Haddington side but the Manager is sure much more is to come from these players, in the coming weeks.  Preston Lodge at home next week – be sure and reply about availability asap.

View photos courtesy of Neil Dori-Muir