Reds 2s Back on Track with Fine Win Against Lasswade
Linlithgow 2s 54 – 17 Lasswade 2s
Saturday 30 March 2019
Report by Des Martin
Despite the best efforts to get this game on a Friday night to avoid the European Cup games, Lasswade felt they would struggle to get a team and so the match was played on Saturday. The game kicked off at Linlithgow at the usual time on a great spring day which was idea for rugby. The Linlithgow team were giving away many stones to a much larger Lasswade team and so the aim was to keep the ball in the backs and run round the outside of the Lasswade defence. The Manager’s only worry was that the Lasswade pack would attempt to control the ball in the forwards and batter our much smaller players.
Within the first 10 minutes the pattern of the game emerged, Linlithgow scored a nice try involving many of the backs when Cammy Walker went over, Jeff Martin missed the conversion from out wide. Lasswade returned the compliment by using their forwards and rumbling over, so the score was 5 points each.
Play moved back to the Lasswade end and a deft kick from Martin gave Lasswade a lineout on their own line. This was overthrown and Andrew Archer who was alert all day pounced to beat the defence and score. Jeff Martin converted 12-5 to the Reds.
Lasswade took advantage of a couple of wrong options where the Reds gave them the ball. Gus McNab went down at this time bravely trying to stop a very large Lassswade player and re injuring the shoulder that had kept him out for a lot of the season. The “Chess Master” Stuart Gordon took his place. Lasswade took advantage of the unsettled pack to score another try. 12 points each.
Immediately from the next KO the Reds pressed and Lasswade backs all made a general hash of defending, the ball popped up to Cammy Walker who scored again with Jeff Martin converting to make it 19-12 to the Reds.
Lasswade kicked off and Stu Young took the ball well, carried forward and Russell Murdoch passed to Ross Oliver, who is a great broken field runner, to go below the posts. Converted by Martin the score was now 26-12 to the Reds.
The Reds scored another nice try where Cal Thomson showed his speed when, supporting inside from a move on the 22, he took the ball on the half way line outsprinted the defence and scored. 33-12 to the Reds.
A lapse of concentration let Lasswade score again from close range the score was now 33-17.
Cammy Walker claimed his hat-trick when he scored from loose play and Andrew Archer got his second with some robust forward aggressive support to bring the score to 47-17 to the Reds. The best was saved to last, when Muzz Murray cut inside from the 22 running a nice line and gracefully dived over to complete the scoring. Jeff Martin converted to leave the final score 54-17 and a satisfied Linlithgow team.
Linlithgow have always found Lasswade 2s a difficult team to play against, with their big pack with lots of experience, and so the result and the performance were all the more pleasing. Praise to Ally Walker who played wing forward all game instead of centre and played well. That’s prop, wing forward and centre now – “Mr Versatility”!
Dinner this Saturday night for all players in the club, can as many 2s turn up as possible please? We have a couple of games left before Easter and it would be good to finish on a high.