2s v Stewarts Melville 3s (Oct 15)

Exhibition of Running Rugby Under the Lights

Linlithgow 2s  12 – 35  Stewarts Melville 3s

With the Scotland v Samoa scheduled for Saturday afternoon, the 2nd XV decided to move their match to Friday night under the lights at Lower Mains Park.  It turned out to be a still and warm evening and both teams responded to the conditions by playing an exciting and entertaining brand of rugby.

The match started at a cracking pace, with the visitors’ young backs looking to run everything and only resolute defending and excellent cover tackling kept them out.  Only two minutes into the match and the Reds lost second row Conall Black to a knee injury.  The Reds used the stoppage to regroup and from the restart they came more into the match.  However, the visitors were not to be denied and crossed for a fine converted try after 10 minutes.

This seemed to spur the Reds on and after an excellent period of pressure, the Reds shipped the ball out wide, where a fine outside break by centre James Timlin took him through 1 on 1 with the full back, who was then left floundering as Timlin crossed for the unconverted try out wide.

The Reds then took control of the match and were frustrated not to score again before half-time, with the visitors conceding a succession of penalties deep in their own half with ruck infringements.

Half-Time:  Linlithgow 5 – 7 Stewarts Melville

The match was fairly even after the restart, but two converted tries from the visitors midway through the half saw them take a 21-5 lead into the final quarter.  The next ten minutes were critical for the Reds but, try as they might, they couldn’t break through to get back in the game.  The visitors then secured their victory with two tries in three minutes on the half-hour mark to take a 35-7 lead.

The Reds kept playing till the end and with the last play of the game, scored the try of the match.  Starting deep in their own half, the ball was moved right and a superb long pass from the midfield found young Cameron Walker, playing his first match senior match for the Reds, out wide.  His burst of pace took him round the initial defence as he crossed the halfway line.  He then stood up the full back before rounding him at pace to score a great try which was converted by Chris Ronalson with the final kick of the game.

The Reds 1st XV had the weekend off, but travel to Duns next Saturday (17th) for a BT East 1 league match, while the 2s are away at Dalkeith.