2s v Watsonian 3s

City Slickers Too Strong for Reds 2s

Linlithgow 2s  0 – 50  Watsonian 3s

Saturday 21 November 2015

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So near, yet so far… Connell Black just short of the line!

Linlithgow 2nd XV took the Mains Park on a nice crisp day ideal for rugby.  The team had been reshaped as we had lost Kenny McKenzie, Bruno Mochrie and Ally Walker to the senior team during the week.  However the manager had a functional team for this reserve league game.

The game started at brisk pace with Watsonians determined to control proceedings.  The Linlithgow team were rocked by the aggressive and slick play of the opposition and conceded 14 points in the first 15 minutes.

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Donald Bennie – a hard man to stop!

However the Reds started to compete with Duncan McClymont and Drew Sommerville tackling well around the base of the loose rucks.  Robbie Thomson was sniping and using his box kicks intelligently and Watsonians were rattled.  However the Reds could not capitalise on the pressure although Hugh Cochrane and Donald Bennie managed to gain ground at close quarters.

Inevitably it seemed Watsonians would turn the ball over and attack down the park.  They had some very agile quick players and scored a few more tries before half time. The score was 40-0 at half time and the manager made some changes as Donald Bennie and Sam McAlister had given a lot and were replaced by Neil Dori Muir and Keiron Faulds.  Later in the second half Bruno Mochrie went on along with his brother Weaner Mochrie and Calum McKeown.  This immediately tightened the defence and the game was played at high tempo with Watsonians hungry for more tries.

2S_W_RAThe Reds tackled well and the defence only let in two tries in the second half, to leave the final score 50-0 for the visitors.

This game underlined the importance of having all the players available every week.  It is really important that all the players play every week if fit and encourage their pals to do the same. The result a better game and score for all. We can only hope.

Match photos courtesy of Graham Black