U16s Claim Big Scalp as they Beat Stirling County
Stirling County 10 – 27 Linlithgow
Saturday 03 November 2018
The u16s travelled to Wallace HS to play Stirling County ‘A’ on Saturday as Ross High School didn’t have an u16 team. Gathering in the wind and rain with a squad of 18 players they unfortunately lost their captain Callum to a groin injury before during the warm up. The conditions were not to improve during the match which both sides found difficult to deal with.
Once the match was underway, Linlithgow allowed the Stirling boys too much room. This resulted in the home team scoring two tries, one being converted, to take a 12-0 lead after 13 minutes. In this time the Young Reds had their chances but failed to keep possession when going forward. Could they blame the wind and the rain? Not really!
The Young Reds fought back well and crossed the try line twice before half-time, the first try from Ewan, the second from Michael, to close the gap to 10-12 at half-time.
Starting the second half 12-10 down it was important to start well and that’s exactly what the Young Reds achieved and continued throughout the second half. Playing it tight and up the middle off first phase and only spreading it wide after a few hard fought rucks. Gregor started the scoring after two minutes and converted his own try. Two further tries were scored, firstly on 14 minutes from Charlie and finally from Ollie near the end.
This was a great hard fought game but at a cost as Aaron broke his collar bone, Chris came off with soft tissue damage to his shoulder and Callum E going off after a collision resulting in a bleeding mouth. Stirling suffered too as they were running out of subs too, so we agreed to call it short with only 4 minutes to go because of the cold and wet conditions. Well done to the players and parents today in pretty dreadful conditions.
Young Reds v Ross High School
On Saturday, the Young Reds took on Ross High School in the Conference at 4 age grades. There were wins for the unbeaten S1s (30-0) and the S3s (22-17) and a narrow defeat for the U18s (17-21), while the S2s ran in 39 points in a high scoring game (39-56).
The S3 team is pictured above.