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Reds v Haddington (Jan19)

Reds Kick Off New Year with Cracking 8 Try Win Against National League Opposition

Linlithgow  52 – 24  Haddington

Saturday 5th January 2019

Haddington were the Reds’ first foots on Saturday at Mains Park in a friendly arranged as neither side had a league fixture scheduled. Haddington, who play in National League 3 – the league above Linlithgow – were hoping to get their season on track after a disappointing first half to the season, whilst the Reds were looking to build on their last performance which had resulted in a fine league win against local rivals Livingston. The visitors took the field in their normal red strips, which meant that Linlithgow turned out in their blue change strips for this match.

Before kick off there was a minute’s silence to mark the passing of Bob Green. Bob was a loyal supporter of the club having coached at junior level and was a regular supporter at Linlithgow matches across the country.

Conditions were good for running rugby – dry and little wind – and certainly both sides were up for moving the ball at nearly every opportunity. The first half had barely started when Jack Frame, back at full-back in a reshuffled back division, made a fine outside break from just inside his own half finding winger Lewis Mayo Herdman with a slick inside pass as he cut inside the cover defence. Cammie Murrie was up in support to continue the move with the ball then going to flanker Cal Thomson who blasted through the remaining cover defence to run in from 30 metres out. A cracking try which was converted by Jack Frame to give the Reds an early 7-0 lead.

Cal Thomson opened the scoring for the Reds who were playing in their blue change strips

The Reds continued to press after the restart and winger Mayo Herdman, who had a cracking game, popped up in midfield to carve open the visitors’ defence before offloading to Club captain Euan Ralph Mochrie who ripped through to run under the posts for another fine try, which was again converted by Jack Frame, giving the Reds a 14-0 lead with less than 10 minutes played.

Captain Fantastic blasts through for try two

Although rocked by these early scores, Haddington began to play their way back into the game, prompted by both their fine young stand-off and their more experienced all-action hooker. In addition, their overall tackling improved and, although the Reds continued to play adventurous rugby, the Haddington defence stood firm, turning the ball over on a number of occasions. From one such turnover, inside the Reds’ half, Haddington rumbled up the park to crash over for a converted try. A few minutes later the visitors seized on another unforced Reds’ error, claiming the loose ball near halfway and running in a second try in the corner to pull the score back to 14-12 with 25 minutes played.

This seemed to jolt the Reds into raising their game and they became more competitive at the breakdown, with centre Rab Cairns prominent in a number of turnovers. Jack Frame once more made a cracking break up the right, beating three defenders before attempting to take on the final defender with three Reds’ players in support, any of whom would have scored had Frame chosen to pass. However, not all was lost as the Reds won quick ball from the ensuing breakdown, moving it across the full width of the field in stages from right to left, before scrum half Cammie Murrie put in winger Ross Plenderleith for a try in the corner to extend the Reds’ lead to 19-12.

“You can’t keep a good man down” – Ross Plenderleith adds try number 3

The Reds were soon back on the attack, but valiant defence from the visitors looked as though it was going to keep them at bay until the break. However, on the stroke of half-time Chris Ronnie Ronalson, playing at stand-off spotted a gap in the cover defence and his clever chip kick found space bouncing just under the visitors’ posts and standing up nicely (he insisted that he kicked it to do exactly that) for him to reclaim and dive over for a lovely try, which Jack Frame converted to leave the half-time score at 26-12 for the Reds.

Ronnie dives in for try 4 after a clever chip over the top of the onrushing defence

The second half got underway with the home crowd looking for the Reds to kick on in the manner they closed out the first half, however the Reds’ players had not read the script and conceded a try straight from the restart having lost the ball in midfield, with Haddington taking it up the field in a series of drives before crashing over in the corner for a fine try which was beautifully converted to peg the Reds’ lead back to 26-19.

With Andrew Archer now on the field and Rab Cairns once more to the fore defensively, the Reds began to win the turnover battle and consequently they took control of the game, pinning the visitors back with some fine aggressive running. It was from another such period of play that the Reds scored their fifth try with a superb, “never say die” run from prop Adam Scott. Scott took the ball 30 metres out surrounded by defenders. Brushing off the first two tackles he rumbled into the Haddington 22 carrying a couple of defenders, before shaking them off, bouncing the last line of defence and then accelerating to crash over the line for a score which brought the biggest cheer of the afternoon.

Individual try of the match – “dragon breath” proves too hot for visitors

A few minutes later, centre Rab Cairns was up in support of a break to take the scoring pass and run in from 30 metres out for a try which Jack Frame converted to give the Reds a 38-19 lead. With the Reds threatening to run away with the match, Haddington dug in and went back to their power game, their big forward crashing over from one metre out after many phases of play close to the Reds’ line.

“Trademark Cairns” – Rab claims deserved try

This proved to be their swansong as the Reds retightened their grip on the match, bringing on all their subs and it was one of them, Stu Young, who claimed the Reds’ 7th try after a 5 metre lineout drive by the pack. Jack Frame slotted the conversion and then with the last play of the game, he claimed a deserved try for himself which he also converted to bring his personal tally up to 17 points and the final match score to 52-24 for the Reds.

Great offload from skipper ‘Ralph’

This was probably the Reds best performance of the season, with every player making a contribution to the win, which featured 8 different try scorers. On Saturday, the Reds resume their league campaign with a trip to Hawick Harlequins, while the 2s also travel to the Borders, to take on Gala ‘A’ in a reserve league match.

Linlithgow

Jack Frame; Lewis Herdman, Rab Cairns, Aidan Rennison, Ross Plenderleith; Chris Ronalson, Cammie Murrie; Adam Scott, Stuart Cunningham, Ally McLean; Neil Lockhart, Kieran Cochrane; Euan Mochrie (captain), Cal Thomson and Mark Caddle.

Subs: Stu Young, Peter Millar, Andrew Archer, Ross Tulloch, Euan Murray.

Wee Reds Tournament Season Spring 2018

Wee Reds at East Kilbride

Sunday May 2018

Another beautiful day another beautiful rugby performance!

Read both P4 and P7 reports

The P4s demonstrate their “human pyramid”!


P4s Claim Another Big Win

The P4s made it two wins in succession as they came away from PL with another set of winners’ medals. Like their P7 counterparts, it was great to see some different faces in the team as the big squad was put to good use. Well done!


Wee Reds Minis Excel at PL

Congratulations to all the Wee Reds Mini teams on their performance again at the weekend, with the P4s and the P7s winning and the P5s and P6s finishing runners upin their respective age groups at the Preston Lodge Mini Tournament.

Match reports from P7, P4 and P6


Wee Reds Reach 4 Finals

After a tremendous trip down in the Borders the previous Sunday, the Wee Reds were back in action at the Livingston Tournament this Sunday and once again came away with success across the board – the P4s and the P7s winning, while the P5s and P6s finished runners up and the second P6 teamfinished fourth!

P7s Second Tournament Win

P4s Big Win at Livingston

Read P7, P6, P5 and P4 match reports


Wee Reds Rampant in Borders

It was a tremendous day for the Wee Reds Minis in the Borders last Sunday when the P5s and the P7s both won their respective competitions, the P6s finished runners up and the P4s reached the semi-final in theirs. Well done to all the players, who all played a great brand of rugby in the true spirit of the game. This Sunday the Wee Reds are off to the Livingston Mini and Micro Tournament – probably the first time that the P1s will have travelled to an away tournament. Our best wishes go to all squads and players.

Wee Reds P5s Win at Gala

Chris Paterson was on hand to present the trophy and medals to the victorious Wee Reds P5 team on Sunday at the Gala Tournament.

The P5s has an outstanding tournament winning all three pool matches against Hawick, Melrose and West of Scotland, before disposing of Selkirk by 6 tries to 2 in the semi-final. The final saw a rematch with Hawick and in an enthralling and exciting game, the Wee Reds emerged victorious by 4 tries to 3 to claim the trophy and individual medals which were presented by Scotland’s all time leading points scorer Chris Paterson, who praised the team’s offloading skills.

Read Chris Kelly’s report

P7s – Tournament Winners

The victorious P7 team became the first team from outwit the Borders to win the P7 Trophy in the last 10 years.

Read Mark’s report

P6 Exceptional Runners Up

Congratulations to the P6 team (pictured above) who won all four pool matches – against Barbarians, Hawick, West of Scotland and Selkirk, before beating Gala in the semi-final, scoring an incredible 22 tries whilst only conceding 2 in the process. In the final, though, they came up against a much physically bigger English side – Morpeth – and the size did make a difference on the day. Brilliant effort though!

Read Stewart MacLeod’s report

Reds v Penicuik (Sept16)

Reds Leave it Late to Secure Home Win

Linlithgow  31 – 18  Penicuik

Saturday 10 September 2016

Linlithgow opened up their home campaign in BT East 1 league against newly promoted Penicuik. Both teams had lost their opener and were keen to get points on the board. Linlithgow welcomed debutants Eric Williams, newly arrived from the USA at centre and youngster Lauchlan McCall at hooker. The team was led out by mascots Charlie, Elliot and Alfie Muir (see below).

reds_mascots_penicuik

The game started in blazing sunshine with the participants of the ladies lunch looking on. Linlithgow started brightly, and kept the away side penned in their own half for lengthy periods. Cammy Walker had a great run down the wing, and there were a couple of other good breaks. Unfortunately for Linlithgow, the defence held out, and the Reds had to settle for a penalty, Jack Frame slotting home.

As the half wore on, Linlithgow were still pressing and one of the Penicuik players was binned for a tip tackle. Frame doubled the score with another penalty. Soon after, Linlithgow were awarded another penalty close to the Penicuik line. Instead of taking the points they chose to tap. Williams was unlucky to be stopped short of the try line. However, Linlithgow were awarded another penalty and chose to go for touch. Linlithgow lost the line out and the visitors raced up the park and after several phases of play went over to score in the corner, the conversion being missed.

The half wasn’t over as Frame added a third penalty and, in the final minute,  Linlithgow nearly scored in the corner when Ross Plenderleith was tackled into touch one metre short after a 30 metre run.

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Sean Hagerty rises for the ball

Half time:  Linlithgow 9 – 5  Penicuik

The second half seemed different from the first, with both teams playing open rugby and, at one time, it looked as though the result could have gone either way.

The visitors reduced the deficit with a penalty, before Ross Martin went over near the corner, Frame missing the long conversion. Penicuik reduced the deficit again with another penalty and then took the lead when they got the nudge on a 5 metre scrum which ended in a mess over the Reds line, referee Iain Young correctly awarding a penalty try to Penicuik which they converted.

At 14-18 down and the game moving into the final quarter, things looked ominous  for the home side. However the Reds rallied magnificently as the whole team were involved in several forages forward, none more so than captain and man-of-the match Stuart Bell. Following a great run by Jack Frame and some good follow up play, Chris Ronalson went over near the posts and Frame duly converted. Frame added another penalty before getting himself a try late in the game after excellent set up work by Ronalson, picking a great line to cut back inside the covering Penicuik defence at pace and crash over the whitewash for a try which he converted himself.

This was a great victory in the end and while the score looks convincing, it was only that way in the last quarter.

Full Time:  Linlithgow  31 – 18  Penicuik

Linlithgow

Jack Frame; Cammy Walker, Eric Williams, Chris Ronalson, Ross Plenderleith; Andrew Whitelaw, Russell Murdoch; Michael Robertson, Lauchlan McCall, Calum McKeown; Sean Hagerty, Craig Scott; Euan Mochrie, Cal Thomson, Stuart Bell (capt).

Subs (all played) : Euan Gunn, David Martin, Ross Martin, Mark Caddle

P5 Livingston Tournament – Stuart

P5s Win Livingston Tournament

Stuart’s Squad Report

Today my team comprised the following players:
Daniel, Fraser, Jake, Marc, Adam, Ruan, Ollie and Harry with guest appearances put in by Big Jack and Jamie when we suffered a couple of injuries towards the end of the day.

Our pool consisted of Linlithgow, Livingston, Dalziel, Kinross and Kirkcaldy. Falkirk were due to play but didn’t turn up.

First up for us was Livingston, which after some early tries we treated as a warm-up, giving Harry his first competitive outing in what was only his fourth day playing rugby. He quickly got that hang of the game and has already started making some excellent tackles. Most of the team ran in a try and we won the game comfortably lots to nil.

Our next game was against Kirkcaldy. This was a new opponent for us who had some quick players. However, our defence proved to be strong, especially with tackling and counter-rucking, and with some excellent running, supporting and passing we managed to beat them by 3 scores.

Next up was Dalziel, another new team for us, and who we felt were the team to beat in the group. They had three biggish players and one very good runner. Again, our defence didn’t let the big guys get into the game and we passed from side to side of the pitch, with some excellent off-loads and great supporting play. We ended up winners by four scores to two and received high praise from the Dalziel coaches who, while never liking to lose, said they loved watching our boys play and were satisfied to have lost to a really well-drilled team that played some of the best rugby they had seen!

Our last game in the pool was against Kinross. On a couple of occasions we left a gap in defence which was well exploited by the Kinross runner. Our wonderful cover tackles all over the pitch couldn’t prevent them from taking the game, which they won 3-2. We felt that we wouldn’t progress to the final as Kinross had won all their games except a draw with Dalziel. However, in the last game Kirkcaldy played out of their skin against Kinross and ended up beating them 4-2, which meant we were through to the final.

In the final we played the winners of the second pool, Edinburgh Accies. This was a hard game against a really well-drilled side that tackled very well and were strong in the ruck. However, our determination and team-spirit really showed through, with everyone defending to the last. In attack we ran the ball wide, made strong runs through the opposition and off-loaded brilliantly resulting in us running out 4-2 winners. The boys were exhausted at the end but were delighted with the win.

Today was a testament to teamwork. Everyone worked for each other, whether it be supporting runners, offloading to team mates, getting back to make tackles or winning rucks. The rugby played today was a joy to watch and the boys were worthy winners. Well done everyone!

Edinburgh Rugby Blitz Day

Edinburgh Rugby Blitz Linlithgow School of Rugby

9th December 2015

John Hardie and Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh Rugby visited Linlithgow Rugby Club as part of Edinburgh’s Blitz Day, taking professional players out into the community.  They were involved in training sessions with the School of Rugby S1s and S2s and took the opportunity to promote the upcoming 1872 Cup first leg match Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield on Sunday 27th December.  Edinburgh are current holders of the cup and the two New Zealand born players will be looking to keep it in the capital by helping Edinburgh to win over the two legs during the Christmas Holidays.

John Hardie joined the Scotland squad in the summer and made a huge impact in the Rugby World Cup as a highly combative open-side flanker.  He joined Edinburgh Rugby on a professional contract after the World Cup.  Phil Burleigh has already had a season with Edinburgh and has moved from centre to stand-off this season, becoming a key player in the Edinburgh back division.

Both John and Phil were born in New Zealand, on the South Island, and both played Super Rugby for the current champion Highlanders who play in Dunedin.

Linlithgow Rugby Club has strong links with New Zealand with former All Black captain and former NZ Rugby President Andy Leslie a long-time honorary member of the Club – his father hailed from Linlithgow and was a goalkeeper with Hibs before emigrating to New Zealand.  Andy’s two sons, brought up in New Zealand, both went on to represent Scotland in the late 90s.

The Edinburgh Rugby Blitz Day saw most of the current squad out into the schools to promote links between the professional club and the community.  Over 13,000 tickets have already been sold for the first leg of the 1872 Cup.  Club members can buy tickets using a special link, which generates a commission for the Club.  It promise to be a great day so come along and enjoy the occasion!

Special link to buy tickets online