The Reds arrived on a bright but breezy day south of the boarder in Berwick for the longest away trip in the Conference competition.
The Reds opened strongly and where soon in the Berwick twenty two when a dash from Andrew G brought the game’s opening score. Berwick quickly responded when Gregor, guesting for the opposition, intercepted a pass on the Reds twenty two to score close to the posts the extras where added to give the home side a 7 – 5 five lead.
Shaun was next to score after a clever set move in midfield saw him cross wide out. Kyle then burst onto a pass on a great running line just inside the Berwick twenty two to score wide out. Just before half time he repeated the feat again with a strong run to cross the try line with Kieran adding the extras. Berwick then crossed to grab the final score of the first half.
Half Time: Berwick U18 12 – 22 Linlithgow U18
The Reds opened the second half with a quick score as Shaun caught a kick clearance and raced clear from half way to score close to the posts Kieran adding the extras. Kieran grabbed the next try coming in at pace on a good running line to score close to the posts he then added the extras.
The next try was a great team try with great hands across the pitch which put Gregor into space and he finished strongly wide out Kieran adding the extras. Kieran then grabbed his second of the morning after again some good hands from inside the young Reds half put Kieran into space he then finished close to the posts he then added the extras.
Gregor then found some space on the outside of the Berwick defence and finished with pace after a short dash wide out Kieran adding the extras. Gregor then completed a second half hat-trick after the ball was swung first left and then right across the field he then finished by the posts which signalled the end of the game.
Final score: Berwick U18 12 – 62 Linlithgow U18 62
It was great to see the boys using moves and tactics practised in training sessions. It was good also to hear lots of talk on the pitch between the players which benefits the team hugely. The team played very strongly in particular in the second half and this was despite a few guys playing out of position due to injuries and player unavailability. This victory puts the squad in a strong position in the U18 Conference with some key games still to play.