Fine Away Win for Reds’ 2s at Haddington
Haddington 12 – 17 Linlithgow
Saturday 05 September 2015
The seconds departed for Haddington on bright autumn Saturday for their first league game of the season in an optimistic mood. The manager was erring on caution as their opponents had been relegated last season and were an unknown quantity to the Reds.
The game started well but within two minutes Pat Bennie was injured and had to retire, then Connal Black had an issue with a contact lens. This disrupted the team which was struggling to obtain cohesion. Andrew Swanson went on at wing forward and Connal Black came back on and the team settled down. The play was still scrappy and lots of penalties were given away by both sides, but from a penalty to the Reds, Chris Ronalson made a great break coming towards the wing, he drew the man and passed to Rory McAdam who broke well up the wing and passed inside to Russell Murdoch who skipped over between the posts for a score. This was converted by John Strachan.
(7-0 to the Reds)
The play was strewn with errors from both sides and from one such mistake the very large standoff for Haddington trundled over with lots of players admiring his silky movement.
Score at half time 7-7
In the second half the Reds were playing down hill and across the camber – yes the pitch is notorious for the slopes in many directions. The Reds were using this pitch advantage for their own ends and after some good play between Ronalson, Mochrie and McAllister, the winger was unlucky to be held up.
A penalty was conceded and Chris Ronalson converted to bring the score to 10-7 for the Reds.
The manager indicated to the team to keep the pressure on and use the physical slope and camber of the pitch. The team responded and kept the pressure on and from a nice ruck Russell Murdoch sent a neat pass to Chris Ronalson who gave the ball to his centre Euan Murray. Muzz used his physical presence to barrel over the line. Ronalson converted, 17-7 to the Reds.
Unfortunately a succession of errors and penalties let Haddington inside our 22. From a line out Haddington secured the ball and gave it to the standoff who found the route to the line unhampered by tiring Reds players. He missed the conversion and the score finished with a victory for the Reds.
Final score 17-12
Footnote: The manager was pleased with the performance of many of the players with everyone making a solid contribution to the win. The seconds league is not easy and more harder games are on the horizon but with this group of players we can enjoy our rugby and achieve some good results.
C McDonald, Euan Mochrie, S Grant, Connal Black, Gus McNab, Duncan McClymont, Pat Bennie, Fraser Mochrie, Russell Murdoch, John Strachan, Sam McAllister, Euan Murray, Graeme Birrell, Rory McAdam, Chris Ronalson.
Subs: James Timlin, Steven Sim, Andrew Swanson, Hugh Cochrane, and Neil Dori-muir.