Linlithgow u18 v Lasswade HS u18
The Reds made it five from five in Purple Conference fixtures in a hard earned victory over a well organised Lasswade HS team. The Reds went into the game with a few enforced changes and only one sub but still managed to earn the victory.
The Reds started quickly and soon had a scrum inside the Lasswade twenty two. A quick burst from Nathan and a good off load allowed Shaun to crash over wide out taking a couple of home defenders with him. Gregor added the extras with a great conversion wide out.
The game than entered a scrappy phase when both teams struggled to keep the ball and gain any momentum within the match. Knock ons, turnovers and repeated scrums where the order of the day as both teams struggled to control the play. To the young Reds credit however they worked hard in defence and tracked back well as a team to keep the home try line intact. It was good to see the guys also using the defensive kick clearance to great effect to clear their own twenty two.
Half time: Linlithgow u18 7 – 0 Lasswade HS u18
The coaching team and squad spoke at half time about playing with more control and cutting down on mistakes. The half opened and soon saw the Reds camped deep in the visitors twenty two. From a lineout a well- controlled maul took the home team close to the visitor’s line before Callum crashed through a pile of bodies to claim a vital score.
The Reds then had a period of sustained pressure and were unlucky to have a score chalked off after a good kick through by Gregor was hacked on by Shaun, with Lasswade defenders scrambling for a tackle he re-gathered and was crossing the line only for the ref to call the play back.
With time running out Lasswade then had their best period of pressure and only last ditch corner flag defence kept them at bay as the Reds clung on to earn a hard earned victory.
Final Score: Linlithgow u18 12 – 0 Lasswade HS u18
Given the squad of players available on the day the coaching team were more than happy with the effort the whole squad put in. The game was tight and scrappy in parts but the squad dug deep and into the second half played the better rugby. Looking forward to this coming Saturday we travel to Knox Academy for the final crucial Purple Conference game.