Fine Double Over the French on Sunday!
Sunday 08 March 2020
Match report by Ken Richardson
Linlithgow Select 22 – 12 Plaisir Select
In the first game of a double-header on Sunday, a Linlithgow Select took on their French visitors from Plaisir. Although the French hadn’t played any rugby on the Saturday, they had been treated to a fair amount of hospitality over the previous two days! The Reds’ side had also enjoyed the social side and most had played the day before, so there was a fair amount of weariness at the start of the match!
That soon wore off, though, as both sides shaped up for what was to prove a very competitive and entertaining game. The Reds took an early lead with tries out wide right from Cammy Walker and Jack Frame, the latter after a break by Cammy ‘one boot’ Walker who, after losing his right boot in the break, managed to keep the move alive with a cross-kick from a bootless foot!
The French then scored after sustained pressure, with a penalty try after their winger was tackled just short of the line with a high tackle, bringing the sore back to 10-7, before Ross Tulloch showed a clean pairs of heels to scamper in for a try converted by Jack Frame to give the Reds a 17-7 half-time lead.
Cammy Walker got in on the act again in the second half, to claim his 5th try of the weekend to boost the Reds lead to 22-7. The Reds were now visibly tiring and Plaisir got more into the game, with “pick and goes”, eventually crossing the whitewash to pull the Reds lead back to 22-12. Resilient defence from the Reds kept the French out and the game ended as a 22-12 win for Linlithgow.
Jack Frame; Cammy Walker, Ross Tulloch, Jamie Finlayson, Matthew Chapman; Gregor McLean, Stuart Somervail; Calum McKeown, Adam Scott, Sam Buckley; Duncan McClymont, Neil Lockhart (captain); Euan Mochrie, Ally Walker and Jamie Tulloch.
Subs – Mark Green and Ross Martin.
Scotland 28 -17 France
In the second match, at a slightly busier BT Murrayfield Stadium, the Scotland team picked up from where the Reds had left off, securing a fine 28 – 17 win, with tries from Sean Maitland (2) and Stuart McInally.
Stuart Hogg (captain); Sean Maitland, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Blair Kinghorn; Adam Hastings, Ali Price; Rory Sutherland, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson; Scott Cummings, Grant Gilchrist; Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson and Nick Haining.
Subs – Alan Dell, Stuart McInally, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Magnus Bradbury, George Horne, Duncan Weir and Kyle Steyn.