Match report Linlithgow U18 v Musselburgh U18

Match report Linlithgow U18 v Musselburgh U18

On a morning perfect for rugby the Reds welcomed Musselburgh to Mains Park in the Conference League competition.

The Reds opened strongly and a double hack through by Gregor ended up with him diving on the ball close to the posts for the opening score of the match which was converted by Aiden.  Kyle was next to score after some good hands across the pitch put him into space and he finished well wide out. Musselburgh then hit back with a good set of forward drives leading to a short range unconverted try.

The young Reds however hit straight back and a backs move gained good field position close to the Musselburgh line.  This gave Kieran time to find space he was held just short but had the speed of thought to release the ball, gain his feet to gather the ball and crash over.  Musselburgh kicked a late penalty just before half time.

Half Time: Linlithgow U18 17 – 8 Musselburgh U18

The second half opened with the Reds moving the ball a little wider to stretch the Musselburgh defence.  This resulted in Samuel crashing over for a short range try with a couple of defenders hanging on to him.  Kieran then repeated his quick thinking of the first half but this time from just inside the Musselburgh half.   This left the defenders stood waiting for a referee’s whistle, which never came, whilst Kieran scored close to the posts he also added the extras.

Ross was next on the score sheet as a sweeping passing move across the field put him into space and he finished well wide out.  Musselburgh then grabbed a try back after a number of pick and goes close to the Reds line.  Scott playing his first match of the season ran strongly from half way handing off defenders along the way before crossing wide out.  Gregor grabbed the last try with some good foot work and dash to score close to the posts he also added the extras.

Final Score: Linlithgow U18 Reds 48 – 13 Musselburgh U18

Coaches view

Four wins from four in the Conference competition has put the guys in a strong position in the group with some key matches still to play.  It was good to see how the guys dealt with playing against a strong, sizeable Musselburgh pack.  The half time chat was about ball and player movement, to move the ball wider.  The guys did this well which produced more scores and helped neutralise the Musselburgh forwards.  The coaches want to see more of this player problem solving as it will be invaluable when we play teams who use different styles of play.