Great End to Season as President’s XV Triumph in Entertaining Match
Linlithgow President’s XV 52 – 15 Forth Valley Select
Saturday 28 May 2022
Two late additions to the Forth Valley Select line-up were 2019 Tennents National 2 Player of the Year Connor Faulds from Falkirk Rugby Club and Ross Molloy from the Bo’ness Rugby Club.
Gregor Stewart Signs off in Style with Hat-Trick
Report by Matt Dixon and Ken Richardson
The sun shone on Mains Park throughout this high-tempo encounter that befitted such an occasion and, although the pace dropped and more errors crept in later in the game, the crowd were entertained by two teams out to play an exciting brand of rugby.
The first half belonged to the President’s XV as they ran in 4 fine tries, all converted by Jack Frame, to take a 28-0 lead, before a Connor Faulds try pulled one back for the Forth Valley Select to make it 28-5 at the break.
The first try came from Gregor Stewart after fine break by the Reds up the right wing from their own half, the ball going through several pairs of hands before Stewart ran in from 20 metres out; converted by Jack Frame to give the Reds the lead at 7-0
Then No 8 Mark Caddle, who had an outstanding game, outpaced the cover defence with fine 30 metre run to score in the corner; Jack Frame converting from the wrong touchline to make it 14-0.
Jack Frame then ran in the third from broken play, when he ran on to a pass at pace and burst through a gap about 40 metres out, before outpacing the cover defence to score a try which he converted himself to make it 21-0.
The Reds fourth try came from Kieran Cochrane when, after several phases of play, the ball came open and he sliced back through the defence with Jack Frame again successful with the conversion to make it 28-0.
The second half, as mentioned before, was more ragged as the pace of the game got to most of the players. The Reds added four more tries to the visitors’ two, with the first coming from the youngest Red on the pitch, Eioan Magee, who had come on at half-time. It stemmed from an initial break by David Goudie, carried on by Adam Scott, with McGee on hand to run in from 30 metres out. The ball wouldn’t sit on the tee for Gregor Stewart, it kept falling off, and when told he only had 3 seconds left, he hooked a snatched drop goal conversion wide 33-5.
Forth Valley then scored their second after Najib Chouldhary muscled his way over from short range (33-10).
The Reds then went back up the other end and Mark Caddle claimed his second try of the match after the Reds created an overlap on the left after fine play. Gregor Stewart decided to dispense with the troublesome kicking tee and slotted a composed drop goal conversion from halfway out to touchline (40-10).
Forth Valley were next on the scoreboard with their third try (40-15).
To round off the match, and in his final game for the Reds before moving to Jersey to start a new job, Gregor Stewart ran in the two final tries, claiming his match hat-trick in the process. The first occurred after the ball was spun out wide to Ross Plenderleith on left wing, who drew the cover defence after cutting inside before the ball went through two pairs of hands to Gregor Stewart who scored (45-15)
The hat-trick came for Gregor Stewart when he scored under the posts; the successful conversion being taken by Dougie Thomson (52-15), who had come on for a 5 minute cameo performance, raising the average age of the home team by several years in the process!
Final score: 52-15