Reds 2s Run in Eight Tries at Mains Park
Linlithgow 2s 51 – 3 Inverleith 2s
Saturday 24 October 2015
The scoreline suggests a one-sided game, but this was far from the case as Inverleith 2s competed throughout and were unlucky not to add to their first half penalty as they camped on the Reds’ line for an extended period in the second half. But for much of the game this was an expression of youth, an exuberance of open rugby, from the Reds with 5 second half tries to add to the three in the first half.
Fraser “Bruno’ Mochrie relished the opportunities he had at no. 8, as the erstwhile centre made the most of a series of pick-ups from the scrum base to gain positive yards on a number of occasions. When he learns to pass he will be an even better player! With veterans John Smith and Hugh Cochrane starting in the front row, the Reds scrum was stable against a formidable and mature visiting pack. Spelling Hugh was another golden veteran, Toby Binsted, ensuring that Linlithgow secured plenty first phase ball.
Tries in the first half came from Ally Walker, Russell Murdoch and Lewis Herdman, with Murdoch kicking all 3 conversions to add to an earlier penalty, giving the Reds a 21 – 0 half-time lead. The second half try scorers were Donald Bennie (2), Russell Murdoch, Mark Caddle and James Timlin, with Murdoch just slotting the one conversion.
Donald Bennie’s brace came on the back of an impressive series of breenging runs in a cameo second-half substitute appearance and it was encouraging that the Reds were able to bring on a number of very useful substitutes during this period – an indication of the strength of the bench.
A good win and a good day for the Reds.
Ewan Dalgleish; Cammy Walker, Ally Walker, Russell Murdoch, Sam McAllister; Chris Ronalson, Robbie Thomson; Hugh Cochrane, John Smith, Steven Grant; Mark Caddle, Pat Bennie: Lewis Herdman, Cal Thomson, Fraser Mochrie.
Subs: Neil Dori-Muir, James Timlin, Duncan McClymont, Donald Bennie, Jack Cameron, David ‘Jeff’ Martin.