Poor Second-Half Performance Lets Reds Down
Duns 36 – 3 Linlithgow
Saturday 11 March 2017
Linlithgow travelled to Duns last Saturday looking for a win, having lost their last league match in the Borders. The squad had a few regulars missing so the coaches had to shuffle the team about. Duns showed off their new clubhouse with a corporate lunch for 150, so there was an above average crowd for this game.
It has to be said that both teams didn’t serve up a thriller for the large crowd in the first half. It was a dour midfield contest with neither team showing much in the way of attacking rugby. Linlithgow were first to get a scoring chance as Jack Frame tried his luck from just inside the Duns half. It fell just short. However, in the next play Linlithgow got another opportunity closer in and Frame made no mistake with the penalty. Both teams were still struggling to break down each other’s defence, and as half time was approaching, Duns were awarded a penalty and the sides went in level 3 all at the break.
Whatever was said at half time by the Linlithgow coaching staff was lost on the players, because from their own kick off, Duns collected the ball, moved infield and pushed over for a converted try under the posts. From a Linlithgow point of view it was a soft try to lose. In the next play, the Duns winger was allowed the freedom of the park to score in the corner, and the difficult conversion went over. Surprise on one Linlithgow supporters face when she returned from a half time refreshment to find the score from 3-3 to 17-3 in 2 minutes.
Worse was to follow for the Reds as Cal Thompson was yellow carded for a professional foul. Duns immediately capitalised by scoring a try in the opposite corner, also converted. Linlithgow had a chance to make amends as a Duns player was yellow carded for a high tackle, but they were unable to penetrate the home defence. Despite being a man down, Duns scored another try in the corner which went unconverted. Linlithgow’s misery continued when substitute Dougie Thompson was yellow carded, and Duns completed the half with another converted try in the corner.
This was a poor second-half performance from the Reds. Although short of a number of regulars, conceding five second-half tries was a long way short of the team’s normal level of performance.
Jack Frame; Cammy Walker, Chris Ronalson, Stuart Cunningham, Cal Thompson; John Chapman, David Martin; Ally McLean, Euan Mochrie, Steven Grant; Sean Hagerty, Mark Caddle; Cameron Dori-Muir, Craig Scott and Stuart Bell.
Subs : Michael Robertson, Graeme McCallum, Dougie Thompson, Fraser Mochrie