Excellent Bonus Point Away Win in Borders
Duns 11 – 33 Linlithgow
Saturday 17 October 2015
Linlithgow travelled down to Duns on Saturday having made some enforced changes from the previous game along with some players returning from the injury list. Two of the three coaches were in the starting line up.
In very pleasant conditions for the time of year, Linlithgow kicked off and were immediately on the offensive, pushing the home side back over their try line but the ball was held up. Linlithgow pushed them over again but knocked on in the process. However, the first score was only delayed by a few minutes with Garry Anderson, in what was an unusual position for him, scoring out on the wing after good work at the base of the scrum by Martin, with Jack Frame kicking the conversion. Duns came back and Linlithgow had to soak up some sustained pressure, but weathered the storm, and increased their lead with a Frame penalty. Duns replied with a penalty, reducing the deficit again to 7 points. On the restart Linlithgow again went on the offensive and scored a great try, involving most of the backs. The handling was excellent as Craig Scott went over, Frame’s conversion going wide.
Duns reduced the deficit, before Frame responded with another Linlithgow penalty from just inside the Duns half. Linlithgow were by far the sharper team and although the half time score of 18-6 in the Reds’ favour was good, it didn’t reflect the possession Linlithgow had as there were too many unforced errors being made.
You might have expected Duns to come out committed in the second half given their coaches “colourful” half time talk, but it was the visitors who extended their lead with another Frame penalty, and then a try by Euan Mochrie following good work from Cunningham, the conversion hitting the post.
The referee issued a yellow card to Linlithgow for handling in the ruck, and during the 10 minutes Duns managed to reduce the deficit, scoring a try in the corner, but missing the conversion. Green returned after his time in the sin bin along with several replacements. The response was immediate, with Linlithgow taking play to just short of the Duns line. Captain Chris Bredin was on hand to pick up the loose ball and take it over the line securing the bonus point, Frame potting an excellent conversion from the touchline.
Any win is a good win in the Borders as they say, and this was a good performance from the whole team, moving them up to 3rd in the league with a game in hand.
Frame; Anderson, Green, Watson, Bredin; Thomson, Livingstone; Archer, Cunningham, McKeown; Scott, McCallum: Martin, Bell and Mochrie.
Subs (all used) : Walker, Rankine, Pauley, Murray