Reds Slip Up at Duns
Duns 27 – 20 Linlithgow
Saturday 02 September 2017
Things just didn’t work out for the Reds on Saturday. First their bus was late, then it broke down not once but twice, which meant that this BT East 1 match kicked off over an hour late, with the Reds warm up time greatly reduced as a result. However, it was more of an issue of availability, or rather lack of availability, with a huge number of the senior squad unavailable for this second league match of the season, that tripped up the Reds.
Vice-captain Jamie March was back and captained the side on the day, as Club Captain Craig Scott was on-call for work and had to start on the bench.
A lively start from Duns saw them take a 15-3 lead halfway through the first half – a Ross Martin penalty was all the Reds had to show for their efforts. The Reds no. 8 then added to his earlier penalty with a fine try near the corner, just before the break, to make the halftime score 15-8 in favour of the home team.
The Reds started the second half much more brightly and began to gain the ascendancy with some excellent flowing rugby. It was from such a move, started in their own half, that centre Jamie March made a fine outside break in a 40 metre run, before offloading to stand-off John Chapman who finished the move off with a fine try under the posts, which Ross Martin duly converted.
This brought the scores level at 15-15 and should have been the point for the Reds to kick on for the win. However, they took their foot off the gas, letting Duns back into the game, conceding two tries – one a speculative length of the field kick and chase from a highly promising Reds’ attack in which the bouncing ball tripped up the Reds’ defender before bouncing up into the arms of the grateful Duns player who then had an easy run in under the posts for a converted try!
The Reds, although bemused by seeing their chance at an equalising score turn into a 7 point deficit, were stung into action and got a score back through replacement scrum-half Pete Millar, on his debut for the Reds, to bring them to within seven points at 27-20 down. This was Millar’s second try in successive games, having scored against Musselburgh 2s for the Reds 2s the previous week.
Final efforts to tie the match proved in vain and the Reds had to be content with a losing bonus point after a long day on the road! There were some good performances in the team though, with Ross Martin the pick of them. While there were some improvements from last week, the Reds need to be a bit more clinical and aware at key points in the game – an area where Duns had the edge on the day.
Cammie Murie; Lewis Herdman, Jamie March (captain), Chris Ronalson, David Martin; John Chapman, Murray Smith; Ally Mclean, Chris Archer, Michael Robertson; Neil Lockhart, Sean Hagerty; Andrew Archer, Mark Caddle, Ross Martin.
Subs: Steven Grant, Drew Sommerville, Peter Millar and Craig Scott.