Young Reds Team Regains West Lothian Trophy with Fine Win in France
AS Minorange 15 – 19 Linlithgow
Saturday 11 February 2017
This was the 30th Anniversary of the exchange between Linlithgow and the rugby team based in our twin town, Guyancourt. Linlithgow have not won this match for a number of years but fielded a very young team determined to bring back the West Lothian trophy. Before the match there was a minute’s silence in memory of Ian Donaldson’s son who had recently died after a long illness. Ian Donaldson was the driving force behind the town and rugby club twinning in the early days and everyone was saddened to hear about his son.
A cold but fine day suited the young runners in the Linlithgow team and they managed to impose themselves right from the off. From good field position a fine line-out catch and drive ended with Euan Mochrie peeling off and crashing over for the first score. The conversion was missed. AS Minorange hit back with a try 5 minutes later after a number of continuous drives by their powerful forwards. (Score: 5-5)
Linlithgow took the lead once again after a multi-phase move ended with the ball reaching Cammy Walker on the left wing. The youngster skipped through several tackles and touched down for a brilliant team score. John Strachan added the extras. (Score: 5-12)
AS Minorange hit back with another powerful try just before the break.
The very close match continued into the second half and there were no further scores in the 3rd quarter. Stephane Guadin replaced Wayne Smith at hooker and Ewan Kelly replaced Barry McKeown at scrum-half.
Linlithgow then scored what proved to be the decisive score. A good turnover from Colin McMorrin saw Euan Mochrie receive the ball in open space some 60 yards out. The young flanker took off and managed to stay clear of some desperate attempts by the home side to reign him in. The fine touchdown under the posts was converted once again by John Strachan. (Score: 10-19)
Just before the end AS Minorange hit back with another fine team try to set up a tight finish to this brilliant match between two evenly matched teams. (Score: 15-19)
The game ended with the young Reds controlling the ball in the home team’s 22.
Final score: 15-19
Man of the match for the home side was Francois Dudo. Man of the match for Linlithgow was Euan Mochrie for which he received a giant cheese from our hosts. A great match between two evenly matched teams played in a great spirit.
Big thanks to Barry McKeown (Linlithgow) and Natalie (Guyancourt) for organising another very successful trip.
Rory McAdam; Ross Oliver, Euan Murray, Stuart Cunningham(capt), Cammy Walker; John Stachan, Barry McKeown; Calum McKeown, Wayne Smith, Stuart Gordon; Colin McMorrin, Duncan McClymont; Lauchlan McCall, Euan Mochrie, Patrick Bennie.
Subs: Ewan Kelly, Stephane Gaudin