2018-2019 Match Reports
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY
Two teams from the Borders visited Linlithgow Rugby Club on Saturday, both leading their respective leagues and with only one defeat in 23 matches between them. Berwick, who top Tennents East 1, were the Reds’ challengers while Jedforest 2s, who top Tennents Reserve East 1, took on the Reds’ 2s. Both Reds’ teams gave good account of themselves on the day, with the 2s producing an excellent performance to beat the visiting Jedforest 2s team 15-12 in a hard fought match.
Berwick Remain Unbeaten
Linlithgow 3 – 27 Berwick
League leaders Berwick showed why they remain unbeaten this season with an excellent all round performance against a strong Reds’ showing. Jack Frame‘s penalty in the first half was all the Reds had to show from the match on the scoreboard, however for much of this match they gave as good as they got and were only prevented from scoring by some determined Berwick defence.
2s Beat League Leaders
Linlithgow 2s 15 – 12 Jedforest 2s
In their best performance of the season to date, the 2s beat league leaders Jedforest 2s, with tries from Cammy Walker, Lewis McKie and Euan Muzz Murray. This was a great result for the 2s who’s opponents are the second string of the team currently in second place in Tennents National 1.
SATURDAY 12 JANUARY
On Saturday, both senior teams travelled down to the Borders. The Reds fared rather better than the 2s, in a close fought game with both teams claiming a try bonus, while the 2s had to play most of the match with only 13 after two early injuries. The Young Reds had matches against Hutchesons, with closely contested matches at S1 and U16 levels.
Reds Claim 2 Bonus Points
Hawick Quins 36 – 34 Linlithgow
There was a lot to be admired about the Reds play in this match as they came away from last season’s league champions with 2 bonus points, however they will rue their lapse in concentration either side of halftime when they let a 17-7 lead slip, conceding 24 unanswered points to give Quins the lead which they just held to the end. There were tries from Jack Frame, Stuart Cunningham, Cammy Murrie and Rab Cairns, with Frameadding 14 points from the kicking tee.
Gala 2s 70 – 0 Linlithgow 2s
Meanwhile the 2s lost two men early to injuries and, with no subs, played most of the game against Gala 2s on the main pitch at Netherdale with only 13 men.
Young Reds Claim Good Win
Linlithgow u16 22 – 15 Hutchesons Grammar u16
Beaten 24-19 by Hutchesons in the opening game of the season, the Young Reds U16s were determined to reverse the result and, in a close and competitive encounter, they did exactly that to share the spoils over the two matches.
Slow Start Undoing for S1s
Hutchesons S1s 21 – 17 Linlithgow S1s
A slow start by the S1s in Glasgow proved their undoing and despite scoring 3 tries to nil in the second half, they couldn’t overhaul the lead their hosts had gained in the first period.
SATURDAY 05 JANUARY
Reds Score 8 Tries Against Haddington
Linlithgow 52 – 24 Haddington
The Reds kicked off the New Year with a fine win over National League opponents, Haddington, in a friendly on Saturday 05 January. They scored 8 tries in total with 8 separate try scorers – Cal Thomson, Euan Mochrie, Ross Plenderleith, Chris Ronalson, Adam Scott, Rab Cairns, Stu Young and Jack Frame. Before the kick off there was a minute’s silence in respect for Bob Green, who sadly passed away just after Christmas.
Ronnie scores the Reds’ fourth try on the stroke of half-time (ABOVE).
Reds Beat Blues in Annual Boxing Day Game
Reds 46 – 15 Blues
Leading 7-0 at half-time, the Reds turned on the style in the second half to run in a further
P7s Reach Final on International Pitch
Congratulations to the Wee Reds P7s who reached the final of a special Scottish Rugby tournament on Saturday, played on the main pitch at half-time in the Edinburgh v Glasgow match in front of 22,000 spectators.
U16s Run Hawick Close in Borders
Hawick 17 – 15 Linlithgow
The Young Reds closed out 2018 with a fine performance at Hawick on Saturday.
SATURDAY 08 DECEMBER
It was a great Saturday for Linlithgow Rugby, with wins for both senior teams and 2 wins and a draw out of 4 matches for the Young Reds against the High School of Glasgow. The Reds won their big derby match against Livingston, not only claiming 5 league points with their 4 try victory, but also retaining the West Lothian Cup – played for annually between the two clubs.
Reds Win Derby Match
Linlithgow 30 – 27 Livingston
A late Livingston converted try in injury time failed to take the gloss of an excellent derby victory for the Reds. Down 20-11, the Reds scored three cracking tries in the second half to take a 30-20 lead deep into injury time. Rab Cairns (2) and Cammy Murrie claimed the second half tries to add to Ross Plenderleith’s first half try, with the Reds points haul being made up by 10 points from the boot of Jack Frame – 2 penalties and 2 conversions.
2s Win at Bannockburn
Bannockburn 14 – 45 Linlithgow
Another good win for the Reds 2s, with some fine performances across the team. Pictured above, Kevin Wilson in the act of scoring a try.
U16s Win Big in Glasgow
HS of Glasgow 10 – 39 Linlithgow
Another excellent performance and another excellent win for the Young Reds U16s.
S1s Toughest Win to Date
Linlithgow 15 – 4 HS of Glasgow
This was the toughest match of the season to date for the S1s, as they overcame a very strong High of Glasgow side, running in 5 tries to 1.
SATURDAY 01 DECEMBER
Senior rugby resumed on Saturday after the Autumn Tests and both senior teams struggled to pick up from the intensity of their respective previous performances after the disruption of having few matches over the last four weekends. At least the heavy rain from Thursday and Friday relented and the pitches were in surprisingly good nick considering.
All school matches were off anyway, as St Aloysius had mucked up their fixture schedule, however the Wee Reds were able to get in a full set of fixtures on the 3G surface in Kirkcaldy.
Try Bonus with Final Play
Linlithgow 27 – 41 Ross High
The Reds closed out this match with powerful attacking rugby for most of the final quarter, however Ross High defence remained resolute until the final play.
Lack of Subs Proves Costly
Lasswade 2s 26 -3 Linlithgow 2s
The 2s ran out of steam in the second half at Lasswade after a fine opening period, mainly due to the lack of substitutes as Assistant Manager Neil Dori-Muir was pressed into action.
Wee Reds P7s Have Great Day
The Wee Reds P7s closed out their fixtures in the calendar year with a superb three wins from three at Kirkcaldy.
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER
With there being no senior rugby last weekend because of the early kick off of the Scotland match and, with the Wee Reds fixture at Dunfermline being called off because of waterlogged pitches, it was the Young Reds who took centre-stage. On Saturday, they rounded off their conference fixtures with a set of matches against Lasswade High School, with the S1s (7-6), the S2s (47-12) and the U16s (26-12) all winning, while the U18s narrowly lost (30-36). On Sunday, the S1s travelled through to Edinburgh to take on the StewMel Lions S1s and won both matches playing some great rugby.
Three Wins for S1s!
It was some weekend again for the extended S1 squad as, bolstered by a contingent of P7s, they rounded off their conference season with a win at Lasswade on Saturday. Then on Sunday they travelled through to Inverleith in Edinburgh, where they took on the StewMel Lions over a couple of games, winning both against very good opposition.
Great Comeback by U16s
Linlithgow 26 – 12 Lasswade
After conceding the first two scores to a very good visiting Lasswade side, the Young Reds bounced back with four unanswered tries to claim a fine 26-12 win at Mains Park.
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER
Cracking performances from the Reds’senior team and the Young Reds’ S1s and U16s over last weekend. This weekend there are no senior matches as all league fixtures are suspended with Scotland’s final autumn test kicking off early at 2-30pm. In the morning the Young Reds finish off their Conference schedule of matches with fixtures across the board against Lasswade High School, while on Sunday the Wee Redsare away at Dunfermline.
Reds Just Miss Out in 13 Try Thriller
Royal High 48 – 41 Linlithgow
The Reds turned in their best performance of the league campaign at Barnton and just missed out on a famous victory against the league leaders in a keenly fought battle last Saturday. On a perfect day for rugby, both teams displayed excellent attacking moves throughout.
U16s Dominate with Great Team Rugby
Linlithgow U16 61 – 0 Trinity U16
The Young Reds flew out to a 51-0 halftime lead and the game had to be stopped when the scoreline passed 60 points early in the second half. The u16s scored 11 tries in total through 7 different players.
Young Reds S1s Run in 18 Tries Over the Weekend
This season’s S1 squad continued their fine run with two victories over the weekend, beating Trinity Academy by 11 tries to one on Saturday and following this up on Sunday with a win over Edinburgh Accies, scoring 7 tries to one.
SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
With Scotland v Fiji kicking off at early 2-30pm there were no senior games played on Saturday in the East Region. The Young Reds, though, had a set of four matches against Berwick Academy, who travelled up to Linlithgow en masse before heading to BT Murrayfield. With Berwick unable to field an U16 team, it was left to the S1s and S3s to fly the flag for the Young Reds, with the S1s continuing their unbeaten league run with a 50-11 champagne victory over the second placed team in the league. The S3s flew out of the traps running in 3 tries in the first five minutes before the coaches decided to mix up the squads to balance things out. It didn’t stop the scoring though, as over 120 points were scored over the course of the match!
Champagne Rugby from S1s
Linlithgow S1 50 – 11 Berwick S1
Fourteen tries and seven conversions were scored by the Young Reds S1s on Saturday.
SATURDAY 03 NOVEMBER
No game for the Reds, however the players were down in numbers to cheer the Reds 2s to a hard fought one point victory over Preston Lodge 2s in Tennents Reserve League East 1. There were good wins for the S1s and S3s against Ross High, with the S2s and the U18s putting in good performances in narrow defeats. Pride of place, though, to the U16s who had a fine win against their first string counterparts at Stirling County.
Gutsy Reds 2s Claim Big Win
Linlithgow 13 – 12 Preston Lodge
A real gutsy performance from the Reds 2s saw them hold on to a one point lead for the final quarter with a couple of goal line defensive stands. Super sub Bruno Mochrie claimed the man-of-the-match award, however all the squad contributed to a great result on the day.
Cracking Win for U16s;
School v Ross High
On Saturday morning the Young Reds U16s beat Stirling County ‘A’ team 26-10 in a physical match in fairly wet conditions. You can read a full report on this match and a summary of the other Young Reds’ school matches against Ross High School in Conference by following the link below.
SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
Another good weekend for the Reds, as both senior teams claimed bonus point wins in their respective league matches, scoring a total of 13 tries between them.
Plenders Goes Nap as
Reds Win at Forrester
Forrester 26 – 31 Linlithgow
The Reds ran in 5 tries, with a hat-trick from winger Ross Plenderleith, in a 31-26 win at Forrester. The other tries came from Jack Frame and Cammy Murrie, with conversions from Jack Frame (2) and John Chapman.
Hoochy Hat-Trick in
Bonus Point Win for Reds’ 2s
Linlithgow 50 – 10 Haddington
The 2s ran up eight tries in their 50-10 win over Haddington at home, with a hat-trick from Ross Tulloch, to claim another bonus point win.
S1s Continue Unbeaten Run
The S1s continue their unbeaten run with a convincing win against Knox Academy.
Still Overpower Knox
Knox Academy u16 0
Linlithgow Academy u16 48
The U16 travelled through to Haddington, with only 14 players, to play Knox Academy who stuck in to the end. The Young Reds won 48-0, scoring 4 tries and 4 conversions in the first half and 4 tries in the second.
SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER
There were smiles all round on Saturday night at the annual Curry Quiz Night, as the Reds celebrated two close wins from two cracking games earlier in the day.
Reds Storm Back to Claim Win
Broughton 20 – 23 Linlithgow
The Reds came back from a 15-0 deficit in Edinburgh to beat Broughton 23-20, with four fine tries through Rab Cairns (2), Ross Plenderleith and Cal Thomson.
2s Claim One Point Win
Linlithgow 22 – 21 Currie
At Mains Park, the Reds’ 2s emerged as 22-21 winners over Currie 3s in a match which saw the lead change hands 5 times over the course of a pulsating match. Tries came from Muzz (2), Jack Frame and Andrew Blyth.
SATURDAY 06 OCTOBER
Reds UnDun by Poor Second Half
Duns 48 – 10 Linlithgow
The Reds travelled down to Duns on Saturday for their fifth league match of the season. After a strong first half showing, they faded badly in the second and will be looking to get back on even keel when Portobello visit Mains Park this coming weekend. Aaron Flucker claimed the Reds’ only try of the match (pictured below courtesy of Craig Young).
2s Strong Second Half Showing
Watsonian 3s 34 – 17 Linlithgow 2s
The Reds 2s travelled through to Super Six club Watsonians on Saturday to play their 3rd XV, who always turn out a strong side at home at Myreside. Despite playing some fine rugby and scoring 3 tries, through Billy Edment, James Timlin and Scott Kellock in the second half, they never recovered from conceding 17 unanswered points in the first half.
S1s March On
In other weekend matches, the S1s continued with their excellent start to the season, over coming a strong Lasswade side by 36 – 3.
Stuffy Win for U16s
Meantime, the Young Reds U16s travelled through to Lasswade to play one of their traditionally toughest opponents and came away with afine 14-12 win with some heroic defending to close out the win.
SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
Saturday brought a welcome first league win of the season for the Reds, with a fine performance resulting in a 31-19 win over North Berwick, the Reds scoring five tries in total with man-of-the-match Cal Thomsonclaiming a hat trick.
Then on Sunday, the Wee Reds were at the Musselburgh Minis Festival, with the P7 team claiming an excellent win. That same day, the Young Reds S1s were at the Fettes Tournament, where after some fine wins they were just pipped in the final 7-8, both sides scoring two tries apiece.
On Wednesday night, the U16s had a big win in the Schools Cup, when they defeated Glasgow Academy by 4 tries to 2.
Reds Claim First League Win
– Hat Trick for Cal Thomson
Linlithgow 31 – 19 North Berwick
The Reds claimed their first win of the season, with a five try performance against North Berwick. There were tries from Cal Thomson (3), Mark Caddle and Ross Plenderleith, with Chapman kicking 3 conversions.
Wee Reds P7s Win at Musselburgh
Great result for the Wee Reds P7s at Musselburgh on Sunday as they won all their matches to lift the trophy.
S1s Runners Up at Fettes
The S1s had a busy weekend, with another big win on Saturday followed by an excellent performance at the Fettes Tournament on Sunday.
Huge Cup Win for U16s
Linlithgow Acad 20 – 14 Glasgow Acad
Wednesday 26 September
This was a cracking cup tie played in an excellent spirit between two very good teams. Playing with a tremendous intensity the Young Reds drove their opponents back at every opportunity, never letting them settle in the game. A last minute converted try by the visitors made the scoreline look closer than the game actually was, as the Young Reds ran in 4 tries, two in each half.
SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
Another Tough One at Berwick
Berwick 39 – 14 Linlithgow
Linlithgow’s selection problems continued as two late call offs meant that coach Dougie Thomson had to start this game at scrum half. This meant that that in only 4 competitive matches this season, the Reds have had to field 40 different players!
S1s Win at Berwick
Berwick 11 – 29 Linlithgow
Another great win for the Young Reds, scoring 8 tries (they are worth 3 points at S1 level) and kicking 5 conversions (1 point), when they travelled to play Berwick Academy on Saturday.
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
Big Weekend for Wee Reds
Wee Reds Mini rugby players from Linlithgow added a touch of class to Edinburgh Rugby’s first home game of the season, against Connacht, on Friday Night. Our P5s got the occasion off to a flying start by providing the Guard of Honour as the Pro 14 players took the field at BT Murrayfield.
At half time, our P6s and P7s graced the hallowed turf of the International pitch for games versus Currie and Royal High respectively. The Wee Reds channelled their excitement magnificently, inspired by their storied surroundings to tear into tackles and move the ball at pace to find gaps and score some very fine tries.
Slow Start Scuppers Reds
Linlithgow 12 – 29 Hawick Quins
Last season’s champions, Hawick Quins, got off to a flyer at Mains Park running up 17 unanswered points in the first 10 minutes. Following this whirlwind start, the spectators were treated to a thoroughly entertaining ding-dong 70 minutes which saw both sides score 12 points. The Reds will want to capture their second half performance to take to Berwick this Saturday.
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2s Outmuscled at Forrester
Forrester 35 – 24 Linlithgow
A more street-wise performance saw the home side get the better of the Reds 2s at Forrester in this early season league match.
SATURDAY 08 SEPTEMBER
2s and 3s Both Win at Home
The Reds had a BYE week as their league (Tennents East 1) contains 11 teams. This put the spotlight on the 2nds and 3rds, who both had home matches on Saturday at Mains Park. The 2nds played Murrayfield Wanderers 2s, giving them 3 players to make a 15-a-side match, while the 3s scheduled opponents, Musselburgh 3s, called off late and were replaced by Edinburgh Northern 2s desparate for a match after their opponents had also called off late. All-in-all it worked out really well as around 70 players enjoyed good rugby and a fabulous choice of food after the match!
Reds Players Score 12 Tries
Linlithgow 2s 57 – 24 M’field Wanderers 2s
The Reds gave three players to Murrayfield Wanderers to make it 15-a-side and all three scored tries for the visitors. In fact of the 13 tries scored in this match, 12 came from Reds’ players!
Reds 3s Edge Edinburgh Northern
Linlithgow 3s 22-17 Edin Northern 2s
In a cracking match played on the bottom pitch, the Reds 3s edged Edinburgh Northern, scoring 4 tries – a brace from man-of-the-match Aaron Flucker and one each for Guy Sutherland and Andrew Blyth, the latter slotting a conversion.
Photos to follow
3 Wins from 3 Games for S1s
Another fine win for the S1s as they take on Ross High School.
P7s in Action at North Berwick
The Wee Reds travelled to North Berwick on Sunday to take part in their Tournament / Festival.
SATURDAY 01 SEPTEMBER
Livi Claim Derby Opener
The Reds travelled to Livingston for the season’s Tennent’s East 1 opener, in a match which also kicked off their 50th anniversary season in the presence of new SRU President Dee Bradbury. After the match, Linlithgow’s Director of Rugby Gordon Dixon presented Livingston President Lee Anne Steel with a small plaque to commemorate the occasion. With a big pack and a determined press defence, the home team managed to keep the Reds at bay for most of the game, scoring a late try to run out 26-11 winners.
1st XV Opposition for 2s
Linlithgow 2s 7 – 20 Dalkeith 1s
The Reds 2s took on Dalkeith 1s at Mains Park last Saturday in a friendly – a late change as both sides had opponents call off against them. The young Reds side did well against the bigger more experienced team – good training for the start of the league season, as they’ve moved up a league this season!
School Excel Against Knox
Saturday 01 September 2018
The opening fixtures of the Schools’ Conference campaign saw Linlithgow Academy pitted against Knox Academy from Haddington. With the U18 match being redesignated as a development game, due to a number of players missing from both sides because of other school commitments, the Young Reds swept the board in the other 4 age grade matches, with cracking performances from all teams.
Medics Overhaul Reds Big Lead
EU Medics 31-26 Linlithgow
Having raced away to a 26-0 lead, the Reds lost their way against a young and fit EU Medics side who scored 31 unanswered points to claim this Tennent’s Edinburgh Shield first round tie at the Jack Kane Centre in Edinburgh. The Reds were missing a number of key players and lost a further 4 to injury during the match, however take nothing away from the effort and spirit of the young home side – “chapeau” as they say.
School Rugby Kicks Off
In their first fixtures of the season, the Young Reds took on formidable opponents Hutchesons Grammar School from Glasgow across 4 age groups. The S1s came away with a superb win in their first senior school run-out, while the S3s and the U16sput in fine performances, only to be edged out by strong opponents, with the score in both matches 24-19 in favour of Hutchesons. An under-strength U18 squad ran out of steam at the end but still scored 4 tries in their match.
Reds Win at North Berwick
On Saturday, the Linlithgow Reds completed their pre-season matches with a fine 36-24 away win at North Berwick, while the 2s had a run out against Biggar 2s at home.
Reds Start Season Brightly in the City of Discovery
Harris FP 5 – 22 Linlithgow
Saturday 04 August 2018
Linlithgow headed for Dundee last Saturday to begin their pre-season games with a squad match against Harris Academy FP. There were tries for Ross Plenderleith, Stevie Grant and a brace for Euan Mochrie, with one conversion from Gregor Stewart. Read Craig’s report
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