Baker’s Dozen for Rampant Reds!
Linlithgow 84 – 0 Hawick Linden
Saturday 29 February 2020
Report by David Mitchell
Having not played since 1st February, the Reds were desperate for a game and after a morning pitch inspection, they took the field against bottom of the table Hawick Linden last Saturday. The visitors had some travel issues that did not help their preparation and it was no surprise that the home team started the game with an early penalty from Jack Frame and then scored at regular intervals throughout the match. The final try tally of 13 was just reward for some excellent attacking play. It was also Ladies’ Day at the Club, with over a hundred ladies attending, and maybe the guys were trying that wee bit harder to impress!
Hawick Linden are going through a sticky patch as a club at the moment and we hope that they recover from their problems as they approach their centenary year in 2021.
Man of the match Fraser Mochrie opened the try fest following some good direct play by the team and this was followed by tries from Jack Frame, Colin Devlin, Mark Caddle and a hat trick of tries from winger Ross Plenderleith who was busy all over the pitch as he sniffed out scoring opportunities.
Jack Frame added 5 conversions to make the half time score 48-0.
As usual, the forward pack were in dominant form, particularly in the scrum, and this provided a great platform for attack. All credit to Linden who kept trying until the end but the Reds grew in confidence as the game went on and scored a further 6 tries in the second half. Frame converted 2 before making way for Struan McLean who added another conversion.
Coach Dougie Thomson rang the changes in the 2nd half with Euan Gunn, Jamie Finlayson, Andrew Archer and Ross Tulloch all taking the field. The home side scored some excellent tries with Plenderleith adding a 4th individual try and scores from Fraser Mochrie, Andrew Whitelaw and Jamie Finlayson. The try highlights of the 2nd half were a bullocking run by Adam Scott who charged through the visitors’ defence to score under the posts and a brace of tries from Ross Tulloch including a long distance sprint through the Linden defence to score a well deserved try.
The final score of 84-0 reflected the superiority of the home side on the day and they did play well with some excellent direct running and good support play a feature of the performance.
Despite early morning efforts to get the 2nd XV pitch playable, it was impossible to clear the standing water and on safety grounds, their game had to be cancelled.
Jack Frame; David Martin, Mark Green, Aidan Rennison, Ross Plenderleith; Andrew Whitelaw, Struan McLean; Adam Scott, Stuart Cunningham, Colin Devlin; Neil Lockhart, Fraser Mochrie; Euan Mochrie (captain), Kieran Cochrane and Mark Caddle.
Subs – Euan Gunn, Andrew Archer, Jamie Finlayson and Ross Tulloch.