REDS GO NAP TO RUN IN TEN TRIES
Linlithgow 64 – 12 Leith
Saturday 03 October 2015
Although the visitors, Leith, are a division below Linlithgow, they were lying third in BT East League 2 so the home side would not be able to take anything for granted. The Reds, still missing several players through injury, had selected three players in the squad who had played in last season’s Academy XV – although the two locks, Stuart Jamieson and Charlie Gillanders, added years of experience to the side.
From the kick off Linlithgow took the game to the visitors and almost scored from their first attack but Jack Frame was bundled into touch near the corner. It wasn’t long before the first score and it came from Josh Hares in the corner following good forwards play, the difficult conversion missed. Hares soon grabbed his second in similar style, the conversion also going wide.
Linlithgow were dominant in all departments, Leith unable to clear their lines and the forwards demonstrated their superiority when Charlie Gillanders came up with the ball after another forwards try. This time Jack Frame slotted the kick over.
Garry Anderson, normally in the scrum found himself out on the wing today and he scored the fourth try under the posts, leaving an easy kick for Frame. This took the score to a comfortable 24-0 lead to Linlithgow.
After such an explosive first part to the first half, the Reds could not quite maintain this intensity and, as the game moved towards the interval, play concentrated in midfield. The home side were not finished yet, however, and a break by Stuart Cunningham took the play forward. He was well supported by Jack Frame. He passed to Charlie Gillanders who ran to touch down under the posts. Frame added the conversion to take the half-time score to 31-0.
At half time, another of the home side’s young players, Steven Grant came on for his debut.
Ten minutes into the second half, the visitors showed that they were not entirely done and their winger chipped the ball over the Linlithgow centres, running round to collect his own kick and to dive under the posts for an excellent score. The two points were added. This woke up the Reds and, five minutes later, Dougie Thomson surged forward. He was ably supported by flanker, Josh Hares, who notched his hat-trick, leaving Frame again to add the conversion.
Soon after, Dougie Thomson broke forward again. This time he passed out wide to winger Rory McAdam whose speed took him into the corner on his debut for the Firsts. Jack Frame was unable to convert the difficult kick but the score was now a home lead of 43-7.
The Reds were completely on top and Euan Mochrie followed up his debut the previous week with his first try for the Firsts and pick of the day after some superb inter-passing between Dougie Thomson, Ross Martin, Charlie Gillanders and Stuart Cunningham – the scoring pass being a sublime offload from “Sonny Bill” Cunningham! Frame was successful this time with the conversion.
Stuart Cunningham was now playing at centre and he burst forward to add to the lead. This time, from far out wide Frame added an excellent conversion.
With five minutes to go, the Edinburgh side to their credit piled upfield and passed the ball quickly along their backs to create a two-man overlap and an easy score in the corner, although the kick proved too far out to convert. Leith continued to win friends with their positive attitude when the referee called last play. Spurning the chance to kick the ball out to end the game, Leith took a tap to try to take something more from the game. Linlithgow, however, were just as determined and they won the ball back. Jack Frame used his speed to race round the defence and score behind the posts. He then completed the move by drop-kicking the conversion to bring up a fine home victory, 64-12, racking up a personal tally of 19 points.
Jack Frame; Fraser Mochrie, Chris Bredin, Stuart Bell and Garry Anderson; Dougie Thomson and Robbie Thomson; Euan Mochrie, Stuart Cunningham and Calum McKeown; Stuart Jamieson and Charlie Gillanders; Craig Scott, Josh Hares and Ross Martin. Subs: John Pauley, Graeme McCallum, Steven Grant and Rory McAdam.