Two Late Tries Sink Reds
Linlithgow 7 – 26 Portobello
Saturday 13 October 2018
More team selection headaches last week as experienced full back Rab Cairns was unavailable, and number 8 Mark Caddle pulled out late on with a leg injury. This created a late reshuffle in the pack and a first appearance on the Reds’ bench for Finbar Conway.
Linlithgow began the game with purpose, and for the first 15 minutes were camped in the opposition 22. However, converting chances has been a problem so far this season and this was no different, although Linlithgow did actually ground the ball through Mark Green during that phase, but the ref was the wrong side of the pile. The home side also declined a penalty in a scoring position, wasting the opportunity at the line out.
A further penalty was declined in a scoring position before finally Cameron Dori-Muir bundled the ball over the line, converted by Aidan Rennison to give the Reds a 7-0 lead.
After that, Portobello came more into the game and Linlithgow had to defend for long periods. The visitors opened their account with a try in the corner, the conversion hitting the post. There was more pressure from the visitors, and they nearly scored a second try but the ball was knocked on. As half time approached, Portobello had the chance to go into the lead but the penalty went wide. Half-time score 7-5 for the Reds.
As the second half began, Portobello were the first on the attack and they soon took the lead with a converted try. Even at this stage, neither team had looked world-beaters and Linlithgow should have gone on to win the game with the amount of possession they had.
Half way through the half play was suspended as Aidan Rennison took a hefty knock to the face. At least he was able to walk off the pitch. From a home side point of view the last 20 minutes were frustrating to say the least. Plenty opportunities were wasted by either poor passing or fumbling the ball in contact. In contrast, when Portobello got the ball they made it count and ran in 2 converted tries in the last 5 minutes. In the end a deserved win for Portobello, who dealt with the wet conditions better, although the final scoreline flattered them greatly.
Ross Tulloch; Ross Plenderleith, Aidan Rennison, Mark Green, Lewis Herdman; Chris Ronalson, Peter Millar; Colin Devlin, Stuart Cunningham, Chris Archer; Kieran Cochrane, Steven Grant; Joe McKillion, Cal Thomson and Cameron Dori-Muir.
Subs: Lachlan McCall, PJ Singleton, Dougie Thomson and Finbar Conway.