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S3s Taken to Wire by NBHS but hold on to make it Three Wins in a Row!

Linlithgow Academy S3  44 – 34  North Berwick HS S3

Saturday 27 February 2016

The S3s took on their North Berwick High School counterparts at Mains Park on Saturday and turned in another strong performance.   With the teams well matched, this highly competitive and entertaining match went down to the wire.  The Young Reds were leading by 37-34 and as the game went into the final minute, either side could have won with a try.  It was the Young Reds who triumphed, scoring with the last play of the game to run out winners by a score of 44-34.  The Young Reds have won their last three matches, scoring 160 points in total – an excellent sequence of results.

Reds Fall Just Short but Can Hold Heads High with Great Performance

Ross High School s3  20 – 19  Linlithgow Academy s3

Saturday 23 January 2016

The S3s (U15s) travelled to Tranent on Saturday to play against Ross High with only 15 souls and no subs.  Playing down hill, with a cross wind, in the first half they played some smart, professional rugby and pinned their opponents, for the majority of the half, back and scored 2 tries through Ruardih and Al,  to Ross High’s one.  This made the half time score 12 to Ross High and 14 to Linlithgow with 2 conversions made by Fraser and Struan.

They turned around and immediately defended the pressure of attack after attack with prolonged period of defence in the Linlithgow 22 and some strong tackling and mauling leaving the visitors with nothing to show for their efforts for 15 minutes.  Ross High then scored  another break away try, after Linlithgow forced them back into their own half, and this was equalled out by a great score from Ruardih again, playing at the unfamiliar Stand Off berth for him, after some strong forward play moving from ruck to ruck.  Both of these scores went unconverted making the score 17 to Ross High and 19 to Linlithgow.

With 5 minutes left Linlithgow delivered another great attack up the hill to be awarded a penalty from the resulting break down due to another Ross High infringement.  The right game sense approach was to kick to touch and then have the resulting throw to the line out to kill time and keep possession.  Somehow, bravely, but foolishly it was decided to run the penalty where possession was lost on the far side of the field where we failed to kick the ball into touch.  Ross High then managed to trundle down the pitch again from ruck to ruck with some great defending and tackling by the Linlithgow boys for another infringement to be given, in Ross High’s favour, 30 yards in front of the post.  After some quick maths by Ross High, and maturity of decision making, they opted for the penalty in front of the posts and duly slotted the winner making the final score 20 Ross High 19 Linlithgow.

This was a fantastic effort by all 15 of the boys who all fought hard for each other and played one of the best games of the S3s time.  Every “man” tackled, rucked and fought for each other.  They were/are a credited to themselves.

The learning from this game, which will stay with them and not happen again, is to play safe, sensible, percentage rugby when you only have a few minute left on the clock and see  the time out and keep possession!  Next time, and there will be one, all of the boys will know the move to take.

Great heart and team spirit showed by everyone single one of them making their coaches very proud!