Match Report – Sat 23rd Jan
Red Stags v Ross High
On a calm still Saturday morning the Red Stags welcomed Ross High to Linlithgow Academy.
The Red Stags got off to a fast start as Cameron was put clear by some quick hands across the pitch and a fine run to the line to score by the side of the posts Samuel added the extras. Ross High soon hit back with a try down the middle of the pitch from a ruck which reduced the Red Stags lead to only two points. The game then settled down into a battle of defences with both teams working hard to resist the other a clean break by the Ross High captain was closed down just short of the Red Stags line with a good cover tackle by Darren and Andrew M.
Half time score Red Stags 7 – 5 Ross High
The second half started quickly for the Red Stags with Andrew M crashing over with a couple of defenders hanging on to him. From the restart some good hands and off loads gave the chance for James to crash over by the side of the posts. He grabbed a second minutes later again finishing a fine team move to put him clear to gallop over wide out Samuel adding the extras. The two quick scores gave the Red Sags a rush of confidence. The team kept the ball alive saw Ryan bust a couple of tackles and score wide out again Samuel added the extras. Ross High had been hit with three quick scores and to their credit they never gave in.
Alex was next to score as good hands put him into space and with pace and power he crossed by the posts again Samuel added the extras. The final play of the game was called by the ref and the call went around the Red Stags to keep the ball alive and from deep in their own half some good hands, great support play and offloading took the Red Stags up the pitch for a final try well finished by the posts by Nathan, which Samuel converted.
A quick word for our Kicker Samuel who converted 6 from 7 possible kicks with a couple close to the touch line keep up the good work.
Final Score Red Stags 47 – 5 Ross High
Great team performance which was good to watch by all who came to the match. Good communication on the pitch with lots of talking to each other and putting into practise what we have been doing in training. Earlier in the season Ross High had beaten us 34 – 12 so great to see how the squad is improving as the season moves on.
Match Report – Sat 9th Jan
Watsons v Red Stags
For the first match of the New Year the Red Stags had a tough away fixture at Watsons. On a cool damp morning the game kicked off with the Red Stags having the early pressure.
The opening score was well worked down the middle of the pitch from Watsons who opened a 7 point lead. A second try followed a few minutes later and it looked like being a long morning for the Red Stags.
The team showed great resilience and some good hands put Callum over wide out to get the Red Stags opening score.
Halftime score Watsonians12 – 5 Red Stags.
The second half started and Watsons crossed for another score. This only brought out the best play in the game for the Red Stags as they kept Watsons pinned in their own 22 for much of the half.
Finally after some good hands across the width of the pitch Kyle crashed over wide out for the Red Stags 2nd try. Straight from the restart good strong midfield running put Cameron free but he was halted by a three man tackle right on the Watsons line. Watsons grabbed another try and it looked like this may be the end of the Red Stags resistance but far from it.
After turning the ball over in midfield Nathan made a break and passed the ball to Jack who crossed out wide for another try leaving the scores at 24 to 15 with ten minutes to go. The Red Stags threw everything at the Watsons defence but they were well organised and kept their shape well to deny the Red Stags any further scores. In the last minute Watsons broke away and added a final score.
Full Time Watsons 31 – 15 Red Stags .
Playing one of the hardest fixtures in any season the guys could not be faulted for effort, application and working as a team. All the coaches were pleased with how the team performed and above all the guys putting into practise what we have been working on in training over many weeks.
Match Report – Sat 7th Nov
Musselburgh v Red Stags
On Saturday the Red Stags u16 team travelled away to Musselburgh for our first match for a couple of weeks. The rain was torrential and was a real first taste of winter rugby this season.
The match was played as a ten aside fixture with the Red Stags providing the host team with two players in each half to even the team number up. We also had on debut after a couple of seasons away Max playing for the Red Stags.
The game kicked off and right from the start the Red Stags gained posecession and carried the ball strongly. James opened with some good support play to score wide out. Straight from the re start the Red Stags offloaded a couple of times and James again showed pace and power to score out wide Samuel adding the extras.
A third try was not long in coming as from the kick off and a couple of rucks Darren broke free and raced away from half way to score to the side of the posts Samuel adding the extras. Musselburgh then hit back with a well worked try which got them up and running in the game.
Cameron was next to score for the Red Stags as he collected a ball in his own half and when most players stopped for a referee whistle that never came he ran clear to score to the side of the posts. Darren then crossed for his second try of the match after some good off loading with Samuel adding the extras. Musselburgh got the final score of the first half with a good try from Jack who was a Red Stag guesting in the first half.
Half time score: Musselburgh 10 – 31 Red Stags
The second half began still in pouring rain and Darren was on hand to complete a hat trick of tries when a well worked chip over the defence from Samuel allowed Darren to speed onto the ball collect and score by the posts Samuel adding the extras. Musselburgh to their credit then had their best spell in the game and hit back with a couple of tries.
Jack was the next Red Stags try scorer showing great pace on the wing to finish after some good hands across the field. Nathan grabbed the next score powering over with defenders on his back after the Red Stags had moved rapidly up-field. James then completed his hat-trick by busting down the middle to finish by the posts.
Tyler then got a good try for Musselburgh as a guest scoring wide out with pace after some good hands across the pitch. Nathan got his second with a catch, run and trade-mark dummy put him free to race along the touch line to score from half way he added the extras himself.
Final score Musselburgh 32 – 64 Red Stags
Given the weather some great play from the Red Stags, especially off loading, running at pace, rucking and defence. It was also great to see the guys using what we had trained hard at during the week in the game and let’s hope this continues as we head into a run of matches.
Match Report – Sat 29th Aug
Red Stags v St Columba’s
Saturday 29 August 2015
The recently formed Red Stags U16 team are a squad which has been put together by joining players from Linlithgow U16 and Grangemouth U16. The first match of the new season saw the team play host to St Columba’s on a warm bright morning at Mains Park.
The game kicked off and the Red Stags had a lot of early pressure making several half breaks but lacking a try scoring finish. St Columba’s where penned in their own half for long periods of the first half but defended well to keep the Red Stags at bay.
The first score came on about 25 minutes when St Columba’s intercepted a pass on half way and raced the half pitch length to score by the Linlithgow posts the conversion was then added.
The Red Stags fought back well and again camped down into the St Columba’s half and just before half time were rewarded with a good score from a scrum. Nathan took the ball from the back of the scrum beat a couple of defenders before putting Gregor who was running at pace through a gap to score under the posts. Conversion by Samuel was successful.
Half time Red Stags U16 7 – 7 St Columba’s U16
The second half was a much more even affair with both teams showing strong defence to keep most of the play in the centre of the pitch. The Red Stags scored next after Darren picked up a loose ball just over half way beat a couple of defenders with power and footwork and raced to score by the posts taking the score to 12- 7.
St Columba’s fought back strongly and after a period of sustained pressure scored a try after several off loads left the Red Stags short in defence so entering the last 5 minutes the game was tied at 12 all.
At this stage in the match and being so early season energy levels in both teams were running low but it was the Red Stags who with some good hands released Gregor who finished speedily wide out in the last minute of the game.
Final score: Red Stags 17 – 12 St Columba’s
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Coaches View: All the coaches were impressed with the work rate and effort of the team. Still loads to work on in training as the players get to know each other and some new players settle in and fitness levels improve as the season progresses.
U16s welcome touring teams
Friday 3rd April
Linlithgow 0 Birkenhead Park 5
The Reds took to the field for their first evening game for a long time as we welcomed Birkenhead Park RFC as part of their Scottish tour.
The game was a tough physical encounter with both teams putting in some big tackles and smothering defence. The first quarter the Reds were camped deep in the opponents 22 but could not find a way of putting points on the board. The only score of the game came when after a series of penalties Birkenhead managed to maul a guy over the line for the only try in the game.
The second half saw a more even game in terms of field position but clean breaks were in short supply for both teams. As the clock ran on Birkenhead had more field position and put pressure on the Reds line but again could not cross. The young Reds then had a late spell camped in the Birkenhead 22 but again failed to cross and the game finished when a penalty awarded to Birkenhead was kicked off the pitch.
Coaches’ view: Lots of effort from the guys especially in defence coupled with some great work at the scrum. The area we needed to be sharper was attack as we lost a lot of ball to knock ons and did not off load enough to give Birkenhead problems.
Sunday 12th April
Linlithgow 17 Doncaster 32
Our second tour game we welcomed Doncaster, we had quite a few players missing so we were thankful to borrow a couple of guest players from Doncaster to ensure the game could go ahead.
Doncaster grabbed an early lead with a try and conversion but some good hands from the Reds saw Nathan finish wide out for the Reds first try as the Reds hit back. The rest of the half was pity even with half breaks from both teams only to be stopped by good last ditch tackles. Just before half time saw a few hand bags being thrown and the break came at the right time to cool tempers.
Half time Reds 5 Doncaster 7
The second half started and the hand bags continued so both teams were told to focus on rugby and nothing else. Doncaster scored next and soon added another taking the score to take a Doncaster 12 point lead. Samuel then stripped the ball in open play close to the Doncaster line and crashed over by the side of the post with Kieran adding the extras. The Reds then were held up over the line but could not ground the ball. Lots of subs were used in this part of the match and Doncaster coped better with this and ran in three tries and one conversion during this time.
U16s in Shield Action – Sunday 15th March
Linlithgow U16 12 – 45 Portaburgh U16
The Reds took to the field after a number of weeks without a match due to bad weather and a long injury list of players. The game was played in near perfect conditions for rugby with cool calm conditions and a soft pitch.
The Reds opened strongly and soon had Portaburgh on the back foot with strong running from our forwards. After a few phases of play Kieran crashed his way through a couple of tackles before touching down giving the Reds a 5 to nil lead.
Portaburgh scored next with some good hands across the pitch saw them cross wide out to level the scores. They then got the next score to take the lead with again good hands across the field and a try wide out. The next few minutes then saw defences on top with both sides having good tackles to prevent further scores. The Reds then had some good hands across the field before a kick through saw Shaun racing on to the ball and gathering from thirty metres out before going under the posts Kieran adding the extras.
Half time Linlithgow U16 12 – 10 Portaburgh U16
The second half belonged to Portaburgh who ran with pace power and good hands to score several unanswered tries to give a final score of 12 to 45. The second half saw a number of subs coming on for the Reds with Andrew G, Cameron and Andrew coming on as replacements for injured players. Portaburgh had more experienced replacements and this really showed as the game neared its end.
It was good to get a game after so many weeks being unable to play. Lots of work for the guys to do in training mid-week as in the changing room after the match there was an air of disappointment over the second half showing. The coaching team have asked for full attendance this week at training with the hope of being outside again with better weather forecast. This is ahead of our next game in the completion which will be a quarter final knock out match.
U16s in Shield Action
Linlithgow U16 22 – 40 BATS
Playing in the worst weather and pitch conditions we have had all season both teams produced a good game of rugby despite the conditions. The Reds opened strongly and Kieran crashed over for an early try.
BATS hit back with two quick tries to edge into the lead as sleet and snow began to fall. The Reds pack where doing well at the set pieces and following a lineout Kieran again crashed over from short range before adding the conversion. Some good tackles prevented BATS from scoring again in particular a try saving effort from Aidan who tackled the BATS winger into touch. The Reds then took the lead on the run up to half time with Kieran again bursting clear to finish his hat trick and give the Reds a slender half time lead.
Half Time Linlithgow 17 – 14 BATS
The second half saw the Reds playing into a strengthing wind and with a number of changes both enforced through injuries and the need to give guys game time. The first ten minutes of the second half effectively decided the game as BATS ran in three tries to build a match winning lead. Despite some desperate defence the Reds struggled to keep the visitors at bay giving the visitors a lead of 17 – 33 15 minutes into the half.
A few patched up players returned to the field for the Reds and most of the replacements had then got into the speed of the game which allowed Ryan to score a well taken try up the middle on debut for the under 16 team.
Final score of Reds 22 – 40 BATS
Coach’s view was a lot of effort from all the boys given the conditions the game was played in. We had 5 regular players not available so our subs where all younger players whom I sure would have learnt a lot from playing in the conditions today. BATS just had stronger replacement guys who joined the game as they had injured players and this was the main difference today. Thanks to John Petrie for referring the game.
U16s edged out in 50 point thriller
Linlithgow U16 21 – 31 Heriots
On a bright crisp afternoon the young Reds welcomed Heriots to Mains Park for a match with both teams pushing for top five slots in the league.
The Reds opened brightly and immediately put Heriots on the back foot. Some good hands in midfield saw Ciarnan put into space, his pace and power then did the rest as he beat a number of defenders to touch down to the side of the post. Kieran added the extras.
Heriots hit back quickly with two quick tries and a conversion to move into a 5 point lead. The rugby played by both sides was fast and furious with play moving up and down the pitch rapidly. The Reds kept their line in tact on several occasions with some good last ditch defence.
Heriots then scored another try and looked to be in control as half time approached. With time running out in the half some good passing and running allowed Shaun to break clear to score a try close to the posts. Once again Kieran added the extras.
Half time: Linlithgow U16 14 – 19 Heriots
The second half saw Heriots up the pace a bit more but the Reds defended well. They also asked questions of the Heriots defence when in attack. Heriots grabbed the next score and the 12 point gap looked a big ask for the Reds with time running out.
A great break by Gregor saw the Reds move deep into the Heriots half and some quick thinking from a Reds penalty saw Kieran dive over wide out and then slotted the conversion. This brought it back to a 5 point game.
The Reds had a couple of half chances over the next five minutes and maybe on another day we could have grabbed another score which with time running out may have won the game. However it was Heriots who grabbed the final score of the afternoon just before full time.
Final score of Linlithgow U16 21 – 31 Heriots
Well done to the three S3 boys on debut for the under16s this afternoon Andrew, Steven and Ryan.
Coaches view. Very pleased with the effort and the fact that the team fought back twice in the match. More work still required on defence and also decision making around rucks but overall a great team effort against a team who we have struggled against in the past.
U16s bounce back at Lasswade
Lasswade U16 0 – 41 Linlithgow U16
On a bright breezy autumn day the Reds travelled to Lasswade for their latest league game keen to put last week’s disappointing result behind them. Prior to the game the coaching team had decided to give the guys full responsibility for all the pre match warm up. The squad responded well to this and the warm up was a big improvement over what has been seen recently.
The game kicked off with the Reds playing with a strong wind at their backs and immediately had Lasswade pinned back deep in their own half. Samuel, backing up well following a break from Shaun, touched down out wide.
After some good hands with the ball moved across the pitch Shaun was put in space and ran freely down the wing to cross under the posts, Kieran added the extras. The Young Reds then scored again quickly after the restart, Shaun joining the line from full back used his pace and power to run clear of the defence. Kieran slotted the conversion.
Half Time Lasswade U16 0 – 19 Linlithgow U16
Playing into the wind in the 2nd half the team followed the coaches’ instructions to keep the ball in hand and not to kick possession away. This worked well just a few minutes in when some quick hands got Shaun free again who came into the line at pace to finish under the posts completing his hat-trick. Kieran added the extras.
Kieran grabbed a try himself when he gathered a ball just outside his own 22 and weaved past a couple of defenders before running clear to the line. Kye, just back from injury, was next to cross after he backed up well to grab a try.
The Reds then had to defend their own line as Lasswade launched some late attacks. This in particular pleased the coaches as even though the game was won the full team battled well to keep their line intact. Following this a turn over ball in midfield was passed to Darren who broke the line to sprint away for the Reds final score on the day.
Final score Lasswade U16 0 – 41 Linlithgow U16
Coach’s view on the day was the warm up was improved and so the team started very quickly in the game. The team bounced back well after a disappointing performance last week with some good work both in defence and attack.
Disappointing away trip for the young reds
Watsonians 47 – 19 Linlithgow
This fixture has been a tricky one with an earlier than normal kick off and a last second change of venue which nearly got missed. This drama continued when we got to the ground and during warm up we were informed Watsonians were short of players.
The match kicked off and the Reds struggled in defence in particular wide out and this gave Watsonians three quick scores to lead 15 – 0 early on. The Reds then began to the move the ball and a couple of powerful runs by Samuel, Kieran and Ciarnan did take us deep into the Watsonians half. We did struggle to break a strong Watsonians defence and quick hands and direct running lead to two further Watson tries. Just as the half was drawing to a close Kieran was rewarded for a strong break with a try which gave the Reds some hope for the second half.
Half time score Watsonians 27 Reds 5
The second half the boys moved the ball better and had more clean breaks in open play. This was rewarded with a powerful try from Ciarnan who bust a couple of tackles to cross by the side of the posts with Kieran adding the extras. Darren then showed pace and power to outrun several defenders to score under the posts with again Kieran adding the extras. Unfortunately for the Reds this was mere consolation as Watsonians ran in further scores to leave the final result Watsonians 47 – Reds 19
The Coaches view was of disappointment for the guys as up to this fixture the guys have played well in most of the fixtures this season but today was a low point. We have asked the players to warm up with more intensity and quality as we feel this has been lacking in the last two fixtures. Training has been going well so it should be an easy fix for the squad ahead of our next fixture against Lasswade next Sunday.
Reds and BATS share spoils
Linlithgow U16 5 – 5 BATS
On a bright near perfect day the Reds welcomed BATS for a rearranged Edinburgh District league fixture. Much of the first quarter of the game was contested in the middle of the pitch with both sides not really gaining ground. Dropped ball and forward passes where the main feature from both sides leading to a succession of scrums on or around half way.
The second quarter of the half the Reds had BATS pinned back within their own 22 for long periods and a couple of half breaks by Ciarnan, Ross T and Aidan could have lead to tries if we had managed to support the ball carrier a little closer. The forwards had to work hard given the number of scrums which occurred and all credit to them they more than held their own against what was a bigger heavier pack of forwards from BATS.
Half time score Reds 0 Bats 0
The second half was a continuation with both defences very much on top but BATS began to gain more ground and had several good attacking positions within the Reds half. It was from one of these with only 8 minutes remaining that Bats grabbed a try with a guy crashing over through a number of tacklers. The extras were missed.
With a great spirit the Reds never gave it up and from the restart some good hands and a burst from Aidan took us well into the Bats half. The ball was then recycled a couple of times and again good hands back across the field saw Kieran run strongly into the opposition 22 and crash over the line with a couple of BATS defenders trying to stop him. Unfortunately the conversion attempt fell just short. With 3 minutes left on the clock from the restart the Reds started to make ground again but a determined BATS defence saw the game finish all square.
The result see the U16 team hold onto 2nd place in the league, having played 2 games more then Dunbar in third.
From the coaches point of view it was great to see the team battle back with so little time on the clock to gain a well-deserved draw. Warm up was a little flat so the boys need to up the tempo here for the next fixture. In training this week we will also be working on line speed in defence to pick that up a little and carrying the ball at pace when attacking.
U16s win away @ Forrester
Forrester U16 12 – 17 Linlithgow U16
The match at Forrester was played in testing conditions with a combination of rain and a strong wind blowing down the pitch. The Reds had the benefit of the strong wind in the first half and this combined with some good defence meant that Forrester were kept in their own half for long periods of the first half.
The Reds first try came from a good break down the middle from Callum which set up the opportunity for Kieran to force his way over through a pile of defenders to score. The next phase of the game was made up of many scrums and handling errors on both sides as the conditions made it tricky to get consistent play. Our forwards worked hard in the scrums all afternoon taking many against the head and pushing Forrester off their own ball.
The second Reds try came just before half time when some good hands across the pitch was finished at pace by Shaun who touched down by the side of the post. Forrester hit back just on the break when some good hands and strong runs gave them a score in the last move of the half.
Half time score Forrester 5 Reds 10.
The second half was going to prove a testing time with the option of kicking out of trouble restricted by the strong wind blowing in the faces of the team. Again here a lot of the play was in the middle of the pitch with both defences cancelling each other out in attack. The Reds then made a crucial breakthrough as some strong running from Aidan and Ciarnan took us into midfield then a kick chased onto by Shaun had the defence going backwards the ball was fly hacked into the in goal area of Forrester and Shaun won a footrace to touch down close to the posts. Kieran added the extras and this gave the Reds a lead to defend for the remainder of the game.
The Reds did this with some great tackles by all the team and it kept Forrester at bay right to the final couple of minutes when they crossed for a try to give a final score of Forrester 12 Reds 17.
All credit to the squad today for playing with lots of effort in tricky weather conditions. While some of the free flowing rugby seen in recent matches was missing today the squad proved that we can scrap with the opponents when the game is tight and disjointed. We now have a run of weekly fixtures weather permitting right into early December.
U16s make it 3 wins in a row
Murrayfield Wanderers U16 7 – 75 Linlithgow U16
Sunday 4th October
A bright windy day saw the Reds make the short trip to the national stadium to take on Murrayfield Wanders. Our guys got the chance to experience a match on the artificial pitch which is similar to the surface the club is currently installing in the new training facility.
Playing with the strong wind in the first half the Reds started quickly and some good hands saw Sean cross wide out for the opening score. Re starts were proving tricky against the strong wind and Ciarnan was next to score following a short re start which was quickly recycled allowing Ciarnan to run through a gap and score wide out. Callum got the next Reds score as he supported well down the right to crash over again out wide.
For the next score the Red demonstrated good hands down the line leaving Ewan to finishing well with pace in the corner. Sean grabbed his second of the game when joining the line wide out he showed his pace and grounded the ball close in to the posts allowing Grergor to add the extras. Ewan then grabbed his second of the afternoon again finishing off some great handling to score close to the posts Gregor tagging on the extras.
Half Time Murrayfield Wanderers U16 0 Linlithgow U16 34
The halftime team talk was about practising what we have been doing in training and playing the conditions so minimal kicking and short passes playing into the strong wind.
Kieran opened the scoring to the second half with a powerful run and finish in the right corner. Gregor was next with a side stepping run beating a couple of players before diving over again wide out on the right. Callum got his second of the afternoon with a short range effort crashing through a pile of defenders to touch down.
Murrayfield then grabbed a deserved try following a long wind assisted kick down field. Sean completed his hat trick in some style when fielding a deep kick well in his own 22. He then went on a side stepping run beating countless defenders before speeding away to score under the posts. Gregor added the extras. Ewan was the second young Red to complete a hat rick with another pacey finish after some good handling across the Reds back line.
Final score Murrayfield 7 Linlithgow 75
The coaching team where well pleased with the teams efforts especially the number of tries which were scored in the outside channels. It was also nice to see a good variety in the Reds play and to see training ground practise being used in the match. Thanks to the parents who help take the boys thorough to Edinburgh.
Well done to Murrayfield also who stuck at it during the game and whose many new players showed up well.
Linlithgow U16 82 – 7 Penicuik U16
Sunday 28th September
Reds Bounce Back against Portaburgh
Linlithgow u16 33 – 5 Portaburgh u16
Sunday 21 September 2014
n a red hot afternoon the Reds took to the field hoping to bounce back after last week’s match against Biggar. The early exchanges took place between the two twenty twos with good defence on both sides limiting chances. Some good quick hands from the Reds saw Ciernan find some space and with a burst of power he crossed for the opening score, Gregor adding the extras. Kyle was next to score for the reds with again some good off loads and passing he was able to cross near to the posts with Gregor converting. At half time the score was Reds 14 Portabrough 0
The heat and pace of the game was beginning to be a factor so a couple of half time subs came on and the message from the coaches was same again guys for the second half. The first score in the second half was going to be crucial and it was the Reds who grabbed it with some good offloads and passing from turnover ball in their own half eventually lead to Kyle grabbing his second try stretching out to score whilst being tackled.
Portabrough then had a couple of half chances before going over for a try and this lifted their sprits causing the Reds to work overtime in defence. Kieran then came up with a great solo try weaving past a number of defenders, evading a couple of tackles before touching down Gregor adding the extras. The final score just on full time came from Ciernan got the ball just over half way beat a couple of defenders before running through a gap to score his second of the afternoon.
Final score Reds 33 Portobrough 5
Coaches views great team performance today with a lot of go forward in attack. Defence worked hard but still some improvements to be made to make the line more organised. A quick mention for Sean playing fullback for the first time he looked like a seasoned campaigner.
Squad: Sean, Darren, Ciernan, Nathan, Ross N, Gregor, Fraser, Scott, Callum F, Samuel, Alex, Callum L, Lewis, Kyle, Kieran, Calhan, Ross T
Reds Continue in Fine Fettle with Another Good Win
Linlithgow u16 39 – 5 Preston Lodge u16
Sunday 07 September 2014
Report by Anthony Timlin:
Our first home match of the season saw us playing Preston Lodge and with a number of regular players missing we had to make some wholesale changes before the team could take to the field. We had three backs playing in the pack due to shortage in the forwards and we had Sean on debut on the wing for the team so a big thank you to the guys who had to fill slots to allow the game to take place.
The Reds had a quick start in the game and following a turnover Ciernan scored with a powerful burst down the left after some good passing. Next Fraser backed up well to finish a flowing move again down the left to score close in to the posts. The Reds third score was again on turnover ball a scramble of bodies on the PL line where Samuel dived on a loose ball to claim another Reds try.
PL then hit back with a try of their own after trying to bust the Reds line on several occasions. On debut and after being told to run out wide Sean burst powerfully down the left and scored wide out much to the delight of the coaching team on the day with Gregor adding the extras.
As half time was approaching a good midfield kick from Keiran was chased down by Gregor who re gathered off the ground and he finished well close to the posts. This gave us a half time score of Reds 27 PL 5
With no subs available for either side, the Reds coaches tweaked a couple of things at half time but again the team remained focused and looking for more scores. Ross T scored from close range with his trade-mark show and go before diving over to score. Next was a great team try which started in the Reds half before several off loads and good hands put Sean away on the left hand side and his pace and power did the rest for a great team score by the posts Gregor adding the extras.
We then had an injury to a PL player, so fair play to Ewan he evened the teams up by playing the last 15 minutes for PL. This encouraged Pl to score two more tries themselves before the Reds finished with a try from Nathan who stretched out to reach for the line while being tackled.
The match on the day finished Reds 44 PL 15 but after chatting to the ref and the rules of the competition the score officially will be Reds 39 PL 5 as this was the score just before Ewan joined PL as they had lost a player through injury.
A great team performance given the number of players we had playing new positions for the first time. This showed a lot of maturity from the guys as the number of options we had as a coaching team where limited given the spread of available players we had for the match yet nobody moaned or complained the team just got on with the task in hand.
Rampant Reds Run in 11 Tries
Dalkeith 8 Linlithgow 69
Sunday 31 August 2014
Sunday was the first match of the new season and saw the Reds travel to Dalkeith for a match in glorious hot conditions. The Reds looked well up for the game in the pre match warm up which lasted just about an hour with all the guys working hard and indeed they started the game quickly and got an early try in the corner from Ross T. This was converted from wide out by Keiran soon after the restart the Reds scored again through Kye who finished off a move which went through a number of phases of play. Ross T then grabbed his second try of the match which again came as a result of some good passing down the Reds right hand side Gregor adding the extras. Dalkeith got on the score sheet with a penalty but this was cancelled out by another well worked try from Keiran who burst through with speed and power to score just on half time.
Halftime Dalkeith 3 Reds 26.
Playing down the slight slope in the second half and with the heat of the day being felt all round the Reds confidence grew and some great scores resulted. Matthew went with great pace for a sixty meter try. Callum L added another under a pile of bodies over the Dalkeith line with Gregor adding the extras. Ciarnan was next on the score sheet with a trademark powerful run to the line Dalkeith then had a try of their own leaving the score at Dalkeith 8 Reds 43.
The last fifteen minutes were very pleasing for the coaches as the Reds did not drop their intensity and Callum F was rewarded with a short range try shortly followed by Kyle after a good break from Nathan, Gregor adding the extras. Ciarnan grabbed his second of the match after good defence forced a turnover in mid field, Gregor adding the extras. Euan completed the scoring just before the final whistle jinking past defenders on his way over the line, Gregor adding the extras.
Our best first game of the season in a long time and with all the squad playing a part it was a team performance that got us the result. Bits and pieces still to work on but a great start to our league campaign.