Linlithgow Academy Rugby Reports – Saturday 2nd September 2017
On Saturday, the school teams played their first Conference fixtures against Lasswade High School. There were wins for the S1s, S2s, S3s and u16s, although the S2 win was forfeited as we were short of numbers, Lasswade balancing the numbers so that everyone could get a game.
S1 Match Report
This was an evenly matched game in which both sides played some excellent rugby. This is an important transition from Mini to School rugby and it was encouraging to see the level of energy and enthusiasm displayed from both sides. For the record, Linlithgow recorded a win in this first conference fixture.
S2 Match Report
The S2s took on Lasswade having borrowed a couple of their squad to play a 13-a-side match. The Reds started strongly and a pick up near the line saw Finlay cross over for a converted try. Ross then intercepted at halfway to gallop over. After a disallowed try for a knock-on, Finlay picked up from the resulting scrum for a converted try. Lasswade then intercepted and ran in to score to make it 3-1 in tries.
A fine run saw Eddie score a converted try. Good passing saw another finish for Ross and a conversion. More possession saw Josh go for a run which Eddie finished off. After a good lineout, Murray saw a gap and ran in from halfway. With more possession, another try was chalked off but the team kept the pressure up and Eioan scored a converted try. 8-1 in tries at halftime and 5-1 in conversions.
Ross was back over the line soon after for a converted try. A great turnover saw the Reds back on the attack and Ross scored another which he converted. The score being 37-4.
Given the mainly one way traffic, the teams were then mixed up to help even up the play. Ross playing in the Lasswade colours and Josh traded 3 tries a piece with another for Eioan which Eddie converted much to his delight. It was a great way to finish an entertaining morning, with both sides enjoying their rugby.
S3 Match Report
This was a cracking match, with both teams playing some lovely flowing rugby. Lasswade have a fine strong team, with some excellent players, however the young Reds were once again up for the challenge and emerged 30-17 winners, with the try count at 5-3 in favour of the home side.
Lasswade were first on the scoreboard as their pacy and powerful centre ran the length of the field from set-piece ball deep in his own 22, swerving his way past a series of would be tacklers. This was the wake-up call for Linlithgow and two quick tries followed by a penalty kick put them 13-7 in front at the break.
The third quarter was all Linlithgow and a further two tries put them 23-7 up with 10 minutes to go. Both sides then traded tries, before a late Lasswade try from a mazy run by their stand-off completed the scoring, with Linlithgow running out deserved 30-17 winners.
Linlithgow U16 v Lasswade U16
First conference game of the season and we are met with a glorious sunny morning and a strong physical opposition.
Reds started the game well and scored in the first 5 minutes having created 7/8 phases of play. They then added to the lead with a well worked try off scrum ball. Lasswade then began to gain more possession and after some sterling defence by Linlithgow, scored in the corner.
Reds regrouped quickly and again put their hosts under pressure by playing with an up beat tempo and trying to use the whole width of the pitch. This concluded in another score this time under the posts. Lasswade rallied again and finished the half with another try using their bigger heavier forwards.
Second half was much the same with Linlithgow trying at all times to play an expansive game where Lasswade kept the game reasonably tight. Lasswade struck first but Linlithgow scored straight off the restart when Aidan Wan managed to get on the end of the drop kick and beat the defence to score under the posts.
Linlithgow continued to defend well and took any opportunity to run at their opposition creating many scoring chances but early season nerves and lack of patience meant chances were missed. Both teams exchange tries with 5 minutes to go and Linlithgow braved the final onslaught with Gregor McLean making two try saving cover tackles. Final score, a win for Linlithgow 31-24. Excellent start to the season with U16 (2 wins out of 2 matches).
Try – Struan Chilton, Fraser Hardstaff, Aidan Wan(2), Bailey Fisher. Con – Gregor McLean (3)