U18 v trinity

Depleted Reds battle hard away at Trinity

The Reds only had thirteen players fit and available for the short trip to Trinity. It was agreed to start the game as a thirteen aside game and the early exchanges looked positive for the young Reds.   They opened the scoring with a try, from Aiden who gathered a Trinity kick just on half way and with a good line bust ran strongly to score, Gregor adding the extras.

Our hosts then had extra players to accommodate and the game was then changed to fifteen a side with the Reds picking up two guest players from Trinity.  The home team hit back just before half time with a try.

Half time:  Trinity u18 5 – 7 Linlithgow u18

The second half opened with the visitors having a long period of pressure down in the Trinity half. Trinity held out well close to their own line before Fraser dashed over close to the line from the side of a ruck.  Both teams battled each other well but having the ability to make more changes and bring fresh legs on it was Trinity who scored next with a converted try to level the scores level.

The match was up for grabs and the Reds again had a number of minutes camped on the Trinity line only to be held out by the home defence.   Trinity got the final score of the game a converted try.

Final score of Trinity u18 19 – 12 Linlithgow u18

Coaches view

Good effort from the available players especially given the number of positional changes the coaches had to make as well.  Our fitness held up well on a heavy pitch and the squad kept going to the end.  The coaching team are hoping to have a few players back for the Reds next fixture.