Young Reds Claim Four Wins
Saturday 5th March 2022
It was another good day at the office for the Young Reds as the teams claimed four wins across five matches. Pride of place must go to the U16s who beat a very strong and physical Boroughmuir Super 6 Academy team 15-12 in a tight and enthralling contest.
Young Reds U16 in Impressive Win over Boroughmuir
Linlithgow 15 – 12 Boroughmuir
Saturday 12 March 2022
This Edinburgh Cup fixture pitted the Young Reds against one of the strongest u16 squads in Scotland, as they were up against the Super 6 Academy side from Boroughmuir.
It was a glorious sunny but cold morning at Mains Park when the game kicked off at 10-30am. From the outset it was obvious that the Young Reds were up against a very powerful side, but that didn’t phase the Linlithgow youngsters as they matched their opponents in both physicality and commitment. Where they did have the edge though, was in teamwork, supporting each other both in attack and defence and lifting themselves to a new level.
All the game’s points came in the first half, with Jack and Caiden scoring two excellent tries and Fraser converting one and adding a penalty, to counter the two tries and one conversion from the visitors. Jack’s try came when he picked up a loose ball just outside the Boroughmuir 22 in midfield, before setting off on a mazy run through half the opposition team before diving over the whitewash. Caiden’s was more direct, but every bit as classy, as the full back fielded a clearance kick near halfway, running back at the visitors before putting up a high kick up over the defence and taking his own kick on the full and in traffic, before crashing over for a great try.
The second half was equally absorbing and no less exciting, despite there being no further points in the match. Great cover and scramble defence from the Young Reds was their hallmark in the second half and they finished the game as strongly as they had started it – a great credit to their teamwork, determination and fitness.
S2s Make it 3 from 3 This Season against North Berwick
Linlithgow 24 – 16 North Berwick
Match report by Phil McCavish
Saturday saw the third match of the season for the S2 Young Reds against North Berwick. By kick off the sun had eased the early morning frost leaving pretty much ideal playing conditions. Based upon our two previous games, the young reds knew to expect a strong physical contest with North Berwick seeking to use their size advantage up front.
After an even start and despite good defending from the reds, North Berwick scored first after a period of sustained pressure. This sparked the reds into life who then scored two unanswered tries through Hamish and Aiden, with Jack and Aiden adding the additional points through the conversions.
The scrums in the first half were pretty even, with the reds able to cope with the size differential. The referee ensured a strict application of Law 19, providing a thorough understanding of the differences between league and union in how the ball should enter the scrum.
The reds were unfortunate not to increase their lead after a flowing passing move from their own half saw North Berwick narrowly avoid a third try by conceding a goal line drop out. North Berwick had further periods of pressure, but excellent work from the reds forwards on their own try line meant that were able to hold out the big North Berwick forwards from close range and the reds ended the half with a one try advantage.
The reds started the second half knowing that North Berwick would try to up their game and secure their first win of the 3 match series. Great work at the breakdown and our speed at getting the ball away from the ruck meant that the reds were able to leverage their superiority with ball in hand and remain in control of the scoreboard with Hamish, Liam and Jack all scoring tries and Aiden adding the conversions.
North Berwick scored a couple of tries of their own in the second half, but a well-deserved victory was sealed when Aiden scored another try in the final play of the game to seal our third win of the season against North Berwick.
Special mention goes to Cameron and Finlay who made their debuts on Saturday, both did superbly well given the physicality of the opposition – we’re looking forward to seeing them in a reds shirt again soon along with our other new joiners.