Young Reds Back in Action after 15 Months!
Saturday 5th June 2021
Rugby returned to Linlithgow on Saturday after nearly 15 months’ absence due to the pandemic. The Young Reds S1s and S2s travelled through to Lasswade to take on their Lasswade HS counterparts, while the S3s were at Mains Park, also against Lasswade HS.
Reports from all games conveyed the excitement of getting back to rugby and some cracking rugby was played over the 3 games.
The S3s became the first team to play at Mains Park since a Reds Select took on our French visitors from Plaisir Rugby Club back in March 2020.
S3 Match Report
Linlithgow 40 – 12 Lasswade
After such a wait, Linlithgow played their first game in over a year against their nemesis, Lasswade, who were their key conference competitor as the top team in league. As usual Lasswade had the size advantage with some big units that looked to challenge Linlithgow into a tight forward battle. The question was whether Linlithgow could handle this size advantage and play a more expansive game using the great passing and wide game to counter the rumbling forward play expected. The first 10 minutes proved that Linlithgow could handle themselves in the ruck (which Lasswade excel at), when time after time the Linlithgow pack punched through the Lasswade line retaining the ball and driving forward. With this great forward platform, which saw Linlithgow tipping the edge in the rucks and scrums, the open play all belonged to Linlithgow.
From this tries started to flow, first with Jack going over from Jake’s break after consistent pressure from all of the Linlithgow pack.
More pressure came in the 12 minute, where Linlithgow had multiple goes at the try line, with pressure finally being rewarded with Cammy going over with real power.
With a pre set move in the centres from phase one, Reece showed his skills with a real power move that blew the Lasswade back line away as he went in for the Reds’ third try. Fraser was on fire with his kicking converting all 3 tries.
With the first half coming to an end, the powerful Lasswade forwards got a try back reminding everyone that they were tough opponents and were not going to roll over and concede.
However, after the half-time break, normal service was resumed with the Young Reds piling on the pressure from which three more Reds’ tries emerged. The scorers were Jack, Caiden and Reece. Alfie making his debut as prop found himself in the centre. Without batting an eyelid he took the ball forward and with a beautifully delayed pass set up a try. What a first great game for Linlithgow.
Overall we out rucked, out scrummed Lasswade, who were one of the biggest and toughest opponents that we have played. Lewis, Cammy, Alfie and Captain Ryan led from the front. James, Owen and Jamie were the second row engine room and Euan, Jake, Johnny and Jack were everywhere. Oogs was spraying the ball around and Daniel was our fly-half quarterback. With Ruan, Charlie and Rory on the outside and Fraser, Caiden and Reece on the inside the back play was brilliant.
If I had to pick a man of the match it would have to be Reece. Firstly for the kick off move where he went straight through Lasswade, but also the fantastic team score with great passing to go 95 yds with one of the best tries you will see at this level.
Excellent Run Out for S2 Squad
Lasswade 8 – 33 Linlithgow
This was a great run out for the S2s against a bare 15 from Lasswade. It was particularly pleasing to see the something like a third of the S2 squad who have never played an external game before get on the park and fit right in. We ended up rotating through some of our players to lend to Lasswade to maximise game time. Great to see no quarter given by Linlithgow boys when they were in Lasswade colours too!
Some great rugby on show and a few wee work-ons for training this week!
S1s Shade Opponents in First Match
The Young Reds S1s came away from Lasswade with a narrow win in their first ever “senior” match. It was an even affair with some good rugby and with both teams running in 7 tries apiece, it was only by dint of kicking two more conversions than their opponents that the Young Reds shaded this game.