Successful Border Raid for Young Reds U18s
Duns / Berwickshire HS 19 – 33 Linlithgow U18
Saturday 25th January
Report by Graeme Miller
The Young Reds’ U18s travelled down to Berwickshire High School and although the home side had the majority of possession and field position in the first ten minutes, the Linlithgow defence held well and the home side came away being only 7 points up.
After this Linlithgow started to attack well from better field positions resulting in 3 tries with 2 conversions – Cammy, Gregor and Lewis on 14, 17 and 25 minutes with Cammy getting the two kicks.
Duns weren’t finished though and scored again with a converted try almost on half time from a great set of phases and handling. The Half-Time score was 19-14 to the Young Reds.
The second half was really dominated by Linlithgow and even when Duns were attacking, the Young Reds’ defence and tackling was excellent. They just need to be tighter to the ball at break-downs and sort out the line-out!
Callum and Jamie both scored in the second half, five and twenty five minutes in, with Cammy converting both. Duns again didn’t give up and scored a late consolation try near the close. Final score 33-19 for the Young Reds – a good away win!
Great fought match played with good spirit.
Sparkling Performance from
Young Reds’ S2s
Linlithgow S2 77 – 7 Duns / Berwickshire HS S2
Saturday 25 January 2020
Report by Mark Osborne
The Young Reds’ S2s took on a good Duns side that featured a big pack that looked like it was going to be a tough day in the forwards. However with brilliant tackling from the whole pack (Ryan had a blinder), Linlithgow closed down this route one rugby by turning over the ball in the rucks time after time. Once possession was gained the back play from all the squad meant the ball was flying round the pitch from flowing passing and brilliant support play. This led to try after try as players broke through the gaps out wide (example was Daniel scoring from a line break on our try line) and always had support players on hand.
Ten different players scored tries for the Young Reds, which was fantastic and there was another 5 or 6 unused support players that could equally have scored if they were needed.
Overall a win with 14 tries to 1 in a game that was a pleasure to watch with passing flowing rugby winning the day. Just to add to that there were a couple of great conversions from Fraser and Caiden that could have graced Murrayfield, amongst 5 successful kicks.
Referee Alasdair Cochrane had a cracking game and it was brilliant to have 20 players available for the game.
Excellent Performance from U15s in Duns
Duns / Berwickshire HS u15 21 – 12 Linlithgow u15
Report by Phil Findlater
The U15s made the long journey to Duns on Saturday with a full squad of 17, although carrying a few knocks. Although we had good numbers we did have some of the boys playing out of their favoured positions with backs having a run around in the forwards.
The first 15minutes were a close encounter with some great defence, by both teams, as they each tried to find gaps to score within. Linlithgow managed to break through the ranks and Eddie scored a great try just wide of the posts which went unconverted. This score wakened Duns up and they maintained their tactic of rucking hard through the middle of the pitch to score 2 tries in quick succession, that they managed to also convert making the half time score 14 – 5 to Duns.
Linlithgow were in good spirits and started the 2nd half playing the same fast, physical game that they had employed in half one and after some concerted pressure Aidan McGurk scored a determined try under the posts which Aaron converted to make the score 14 – 12.
The boys lifted their game again, but a couple of injuries in the team meant guys were again playing out of position, but were holding their own against a strong team who never let up over the the term of the game and they scored a converted try near to the end making the final score 21-12 to Duns. A fantastic effort from all of the boys over the 70 minutes with everyone working for each other and some examples of strong defence throughout the game.