Young Reds v Lasswade:
U15s’ Stand-Out Performance
Saturday 16 November 2019
Normally all the chat on Saturday mornings is about how the other age group teams have done, however it’s great to be able to headline the Young Reds’ u15s this week after their excellent 7 try win over Lasswade. The S1s continued their fine season with a 20-8 win on the road, but the other teams didn’t fare so well in the Mitsubishi Grandis Conference matches against Lasswade HS.
Great Performance, Great Win for Young Reds U15s
Linlithgow 40 – 15 Lasswade
Match report by Phil
The Young Reds’ U15s started with their customary position of being a man down to an opposition that had a strong squad of 18! That said, the 14 men of Linlithgow started with a great sense of belief and put pressure on Lasswade from the kick off & Aidan McG went in just wide of the posts for the first try. The boys kept this momentum going and scored a second try quickly with some great interlinking between forwards and backs. This was soon changed to a penalty try when the ref penalised Lasswade for some poor language after the score.
The boys were in top form and playing some great support rugby with slick passing and sublime running lines. Before half time the Young Reds had added another three tries through Oscar, Alex and Aidan McG with his second try of the match. Lasswade did manage to score twice in the first half, so the Young Reds turned around at half time leading 31-10.
The U15s started the second half with a 0-0 mentality. However, Lasswade scored after some sustained pressure, where the Young Reds’ defence was being severly tested allowing a runaway try. The U15s then kicked back into their first half performance and scored another 2 tries through Tom and Aidan McG, the latter giving him his hat trick.
Both of these tries came on the back of the whole team refocusing and playing the 14 man rugby that they did in the first half, which was predicated by our scrum where we were winning great ball to then set the backs off! An all round team performance where we did all of the basics right and even more special with most of the boys playing and winning their 7s tournament the previous afternoon!
S1s Continue on Winning Ways
Lasswade S1 8 – 20 Linlithgow S1
Match report by Gordon
Linlithgow S1s travelled to Lasswade in good spirits and confident mood for the penultimate match of their Mitsubishi Grandis conference.
The game began at a frenetic pace, with both sides eager to gain an early advantage. Play stretched up and down the pitch in the opening minutes, with each team picking off an interception and ultimately it was the Young Reds who kept cool heads to recycle the ball deep in Lasswade territory, with Alfie cutting through for the try.
Linlithgow kept the pressure up through an excellent first half, with impressive line speed and aggression in the tackle leading to plenty of possession. In attack, a range of passing and terrific support running allowed the boys to keep the ball alive, offloading out of contact, popping from the floor as well as winning quick ball when it was taken into the ruck. The pressure was turned into points with great tries for Finlay S, a brace for Ethan including a length-of-the-field cracker, and a powerful run in from Ruari, finishing off from a thrilling passage of play over 7 or 8 phases in which the ball passed through the hands of just about every Linlithgow player. The half time score was 17-0.
Lasswade came out for the second half with more physicality and determination and in particular were rucking more effectively which helped them put together more possession and eventually saw them cross for their first try.
The Young Reds remained strong in defence and, as Lasswade found little joy through the middle they tried to get around the edges, only to be stopped by some thumping tackles from Will and Murray on the wings and some great work from Kyran tackling players into touch.
As the second half wore on, Linlithgow struggled to match the attacking fluency of early in the game, with the effort in support running dropping off a bit leaving runners exposed. Nevertheless, the Young Reds worked the ball effectively up the park and after some patient recycling, Alfie went over again and added the conversion.
Lasswade were to have the last word with a slightly contentious try in the corner – which was ultimately fair reward for their determination and persistence to stick in the game.
The full time score was 20-8, another good win for this impressive group of young men. This week’s game was like a massive fry-up at a greasy spoon: delicious at first and definitely satisfying, with just one or two bits you wouldn’t order again (I’m looking at you, tinned tomatoes).
Under the Weather S2s Slip to First Defeat
Lasswade 11 – 3 Linlithgow
Match report by Mark
The S2 team had struggled all week with half the team off school with colds. It was a brave effort to get 15 boys out to be able to play the game with the S1s kindly giving us Joseph to have a sub. Warm up should have been sponsored by Vicks. On the pitch the team was up against it with a much stronger Lasswade team than last time we played them.
The first half was a close affair with both side strongly contesting the breakdown area. Unfortunately the referee seemed to spot a lot of Linlithgow infringements that kept pegging Linlithgow back and giving Lasswade good attacking positions. Lasswade took this possession and scored a couple of great tries before halftime (7-0)
The second half continued to be a close affair with Fraser stretching out of a tackle to get the ball over the try line. The referee was about to give the try but changed his mind, awarding a penalty against Linlithgow instead for a double movement.
Lasswade extended their lead with another try, but in the second half Linlithgow started to break through the Lasswade defence on a regular basis but delivering only one try through Fraser after some great team play. At the end of the half both teams had players taking knocks so the ref called the game to a close.
It was great to get a team out today and the recovering players gave their all to play their part in a tough game. First loss of the season but I couldn’t have asked more of the team today and they have all earned a big rest.
Subpar U18s Slip to Defeat at Home
Linlithgow U18 12 – 24 Lasswade U18
Match report by Graeme
Saturday morning saw the Young Reds take on Lasswade with a near full strength squad. However, they were straight up against it with the Lasswade boys pressing on their line early, but weathered the first onslaught. The U18s defended well, but after breaking up the pitch we struggled to piece together phases of play.
The first half continued like this with Lasswade scoring twice, firstly on 15 minutes and converting and secondly on 27 minutes. With one final breaking play in the opposition’s half Gregor scored near the corner right on half time although he hurt his knee doing it.
Half-time 12-5 down.
The second half started positively with the Young Reds deep in the Lasswade half until they threw a loose pass which was intercepted for a length-of-the-field score under the posts. A tough one to take!
The U18s continued to struggle to keep the basic phases of play together. Slipping off tackles and some poor decisions in certain parts of the pitch made a come back a tall order and Lasswade ran in another try on 22 minutes making it 24-5 with less than 15 minutes to go.
The Young Reds didn’t give in though and rallied with a break up the middle of the pitch from half way, finished by Aiden who ran hard for the line, breaking tackles and dodging well. Cammy converted making the final score 24-12.
Disappointing to lose when we played poorly but the Lasswade boys did play very well. Special mention should go to a few of our boys for swapping around positions during the play to keep things going – Angus, Andrew, Callum, Chris and Cammy. Also welcome back to Darren and Cullen from a break away from rugby.