Young Reds v Lenzie
Saturday 23 October 2021
The Young Reds had fixtures across all age groups against Lenzie Academy / Lenzie Rugby Club. The S1s, S2s and S3s played through at Lenzie, whilst the U16s and U18s were at home. Here are the match reports:
S1 Match Report
Lenzie 11 – 42 Linlithgow
Report by Nick Smith
Meeting at the club for an 8.15 departure makes for an early Saturday morning start and it was a quiet journey over to Lenzie on the coach. After a bit of confusion over the venue we arrived at Lenzie’s brand new 4G pitch which was a dream to play on.
With Chris as captain this week, the boys made a great start. Joe kicked off the proceedings, with a short kick which Lenzie knocked on. Ewan pounced, the ref played the advantage and, after a couple of phases, Fraser W was over for the first try.
The second try came off a line out. Fraser H saw the space and shipped it wide. A strong run from Chris took us up the field, The ball then found its way to Joe who made a break and was over the line not long after.
Joe was keen to show his array of skills and the next try came following a kick which Ewan chased hard and put in a strong follow up tackle. The ball fell loose and was quickly snaffled, and soon Scott was over for try number 3.
At this point Lenzie came back with some hard running of their own and only some strong tackling from the boys stopped them from scoring. However, following another Linlithgow try, Lenzie finally struck back. Another two Linlithgow tries followed before the end of the first period.
The second period was much more balanced as Lenzie brought their quicker runners into the game more. The boys tackled well and their rucking proved too strong for Lenzie at times and the boys forced turnovers and won quick ball. Lenzie scored two tries to Linlithgow’s four.
The highlights of this period were without doubt Daniel’s strong and direct runs, at times taking 3 or 4 defenders with him and either off loading when it was on or taking it to ground to secure possession. Joe also showed his skill with the boot with a lovely chip and chase try. Finally special mention has to go to Jay for his huge try saving tackle on the biggest lad in Lenzie’s team and almost saving a try in the process. After a short break to recover he resumed his place on the pitch despite the injury to his hand.
In the third period Lenzie’s heads started to drop and the Linlithgow boys kept up the pace and pressure. Four tries followed during this passage of the game as a result, two from Scott and one a piece from Chris and Angus C.
Most of the boys took their opportunity to kick their conversions and special mention has to go to Scott who stepped up, languidly swung his boot, for the ball to sail through the centre of the posts.
RIchard and I agreed that the score line (42-11) flattered us slightly as Lenzie were a good team. It would be interesting to play them again towards the end of the season. It was a real team performance and it was great to hear the boys congratulating and encouraging each other even when things didn’t go to plan.
Many of the boys put their hand up for man of the match. Special mention goes to Daniel for his hard running and counter rucking, to Ewan for his relentless tackling and Joe for his 4 tries. This week we have a joint “man of the match” which goes to Fraser H who played at 10 and showed great vision in getting the ball wide, as well making a few breaks of his own; and to Angus C who according to Richard looked as though he was auditioning for Strictly as he pirouetted out of tackles, danced round defenders and even shimmied in his celebrations. His tackling was also as fearsome as a look from Craig!
Well done to all those travelling today, it was a great game to watch.
S2 Match Report
Report by Graham Murray
On a beautiful morning for rugby through in Lenzie, the S2 team were slightly depleted being down to 12 players. We were helped by three of the newer S3 players to give us a bare-bones 15 players – this proved decisive on the very heavy pitch.
Lenzie had 20 players and were a large, imposing team and it took Linlithgow 10 minutes to get used to their physical approach, conceding one try. When Linlithgow started playing their game of moving the ball out wide quickly, Linlithgow started to dominate and scored two tries through Jack, an excellent team try through Aiden P and Ali McC.
In the second half the Linlithgow boys started to tire, with a mixture of a lot of tackles and the heavy pitch taking its toll, Linlithgow were unable to rotate players and Lenzie came back into the game with some route one rugby, trucking it through the middle. Although not pretty, it worked and they scored two tries of their own before a repost by Linlithgow with another try from Aiden P.
In the final quarter our boys were very tired and Lenzie scored a couple of tries late on – the final score being five tries each, with Lenzie winning by an extra conversion.
A big thanks to Issac, Darragh and Archie from S3. Without their help the game would not have taken place and a valuable learning experience would have been lost. We hope they benefited from the extra game time and we wish them well for the rest of the season.
It was an excellent team effort on Saturday and great to see the boys get a good test with harder league games coming up, a valuable exercise where the coaches certainly learned a few things and hopefully the players did too.
U16 Match Report
Linlithgow 74 – 0 Lenzie
Match report by Graeme Miller
The U16 took on Lenzie down on the bottom pitch with Lenzie requesting to play 3 twenty minute sessions so they could sub on and off their 19 man squad. As it turned out the Young Reds were far too strong for them and won all three sessions. First was 36-0, second was 7-0 and third 31-0. All in all scoring 12 tries and 7 conversions. The kicks were all from Fraser while Linlithgow’s try scorers were Reece x4, Jack x3, Fraser x2, Fergus x1, Johnny x1 and Logan x1. Lenzie did have some good players, but the Young Reds played really well, going forward and holding their shape when Lenzie gained possession.
Coaches comments: “Some great team and individual plays from Linlithgow, but we must guard against being able to run through teams who allow us to do so. Handling must involve moving it wider and faster to create more space especially on second and third etc. phase play. Well done everybody with a fabulous, entertaining game to watch.”
U18 Match Report
Linlithgow 47 – 21 Lenzie
Match report by Phil Findlater
It was a great day for rugby as the 15 u18s took to the main pitch of Mains Park for this match against Lenzie. The opposition started well putting the men in Red under pressure, but Conor managed to break the deadlock with a score by running hard at the defensive line and also securing the 2 extras himself.
Lenzie woke up after this and scored 2 converted tries to make the half time score 7-14.
This score did not represent the territory and possession that the young Reds had had in the first half and they quickly grasped the ball again and Conor scored a second, self converted try, and Sean managed to out run the cover to score the 3rd try on the left hand side which Conor didn’t manage to convert.
This match saw some great improvements in our line outs and scrummaging which meant that we were winning great ball and our next try came from some sustained pressure on the Lenzie line with Aaron barging over which Conor converted.
The boys were really putting some great plays together now and another breach into the Lenzie half saw Luke burst past the defence to score under the posts which Conor duly added the extras. Conor finished off his own personal try tally scoring his hat-trick try and converting it too!
This “long” second half finished with another try made from prolonged time spent in the Lenzie half with Ross powering over the line and Conor converting.
Final score 47-21 to the Reds with a fantastic all round performance from the boys with great set play, attacking shape and strong defence. Disappointing to lose a couple of boys with injuries, adding to our list, though hopeful of some of other absentees returning to keep this winning streak going.