Young Reds v Royal High
On Saturday morning, the Young Reds teams took on Royal High School in the Mitsubishi Grandis Conference. There was a fine win for an understrength U18s, who staged a fine comeback in their match, and outstanding team wins for both the S2s and S1s.
U18 Stage Big Comeback
Linlithgow U18 48 – 21 Royal High U18
Saturday 26 October 2019
Report by Graeme Miller
The U18’s this week took on Royal High at mains park in the Mitsubishi Grandis Conference. The Young Reds were suffering from numerous call offs through injury and unavailability. However, the boys started well with the ball being spread wide after some rumbles up the middle resulting in Ben going over after 8 minutes for the first try.
Then for most of the first half the Royal High team capitalised well on some good possession scoring two converted tries, firstly on 15 minutes and then again on 26 minutes. Linlithgow managed to bounce back a little with Lewis scoring right on half time. to make it 14-10 to Royal High.
The second half started well for the visitors who scored a try within 3 minutes which was converted to give them a 21-10 lead.
With a big hill to climb, Linlithgow started to cut out their previous mistakes, knock-ons and missed tackles and began to play well. They scored six unanswered tries, firstly on 10 minutes in, then on 14, 24, 32, 34 minutes and right on full time through Jamie, Ben again, Kyle, Ben (for his hatrick), Aiden and lastly Lewis again, grabbing a high kick and making it over the line. Gregor managed four conversions to make the final score 48-21 for the Young Reds. Well done to all on a great come back!
Young Reds S2s Run in 10 Tries
Royal High S2 7 – 38 Linlithgow S2
Report by Mark Osborne
Linlithgow S2 won 38-7 with some great rugby today. With the RHS S2 team being at 12 players they agreed to play 3 “age appropriate very large S3 players” to bolster their limited S2 squad. The Linlithgow boys dealt with the situation well by playing some of the best rugby we have played this season to deliver 10 tries to 2. Special mention to Logan, Fraser and Euan J for their brilliant conversations. Ali R opened the scoring with Fraser, Jake, Daniel, Reece and Cammy following up with more brilliant scores. Given the more physical nature of playing against older boys the team really stuck together to give a really true team performance to nullify the bigger players and show how good this team really are.
Another Good Win for S1s
Linlithgow S1 17 – 11 Royal High S1
Report by Gordon Muir
Under a cool winter sun, Linlithgow S1 lined up on Lower Mains Park against Royal High to kick off the second half of the Conference. Spirits were high as the boys looked forward to getting back to competitive rugby after the October break.
Linlithgow flew out of the traps and quickly won back position from the kick off, with some good direct running and nice hands putting Callum H in for a try after barely a minute of play.
Any thoughts that this would be easy were soon put aside however, as Royal High showed that they have plenty of pace in their team and ran in a try from distance on 4 minutes and added the conversion to move into the slimmest of leads.
Linlithgow were winning the battle on the floor and for most of the first half seemed able to win the ball back at will – sometimes giving it back through some loose handling, but always showing good go-forward, resulting in tries for Alfie on 8 minutes, Finlay B on 11 (well converted by Ruari) and Rory on 15 mins with Alfie converting to take a fairly comfortable lead into half time.
Royal High had the better of the early part of the second half, picking up their pace and intensity in the ruck, with some powerful running breaking tackles and creating pressure. They scored on 22 mins and, when more loose Linlithgow ball was snaffled a minute later for a length-of-the-field try, the game was getting a wee bit close. Play was tight and physical, with both teams having chances and Kyran charged over for a Linlithgow try on 31 mins to open a bit of a lead at 17-11 which was how the match ended.
Another good win for Linlithgow against an improving Royal High team. The boys should be pleased with their intensity and resilience and we have some stuff to work on too. Overall, a sausage of a performance this week: while parts of it were offal, it was nicely satisfying and the result left a good taste in the mouth.