Young Reds’ U18 Back to Winning Ways
St Leonards / Madras U18 5 – 62 Linlithgow U18
Saturday 21 September 2019
The Young Reds’ U18s got back to winning ways after their cup defeat to Strathallan School – one of the strongest school teams in Scotland. Travelling with a squad of 16 up to St. Andrews, the Linlithgow boys won convincingly 62-5, scoring 10 tries to one.
The Young Reds claimed 6 unanswered tries in the first half with Cammy taking full advantage and converting them all, to give Linlithgow a 42-0 lead at half time. The try scorers in the first half were Andrew, Liam, Aidan, Gregor, Charlie and Cammy.
The whole game featured uncontested scrums, because of hosts lack of experienced props, but the home side did compete at the break down well especially 5 minutes into the second half resulting in them scoring their only try. After this the Young Reds started to play a more open game scoring 4 further tries, two from winger Michael, one from Ben on the other wing and finally Callum, who crashed over on full time from a forward pod move.
A big win, but a sometimes scrappy game, especially at the break down which is something the boys will need to work on.
Young Reds S1s Win Tight match
Linlithgow S1 24 – 19 St Leonards / Madras S1
Saturday 21st was a perfect day for rugby, with the sun splitting the sky over Linlithgow. The Young Reds’ S1s hosted a team from St Leonards / Madras on the bottom pitch at Mains Park (the School pitch was still unavailable) which was by far the biggest pitch they’ve played on all year. All this made for a perfect environment for the Linlithgow S1 team to enjoy the day and play great rugby.
The game started well from the home team’s perspective, with the Young Reds running ahead to a two try lead in the first five minutes. This lead was created by some solid tackling to win the ball back, and then moving it along the line for scores in the corner.
At that point the St Leonard’s / Madras boys started to play themselves into the game. As a team they held on to the ball extremely well and looked to move it around as much as possible. This meant that the Young Reds had to work extremely hard to get across the pitch and at times found themselves out of position and leaving space. Defensive positioning is definitely one of the things we’ll need to work on in the coming weeks.
Over the course of the game, both teams managed to score another 5 tries apiece. Therefore Linlithgow finished winning the game by scoring 7 tries to 5, with a final score of 24-19 once the conversions were factored in.
A great win for the Young Reds and a definite step up in competition, which they rose to face. Interestingly five of their seven tries were scored by either wingers or the full back joining the line out wide. More than anything that is testament to the way the boys played and some of their attacking play was magnificent.
Young Reds S2s Enjoy a Try Fest at Mains Park
Saturday 21 September 2019
Scotland 7s leading try scorer Andrew Turnbull brought a development St Leonard’s / Madras side to the main pitch at Linlithgow. We decided to play 3 x 15 minute games. The first 15 minutes saw Linlithgow dominate the game with great tackles, powerful rucking and some blistering run away tries, going ahead 6 tries to nil.
The second 15 minute match was a closer affair with Fraser and Jack playing for St Leonard’s to even up the teams, leading to more great tries from both sides.
For the last 15 minute session, Fraser and Jack sat out the game for a well deserved rest. The Young Reds, now playing some great team rugby, scored plenty tries after great runs from Daniel, Hamish, Reece, Euan, Caiden and James, with Jamie, Ryan, Lewis, Oogs, Johnny and Cammy driving the ball up the middle to make space out wide. Special mention to Ali scoring his first try as one of our newer rugby players.
Try scorers today:
Jake (2), Jack (2), Fraser (5), Ryan, Euan, Oogs (2), Ali, Caiden (2) and Reece.