Young Reds v Strathendrick and Lenzie (Dec19)

Good Wins for S2s and U15s Against Strathendrick

The Young Reds S2s were away to Strathendrick today in a great game of rugby.  The first half saw Linlithgow’s defence stopping Strath behind the gain line on multiple occasions with Strath still moving the ball around, but not being able to break through.  Then Linlithgow started to get plenty of possession from turn overs with the pressure exerted.  Time and time again Linlithgow used this possession to drive up the middle, which was effective in making yards, but did not take advantage of the big overlaps on the outside.  Finally Linlithgow passed out the ball and Jake went over in the corner and managed to continue under the posts once over the line.   This was followed up by a try from Johnny to give a well deserved lead.

At this point Strath started to get into the game with a couple of breaks that were stopped by full back Caiden to keep a clean sheet at half time.

In the second half Linlithgow continued to dominate the middle of the pitch with strong tackling and counter rucking.  However two or three of the Strath’s players were equally adept at the break down meaning lots of possession and support play down the middle was good, but not leading to tries.   

With plenty of space outside when ever Linlithgow spread play on 2nd or 3rd phase the tries were going to flow when the players realised were the space was.  From this they ran in tries from Daniel and two from Fraser, who were both putting in great performances.

Overall a very good win against good opposition. The tackling and defensive pressure was brilliant, but the big learning point was to move the ball out wide once we have driven down the middle and spot the big overlaps that creates.

Well done to Rory who played his first game showing some great running and tackling and Charlie on the other wing who got in some pacy runs.

The Young Reds S3s started this match at Mains Park with a team of 15, much needed to play rugby, and took the game to a confident Strathendrick team right from the start.  The  home team were playing up the slope and kept the opposition pinned back in their own half for prolonged periods, but silly knock-ons, after some great inter passing, let them down and the game was a stalemate after around 25 mins.  

Then after some great forward play, the backs used great hands to get the ball to Ethan who out paced his opposition to score out wide.  This lifted morale and confidence and Euan McGhee stormed through the defence to make another touch down with Oscar converting to make it 12 – 0 at half time.  

Playing down the hill in the 2nd half the Young Reds kept up the same pressure and Strathendrick rarely made it over the half-way line. The Linlithgow defence was immense, knocking back the visitors time after time and they took another 3 scores off them through Ethan, Euan & Calum finishing up victors at 29-0, despite losing 2 players to injury and a yellow card after some team handbags 5 mins from time!  A fantastic result, even more special with the zero points against us, showing great determination in defence and commitment to each other.

S1s Win Against Lenzie

Match report to follow…

U18s Slip Up at Strathendrick

Linlithgow U18’s travelled to Strathendrick with only 15 players and having not enough backs the Young Reds had to play some boys out of position although that really wasn’t to blame for the 17-10 defeat. Linlithgow failed to play in the correct areas of the pitch and resorted to carrying up the middle too often instead of playing out wide. The few times they did, they scored through firstly Aiden and then through Ben. The Young Reds also struggled to run forward and string passes together but the Strathendrick boys pressured well. The Young Reds train well but are failing to execute their plans during games. Well done to the Strathendrick boys who deserved their victory.