Young Reds Conference Matches
Saturday 02 October 2021
It was a clean sweep against Trinity Academy in Saturday’s Conference matches, with 4 wins and one walk-over. Trinity struggled at all age groups with numbers and, indeed, couldn’t raise an U18 team. You can read the short match reports using the link below.
With the October holiday week coming up, the Young Reds have two weeks off before resuming on Saturday 23 October with friendly fixtures against Lenzie HS / Lenzie RFC.
Trinity had only eight players, so we lent them some to even things up. Final score was 36 – 9 to us, two of their tries were scored by Linlithgow players.
In the end the weather was fairly kind to us, although there was a lot of moisture on the grass it was blue skies and all systems go for the S1’s against Trinity. It was also brilliant to see some familiar faces returning to the squad…Callum, Duncan, Alfie and a big mention to Rory for his first game for the Young Reds!!! Sadly Trinity were light on numbers so to make sure we had a game and give everyone a chance to play we played 3 lots of 15 mins and gave 4 players to Trinity for each of the thirds.
It was a fast start from Linlithgow, taking advantage of early possession the reds scored three early tries in nearly as many minutes the best of which was 5-6 phases before Euan dotted down under the posts. Before the 15 mins was up Linlithgow had a few more with Joe and Duncan also getting on the score sheet, with strong solo efforts.
The second 15 was Linlithgow’s best third in terms of team play, shape and continuity, the try of the game came from 4-5 phases in the middle of the pitch before a miss pass out wide for TJ to thunder up the pitch before off loading to Rory who finished gratefully. The procession was interrupted by one of our own players Duncan who raced 60 meters to score for Trinity, it was a big grin he had on his face as he walked back past his team mates to the half way line…
The last 15 mins was a bit more scrappy and Linlithgow extended their commanding lead but also conceded a couple of loose scores. In fairness a big part of the reason the Young Reds found the final third tough was Euan’s work over the ball pinching possession at key moments for Trinity 2-3 times.
So man-of-the-match is a tough one, special mention to Joe for his hat trick (three very well taken chances), but also great support work to be in the right place at the right time. Rory also had a hat-trick, but in the end it goes to the player who showed fantastic heart and values, he played his heart out for both the reds and trinity running fearlessly into heavy traffic and punching well above his weight …well done Elliot!!!
Trinity turned up with 10 players. We played 2 quarters at 10 a side, it was one way traffic, so mixed it up last 2 quarters. Agreed final score of 78 – 0.
We drew a veil over the S3 game at 64-0 after 40 mins and had a Barbarians mix up for the last 20. Trinity had 10, a few of them pretty good players so I hope they manage to get their numbers up and play more consistent rugby as the season progresses.
We saw some good play from Linlithgow and also a couple of things to work on in the week. We gave Trinity some of our best attacking players in the first two 20s so were pleased to keep those boys out for a clean sheet.
The Under 16’s took on Trinity this morning at Wardie Playing Fields in Edinburgh. With Trinity only being able to field 13 players we gave them 2 out our squad of 20, although they still didn’t have a front row so we were playing uncontested scrums.
The first half was one sided with us running in 6 tries without reply and converting 3 of them. 36-0. Second half was much the same with us running in 7 tries and converting 6 of them.
Trinity did put a few plays together and put us under pressure in the second half and with us giving penalties away, one after another, Trinity were given a penalty try after Johnny was unfortunately yellow carded for a choke hold on one of their players, which the referee said wasn’t intentional. Also, by this time they had one of their players injured so 3 Linlithgow boys were playing for them. With us moving players around through continual substitution, we lost shape for a while.
However, we played some really good flowing rugby showing some great handling skills through lots of phased play.
Special mention should go to Ruan, Jamie, Euan, Daniel and Logan who were “volunteered” to play for Trinity over various parts of the game and to our try scorers of Reece x5, Fergus x2, Rory x1, Ruan x1, Jake x1, Jack x1, Oogies x1 and Cammy x1. Fraser hit 7 of the conversions with Caiden slotting 2 of them, although drop goal conversions were taken later to speed things up.
Final score was 83-7.