Young Reds v Watsons B

3 out of 4 Wins for
Young Reds v Watsons B

Saturday 13 November 2021

The Young Reds had three wins out of four matches played against George Watsons College ‘B’ teams. The results were:

Age GroupResultScore (Linlithgow first)
S1Loss11-21
S2Win34-4
S3Win28-21
U16Win36-7
Matches played on Saturday 13 November 2021

S2 Match Report

Linlithgow 34 – 4 George Watson’s

Match report by Phil McCavish

Saturday saw the S2 team take on George Watson’s in our 4th league game of the season. Whilst the pitch was heavy, it was sufficiently sunny for the decision about which way to attack in the first half to be the subject of some debate.

The visitors displayed typically good handling and looked to spread the ball wide wherever possible, however, they came up against a home team who had every intention of continuing their unbeaten run.

Jack, Matthew, Hamish, Aiden, Connor and Angus ran in nine tries between them with Jack and Aiden also contributing seven conversions. The pick of the tries was a great team effort that combined direct running, great support play and a series of offloads out of the tackle that was impossible to defend.

The visitors worked hard to score a well worked try against a home defence that was a little less well organised than in previous games.

A combination of the heavy pitch and the defensive work that Watson’s had been required to undertake in the first half meant that they understandably began to tire in the second half. With the game effectively over as a contest, both teams agreed to call an end to the game after 40 minutes to avoid the unnecessary risk of injury.

The S2 team go forward into the next two league games hoping to be able to continue their good form but also knowing that the strongest test is yet to come.


S3 Match Report

Linlithgow 28 – 21 George Watson’s

Match report by Gordon Muir

Linlithgow S3s met on a beautiful crisp autumn morning anticipating a challenging game against a good Watson’s side and that’s exactly what they got. Playing on the storied turf of Upper Mains Park, the Young Reds started brightly against a Watson’s side who were built for speed and slick handling but nevertheless tackled accurately and give away very little in defence. 

Both teams were well organised and were quick to the breakdown. The early exchanges were breathless stuff, with strong running meeting determined defence and a slightly greasy ball changing hands several times with neither side able to create a clear scoring opportunity.

Linlithgow struck first as their game plan, using powerful and direct running in the forwards to narrow the defence, finally stretched the Watson’s defence and Alfie made it through a gap and over the line. 

The Young Reds doubled their lead soon afterwards, with some fluid offloading creating space which Rory powered through for another converted try. 

Watson’s had the better of exchanges late in the first half and only some outstanding defence kept them off the Linlithgow line. They quickly worked their way back into the home 22 and there was an air of inevitability when they finally crashed over. A tough conversion from out wide was mailed by the Watson’s kicker. 14-7 at half time. 

The second half began with more pressure from Watson’s, whose error count reduced as their confidence grew, and it was the visitors who opened the scoring for the half. Whilst remaining competitive at the breakdown and winning their share of ball, the Young Reds struggled for continuity early in the half and before long Watsons scored a third try and Linlithgow S3 went behind in a game for the first time this season. 

If that was a test of character, it was one the Young Reds passed with flying colours as they began to string some phases together and worked their way up the pitch. A terrific charging run from Finn was finally stopped a few metres short of the line but two quick phases later the ball was in Robert’s hands and he fought his way through multiple tackling players to score a try under the posts which, with yet another perfect conversion from Ruairi, drew the scores level. 

Momentum was with Linlithgow but, with less than 10 minutes to go, the question was whether they would manage to engineer another score in a game where defences had been on top. Some super decision-making on the field got the ball out to a forward pod with Finlay C in the 13 channel and they capitalised on the missmatch to gain around 40 metres of ground. Quick hands from there got the ball into Alfie’s hands and he reached over for a try to put the Young Reds into the lead with 3 minutes to go. After an unexpectedly excitable last few minutes, Watson’s finally kicked ahead and the ball was gratefully gathered and booted out for a great win from what was far and away the best match the S3 Young Reds have had all year.


U16 Match Report

Linlithgow 36 – 7 George Watson’s

Match report by Graeme Miller

All the boys stepped up today against very good opposition.

Highlights were Cammie, Lewis, Owen and Ryan who were ever present.  James won so much line out ball.  Fergus was a power pack.  Euan, Jack and Johnny were everywhere. Oogie controlled everything.  Fraser was dynamite.  Having lost both normal starting centres, Rory and Charlie stepped up to show how far they have come in being complete rugby players.  Ruan, Charlie and Caiden all played really really well.

The U16s lost Daniel to a turned ankle during warm up and Reece after 10 minutes to a shoulder injury. Reece was a big loss after his great play in recent weeks.  Hats off to Daniel who came on second half as we struggled with injuries and he went the extra mile with Charlie, Johnny and Fraser to give everything on the day to play on to secure a stylish and powerful win against a good team.