Young Reds Step Up and Deliver
Linlithgow v Watson’s College “B”
Saturday 05 October
Another cracking set of performances from the Young Reds, with two hard fought wins and a sparkling performance from the S2s.
U18s Grab Back Lead with Last Play
Linlithgow U18 27 – 24 George Watsons College ‘B’ U18
Saturday 5th of October saw Watsons B travel to Linlithgow with both sides very evenly matched for the first half until Linlithgow scored on 29 minutes through Callum and a tight forwards set of phases. There it stayed until right on half time, Watsons struck back with the same, a rumbling, tight forwards try. 5-5 at half time.
Second half started well with Linlithgow moving the ball wider once the forwards had their turn resulting in Lewis going over after 2 minutes and Cammy converting. Linlithgow stayed on top with another two tries, one from Gregor on 13 minutes and the other from Kyle on 16 minutes. 22-5 until with 10 minutes to go Linlithgow stepped back and let the Watsons’ backs have more room and they scored 3 excellent running tries on 25, 27 and 29 minutes, converting one of them leaving the score 22-24 with 5 minutes left!
Linlithgow rallied and pressured the Watsons’ boys from the restart and gained the ball back, kept the play tight with numerous phases gaining territory until Watsons were called off side. A quick tap from Captain Jamie resulted on him crashing over right on 35 minutes, 27-24 winners!
Great effort to come back from going down with 5 minutes to go although we maybe should not have got ourselves in the situation in the first place. Well done both sides for a great competitive game.
S2s Turn on the Style in 11 Try Win
Linlithgow S2 40 – 0 Watson’s College S2
S2s played some electric rugby with their best performance of the season. Against a Watson’s team that had a handful of real quality players, the Young Reds out tackled, out rucked and over ran the Watsons team. This led to an 11 try to nil score line with lots of players putting in their best performance to date. The conversion kicking was also excellent today. We done to S2 Lewis for struggling through with a cold and S1 Lewis for stepping up to give us a replacement player when needed.
The scoring was as follows:
Ryan con Fraser 4-0
Euan j con Fraser 8-0
Oogs con Fraser 15-0
Reece con Fraser 19 -0
Reece con Fraser 23-0
Euan j 26-0
Jack con euan 30-0
S1s Unbeaten Run in Conference Continues
Linlithgow S1 16 – 15 Watson’s S1
Linlithgow S1s reached the halfway point of the Mitsubishi Grandis Conference with a 100% win record after a tough and spirited win over a very good Watson’s team at Myreside on Saturday morning. This was the team’s toughest test of their season so far, playing a side who tackled solidly and moved the ball well, so there were no easy tries available and there was constant threat on defence.
Watson’s scored first from a move with some good direct running. Linlithgow hit back promptly when Calum G went over and moved into the narrowest of leads thanks to dead-eye goal-kicking prop Ruari slotting the conversion. A lovely flowing move off a Linlithgow line-out saw the ball whipped across the field for Calum H to put on his after-burners and tear round behind the posts, with Ru once again adding the extras.
In a game that ebbed and flowed, it was Watson’s turn to apply some pressure with a speculative kick ahead that eventually led to a penalty try as the Linlithgow defence obstructed the chaser on the line. When Watson’s scored another quickly afterwards and nailed on the extras, it began to feel like the game might be slipping away.
Linlithgow began the second half with terrific defensive pressure, bringing speed and aggression to the game and an alertness at the breakdown that soon saw them back on the attack, with a series of strong carries making consistent ground. The pressure told in due course, with Alfie diving over and Ru again hitting the conversion to put Linlithgow back ahead by a point (12-11). Time for Watson’s to raise their game in response and they scored their best try of the game, showing great handling skills as they crossed and converted to take the lead with just a few minutes left.
It was time for Linlithgow to dig deep and force their way back up the park. With seconds to go, it looked like the game was won for Linlithgow, only for the try to be disallowed for an inconclusive grounding – Scrum 5 to Watson’s. The Linlithgow pack were determined to get the ball back for one last attempt and, while the series of late scrums in the Japan v Samoa game may have caused consternation among Scotland fans, the outcome of this scrum was much more satisfactory from a Linlithgow point of view, with a tremendous effort from the boys pushing Watson’s back off their own ball to win it against the head, and eventually into Alex H’s hands as he charged over the line – his dad Marty emulating Smiler Barrett in the try-scoring-siblings stakes!
With the clock in the red, the scores were tied as Ru stepped up to take the conversion. With nerves of steel, he slotted it home for a perfect kicking performance in the game and a victory that the Young Reds really should be proud of. Every single player contributed and they really gave their all to overcome skillful and well-drilled opponents with a real haggis of a performance: a wee bit spicy and brim-full of heart and guts.