2s v Gala 2s

2s Run in 11 Tries Against Gala 2s

Linlithgow 2s  69 – 12  Gala 2s

Report by Des Martin

After the disappointing call-off the Reds 1st XV game with Duns (Duns unable to raise a team) there was an excitement as we anticipated this home game against Gala 2s. The team had a wide range of experience with Stuart (Chunk) Cunningham, Stu Young and Cammy Walker and new faces like Tom Townend (returning), John Chapman (returning) and Jack McKinnon making a first competitive appearance. The Manager was cautiously optimistic about the team and the way we could play but was unsure as to what Gala would bring. 

The Gala team was only included on the SCRUMS (SRU Web site) on the Saturday morning which could have been interpreted in different ways and so it proved when they arrived with only 14 men and no front row. After discussion and reference to SRU guidelines it was agreed to play 15-a-side and that one of our team Adam Scott would join Gala for at least the first half. Thanks Adam!

The sun came out after the heavy showers. Linlithgow (in blue) are seen here at a line-out in the 2nd half

The game started briskly among the heavy showers and before long Freddie Adcock, Kieran Cochrane and Bruno Mochrie were prominent. From Linlithgow possession the ball came out through Jeff Martin to Gregor McClean who directed a lovely cross field kick which Callum Miller caught beautifully and crossed the to go behind the posts. Cammy Walker converted  to give the Reds an early 7-0 lead.

The Reds were using an intelligent kicking game and the scrum half Jeff Martin’s kick ahead gave quick possession and the resulting turnover produced a try from Lewis Mayo Herdman.  (12-0  to the Reds).  

Some good play from Gregor McLean and Freddie Adcock resulted in Jeff Martin going in under the posts to score a try which Cammy Walker converted.  19-0 to the Reds and Gregor McLean retired having tweaked something in the previous play.  

Jack Frame came on at stand off and kept the Gala team down in their 22 with some astute kicking for the corners. Cammy Walker scored a try and converted when he rescued a loose pass as the ball came across the backs and the score crept up to 26-0 for the Reds.

Mayo Herdman scored another try supporting good play by the forwards and Freddie Adcock finished a great piece of interplay by all of the team to score under the posts. The score at half time was 38-0 and the Reds were well in control. At half-time, Adam Scott switched back to the Reds after a strong showing for Gala, with Mattie Somerville taking his place. Huge thanks to both players, for making it a 15-a-side game. Both certainly contributed strongly.

The Reds came out in the second half determined to play the same way as the first half, but Gala interrupted the flow when their stand-off intercepted a loose pass from the Linlithgow backs, running it in from 70 metres out unopposed (38-7 to the Reds).

Jeff  Martin kicked the ball well up the park and from the resulting loose play across the backs Jack Frame made a break and was tackled high. Everyone was surprised when the referee ran below the posts to award a penalty try We all thought it was a bit harsh on Gala as the game had been very incident free.  45-7 to the Reds. Callum Miller scored another good support try out wide on the right after a series of powerful runs sucked in the visitors’ defence.

Mayo Herdman draws the last defender…
…to put Callum Miller in for the try

Cammy Walker then made a great break from his own half, having fielded a kick through, and the try was finished off by Jack Frame screaming up on the outside (57-7 to the Reds).

Gala kept playing and, to their credit, claimed a fine consolation try (57-12). Cammy Walker scored again and Fraser Mochrie deservedly got a try for the last score to leave the final score 69-12 to the Reds.

A good performance from the Reds but difficult to judge as Gala were not the complete team. It will be a different scenario down there. As the Gala committee man lamented,  “we cant get the boys to travel”.   I think at Linlithgow we have every sympathy with those comments.