Reds at Forrester (Oct22)

Reds Gather 7 Try Haul with Victory at Forrester

Forrester  20 – 51  Linlithgow

Saturday 08 October 2022

Match report by David Mitchell

Linlithgow travelled to Edinburgh on Saturday to face old foe Forrester and put in a good team performance with a 51 – 20 win and scoring 7 tries in the process. Bright sunshine and a light breeze greeted the teams and the Reds won the toss and elected to play down the hill in the first half. With Euan Mochrie still injured, Jack Frame captained the team that showed a few changes from recent weeks, particularly in the back division with Frame moving to 10, Ross Tulloch dropping back to 15, Lewis Herdman and Cammy Walker on the wings and Mark Caddle and Freddie Adcock forming a new centre partnership. 

Straight from kick off, the visitors conceded a penalty and the home team were 3-0 ahead within a minute. However the Reds responded quickly to this early set back and after sustained pressure and some powerful scrums, Jack Frame kicked a penalty to level the scores. Linlithgow then enjoyed a purple patch with 3 tries in a short period of time. Jamie Tulloch barged over the line for the opening try which went unconverted.

Jamie Tulloch scores his first try of the day

Jack Frame scored the next after a long raking kick by Ross Tulloch was returned by the Forrester full back and Cammy Murrie fielded the kick and passed infield to Frame who spotted a hole in home defence and he ran 50 metres to score under the posts without a hand being laid on him. He converted his own try and within minutes, a Forrester scrum was demolished by the Reds pack and Joe McKillion snapped up the ball and weaved past 4 defenders to score a fine try. The conversion was added by Frame to give the visitors a comfortable lead at 3-22.

Joe McKillion scores after a fine break

Forrester then had a period of possession where they kept the ball among their forwards and they were awarded a try which they converted. During this phase of play, the Reds were lucky not to have someone yellow carded for persistent offences which the referee penalised. The last few minutes of the 1st half were played out in the home 22 area and the visitors eventually rounded off some excellent patient work when Mark Caddle burst over the line for the final try of the half. Jack Frame added the conversion to make the half time score 10-29.

A study in concentration – Jack Frame notched 19 points on the day (1 try, 2 penalties and 4 conversions)

Cammy Walker had to leave the field after a knock which was unfortunate as he had made several mazy runs and almost scored on a couple of occasions and he looked dangerous every time he got the ball. David Martin replaced Cammy on the left wing. Forrester started the 2nd half by moving into the Reds 22 area and after several near things, they scored a try wide out on the left wing which went unconverted. Jack Frame added a penalty to stretch the lead to 17 points and the Reds introduced Stuart Cunningham, Andrew Graham (making his 1st team debut) and Ally McLean who made a welcome return after the career threatening injury he sustained nearly 3 years ago at Hawick Linden.

This injection of new blood seemed to galvanise the team and after excellent powerful breaks by Ross Martin and Joe McKillion, Jack Frame carried the ball into the home 22 and he drew the last defender before passing to ever present Jamie Tulloch who scored his second try of the day. Frame added the extra points.

Jamie Tulloch scores after a fine break from Jack Frame

Then from a lineout near the Forrester goal line, the ball was moved to midfield and Mark Caddle ran through almost untouched for a try under the posts which was converted by Frame.

Mark Caddle blasts through in the centre…
…and scores!

With time running out, Forrester managed a late try but it was the visitors who had the last word with perhaps the try of the day. Cammy Murrie manufactured a kick pass to Stuart Cunningham who made ground past a couple of tacklers before sending Fraser Mochrie charging up the left wing and although he could not quite make the line, he did manage a neat off load to David Martin who dived in for the try. The final conversion attempt went wide to give a final score of 20-51.

Overall a good performance from the Reds with the front five in the pack continuing to dominate scrums and doing well in loose play. The lineouts were also good especially with the loss of main jumper Mark Caddle to centre but Kyle Ormond managed to hit the other jumpers regularly and the team managed to disrupt several Forrester throws. The back row performed very solidly with all 3 combining power and energy in equal measure. The backs moved the ball well and good tactical kicking was bringing rewards by forcing the play into the Forrester end of the pitch. Team defence was good with the players obviously responding to coaching to toughen up some lapses in previous games.

Next week Haddington are the visitors in another East 1 league fixture and they should present a good test for the Reds who should feel confident of another good performance if they can build on this result. The 2s are at home to Watsonians next Saturday and let’s hope for much more player availability so that we can field 2 strong teams.

Linlithgow

Adam Scott, Kyle Ormond, Colin Devlin; Fraser Mochrie, Ross Martin; Ewan Mitchell, Jamie Tulloch and Joe McKillion; Cammy Murrie, Jack Frame (c); Cammy Walker, Mark Caddle, Freddie Adcock, Lewis Herdman; Ross Tulloch.

Replacements: Stuart Cunningham, Andrew Graham, Ally McLean and David Martin.