Twelve Tries as Reds Run Riot Under the Lights
Linlithgow 74 – 12 Duns
Friday 4th November 2022
Report by Craig Young
This was a rearranged Tennents East 1 league match against the bottom side Duns played under the floodlights at Lower Mains Park. Duns have lost every game this season to date, so it was a chance for Linlithgow to gain maximum points and move up the table. It was a beautiful evening and the pitch was in very decent condition for the time of year.
The Reds welcomed back Ruaridh Stewart, who has been out injured for almost exactly a year and Aidan Rennison, returning after an injury earlier in this season.
Ruaridh Stewart; David Martin, Freddie Adcock, Mark Caddle, Ross Plenderleith; Jack Frame, Cammie Murie; Andrew Graham, Kyle Ormond, Colin Devlin: Eioan Magee, Fraser Mochrie; Euan Mochrie, Jamie Tulloch and Joe McKillion.
Subs : Stuart Cunningham, Neil Lockhart, Eddie Beamish, Aidan Rennison.
The Reds got off to a perfect start with a try from Jack Frame, spotting a large gap in the Duns’ defence from a scrum. This was converted by Frame himself. For the next 10 minutes Duns enjoyed a lot of possession, but this was mostly centred in the midfield area. Inevitably, as soon as Linlithgow had the ball they scored again, the referee awarding a penalty try when a defender stuck out a leg to trip Jack who was about to score anyway.
The scores kept coming as Eioan Magee scored an unconverted try and then Ross Plenderleith went over after good work from Bruno Mochrie. This was converted by Frame.
The next try was scored by Ruaridh Stewart,after good work from Cammy Murrie, again converted by Jack Frame.
The next try was from a line out straight from the training ground, with a ball to the front, scored by Kyle Ormond, Jack adding another 2 points with the conversion.
Duns had a couple of brief spells in attack and they managed to score a try when Jack Frame fumbled a ball behind his goal line and someone from Duns pounced on it. The conversion was scored by an unlikely prop. As half time approached Linlithgow scored again. The ball broke free in midfield and David Martin gave chase, showing good footwork to ease past the last defender before putting in Jack Frame for the try, which Frame then converted himself. Half time 47-7.
Somewhat predictably, Duns scored early in the second half as the Linlithgow players switched off. It took a while for them to get going, not helped by the loss of Joe McKillion with a neck injury (replaced by Neil Lockhart). Euan Mochrie then suffered a dislocated finger, but physio Patrick was on hand to pull it back into place, so Euan could stay on. The pace of the game was a bit slower than the first half and the Duns team were keeping their physio very busy. Eventually the home side got into their stride and the points started flowing. Jamie Tulloch scored after a scrum, however the Duns camp were unhappy that the ref played on as one of their players went down under the scrum as it went backwards. This one was unconverted.
Linlithgow were pretty dominant in the scrum, pushing a heavier pack backwards more than once. As the game came into the last 10 minutes, and there were Duns casualties after nearly every play, Linlithgow scored 4 more tries, only one converted. Freddie Adcock scored one then Eddie Beamish scored a beauty from a crossball kick from Jack Frame.
Freddie Adcock then scored again before Euan Mochrie went over in the corner to complete the scoring.
Final score 74-12
While this may have been an expected result, all credit to the Duns’ players for the effort right to the end, when a few of their players were exhausted and carrying knocks. Linlithgow jump up to 4th in the table and the next home game is also on a Friday night (18th November) under the lights against Portobello.