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Season 2021-22

Super Saturday

Great End to 50th Season

Our 50th Playing Season came to a close with a special Day of Rugby, our very own Super Saturday, sponsored by West Port Veterinary Clinic. It was great to see all the age groups in the Club participating and having fun. A huge thanks to all who helped make it possible, but in particular Dougie Thomson and Gordon Muir for organising and Graham Murray for putting an incredible shift in to running the BBQ.

Reports, photos and info

Cracking President’s Match

Presidents XV  52 – 15  Forth Valley Select

A big thanks also to all the players of the Forth Valley Select XV who came from Livingston, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Edinburgh Napier and Bo’ness Rugby Clubs and contributed to a highly entertaining game of rugby.

View report and photos

50 Years of Rugby

The Reds celebrated their 50th anniversary of rugby with a special match against Currie Chieftains on Sunday 21st November, exactly 51 years to the day when Linlithgow played Currie in their first ever match.

Both clubs were founded in 1970 and for both this year represents the anniversary of 50 playing seasons – last season being a void because of the pandemic.

Big thanks to Currie Chieftains for a cracking game and to Ronnie Innes (Grangemouth and ERRS) for refereeing.

Linlithgow  33 – 21  Currie

Captain Euan Mochrie in full flight

This was a cracking game played in great spirit by both teams, with a good mix of veterans turning out for both teams alongside some youngsters.

Read Ivor Santer’s match report

View match day squads

View Graham’s match photos

View Graham’s pre-match photos

Reds at Selkirk 7s

For the first time ever, Linlithgow received an invitation to one of the top Sevens’ Tournaments – the Selkirk 7s which are part of the Borders’ circuit of tournaments.

Read the report and view the video

Try Time at the DAM for P7s

The Wee Reds P7s played Irish P7 side Bangor at half-time in the Edinburgh v Ulster game on Saturday night and ran in 6 tries in a fine display of attacking rugby.

Read more and view more photos

Reds Win Porty 7s

The Reds got their ‘Sevens’ Season off to a cracking start when they won the Portobello Tournament at Cavalry Park on Saturday.

Read tournament report

Fourth for both Reds and 2s

Both the Reds and the 2s ended their respective league seasons on a high at the weekend, with bonus point wins. The Reds, playing possibly their best rugby this season, ran in 8 tries with some scintillating rugby, while the 2s came away from Peebles having run in 5 tries with only one in reply. Both teams finished in 4th place in their respective leagues, the Reds with 8 wins from 14 games played and the 2s with 11 wins (including 4 walkovers, ie opponents unable to raise a team) from 18 matches.

Wee Red P6s Win EK

Congratulations to the P6 boys who won the East Kilbride tournament on Sunday. With strong competition from East Kilbride, Cumnock and Adrossan the boys put on a great display. The hard work of the last few months shone through with a strong defensive effort and some fantastic tries. It came down to points in the end and the boys won through due to the number of tries they had scored across the day. Well done all!!

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April

Reds End the Season in Style

Linlithgow  54 – 17  Haddington

Jack Frame scored a hat-trick and kicked a further 14 points in his 29 point haul in the Reds final league match of the season under the lights on Friday night. However, it was Ross Plenderleith who was man-of-the-match, as he created all three of Frame’s tries, as well as scoring one of his own. The other Reds’ tries came from Aidan Rennison, Euan Mochrie, Mark Green andJamie Tulloch.

Read David Mitchell’s full report

View Graham Black’s photos

Another Successful Border Raid

Peebles 2s  5 – 29  Linlithgow 2s

The Reds 2s claimed another fine away win to secure fourth place in the Tennents Reserve East 2 league. There were tries from Freddie Adcock, Ross Plenderleith, Cammy Walker and Adam Scott, withGregor Stewart kicking two conversions.

Read Des Martin’s match report

Saturday 26 March

Late Flurry Secures Win for Reds

Linlithgow  42 – 21  Duns

The Reds left it till the last quarter to put away a plucky and competitive Duns team – the scoreline not really reflecting what was an even and competitive match. Lewis Wells(pictured above) claimed a fine hat-trick and Andy Whitelaw grabbed a brace, with Cammy Murrie’s 70 metre interception being the score that sealed the match. Jack Frame kicked 12 points, with 2 penalties and 3 conversions.

Read David Mitchell’s match report

View Graham Black’s match photos in full

Lack of Bench Counts Against 2s

Gala 2s  35 – 10  Linlithgow 2s

The Reds were only 7-5 down early in the second half, but with only 1 player on the bench, ran out of steam against the home side fielding a full bench. The Reds tries came from Callum Miller and Freddie Adcock.

Read Des Martin’s match report

Young Reds Saturday Action

The Young Reds’ S1 and S2 teams claimed fine wins against Howe of Fife on Saturday (action above from S2 match), while an understrength U16 side lost at Gala in the East Cup semi-final. A number of Young Reds S3s made their debuts in this match and all acquitted themselves with great credit.

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Wee Reds P5s at East Kilbride

The Wee Reds travelled through to East Kilbride on Sunday for a glorious day of rugby in the sun.

Read Michael O’Hara’s match report

Saturday 19 March

Young Reds v St Columba’s

With no senior matches at the weekend, attention turned instead to the Young Reds who had a series of matches against St Columba’s School.

Calum scores late on for U18s to seal the win

On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, both the Young Reds U18s and S3s hosted their opponents at Mains Park, while the S2s travelled through to Kilmalcolm. All three sides had fine wins in the penultimate weekend of their seasons.

Read match reports and view photos

Saturday 05 March

Wells and Walker Run in 7 Tries

Lewis Wells scored a hat-trick at Duns

There were hat-tricks in both the Reds and the 2s wins on Saturday. Lewis Wells ran in 3 tries, with 2 assists, at Duns for the Reds, while at Leith, Cammy Walker ran in 4 tries and kicked 6 conversions for a personal tally of 32 points.

Reds Try Fest in Borders

Duns  7 – 42  Linlithgow

Freddie Adcock scored on his Reds’ debut

The Reds ran in 8 tries, with a hat-trick from Lewis Wells and a brace from sub Ross Plenderleith. There were also tries for debutants Ewan Mitchell and Freddie Adcock, with the Reds other try scored by Mark Caddle. 

Read David Mitchell’s report

View Graham Black’s photos

2s Run in Seven at Leith

Leith 2s  12 – 47  Linlithgow 2s

A powerful pack performance was at the heart of this fine 2s win at Leith, with tries coming from Cammy Walker (4), Andrew Graham, Gregor McLean and Aiden Wan.

Read Des Martin’s report

Young Reds Claim Four Wins

Saturday 05 March

Action from S2 match against North Berwick

It was another good day at the office for the Young Reds as the teams claimed four wins across five matches. Pride of place must go to the U16s who beat a very strong and physical Boroughmuir Super 6 Academy team 15-12 in a tight and enthralling contest.

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Wee Reds at Watsonian Tournament

Wee Reds P7 Team

The wee Reds travelled through to Myreside on Sunday to compete in the Watsonian Club Tournament.

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Saturday 19 February

Reds Blitz Porty in First Half

Linlithgow  57 – 10  Portobello

The Reds returned to winning ways scoring 9 tries in this Tennents East 1 league match. Six cracking tries had taken the Reds to a 38-0 lead after only 32 minutes, leaving their visitors stunned. However brave Porty, playing all the second half with 14 men due to injuries, only conceded a further 3 tries, scoring 2 of their own in the remaining 48 minutes of the match.

Read David Mitchell’s match report

View Graham Black’s photos

Local Hero

Reds captain, Euan Mochrie, topped off a fine day both personally and for his team, when his dad was called forward to present him with his tankard marking his 100th capfor the Reds.

U16s Run QVS Close in
Shield Quarter-Final

Queen Victoria School  12 – 7  Linlithgow

On Saturday, the Young Reds U16’stravelled to Dunblane for their rescheduled quarter final Scottish Shield game against Queen Victoria School.  The weather was wet and windy with the pitch already pretty poor, but the game was extremely close with both sides looking to play open expansive rugby.

Read Graeme Miller’s report

S1, S2 and S3 Win at Home

The Young Reds S1, S2 and S3 all hosted their counterparts from Morrisons Academy (Crieff) on Saturday. Although the weather conditions were far from ideal, some excellent and committed rugby was on view with 3 fine home wins. There was a fine performance in difficult conditions for the S1s which resulted in a 20-4 win. The S2swon 26-11 and to complete the sweep, the S3s triumphed 43-10!

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Saturday 29 January

League Leaders Turn on Style

Melrose 2s  56 – 19  Linlithgow 2s

With the Reds match off after a late call off from Haddington, the Reds 2s travelled down to Melrose to play the outstanding league leaders, Melrose 2s (aka Melrose Storm), who have won all their matches this season, claiming a try bonus point in every game! Saturday was no exception and, although the 2s scored 3 tries through Cammy Walker, Euan Murray and Jamie Tulloch, they were well beaten in the end by this exciting young team coached by Rob Moffat.

Read Des’ match report

View 2s League Table

Young Reds Win 2 from 3

U18s Seal Fine Win with Late Try

Last weekend the young Reds had games against the High School of Glasgow. The U18s eventually made it through to Glasgow (see match report for the story of their journey) and claimed a great win, scoring a late converted try to seal the match at 24-22. The S3s were also victorious 24-5, whilst the S1s slipped to a 6-20 loss against strong opponents. There were no games for the S2s (injuries and illness) and the U16s, whose Scottish Shield quarter-final was postponed and will now be played this Saturday.

Read full report of U18 match

This Saturday (05 February), the Young Reds take on Morrisons Academy across S1, S2 and S3 (all at home), whilst the U16 play their quarter-final against Queen Victoria School. The U18s are still looking for a game.

Saturday 22 January

Last Gasp Broughton Grab Win

Linlithgow  22 – 26  Broughton

A try with the final play of the match gave Broughton a win over the Reds at Mains Park to make it a win apiece over the league matches between the two teams. The Reds had earlier taken the lead with a penalty try, from a maul deliberately collapsed just before it crossed the line, and 5 penalty goals from the boot of Jack Frame.

Read David Mitchell’s report

View Graham Black’s photos

Lasswade Edge Out Reds’ 2s

Linlithgow 2s  12 – 19  Lasswade 2s

Tries from Jamie Tulloch and Euan Murray, with a conversion by Cammy Walker, were not quite enough for the Reds against a strong Lasswade pack in this Tennents Reserve League East 2 encounter at Mains Park.

Read Des Martin’s report

Saturday 15 January

Reds Late Surge Falls Just Short

Linlithgow  27 – 30  Royal High

A good crowd saw league rugby return at last to Mains Park with a cracking match in Tennents East 1. Royal High built and took a good lead deep into the second half, but tries from Fraser Mochrie and Lewis Wells saw the Reds make a late surge which fell just short. The Reds, however, did claim a try bonus point to add to a losing bonus point, to have something to show for their efforts in the match.

Read David Mitchell’s report

View Graham Black’s photos

4 Cracking Wins for Young Reds

Try for U18s v North Berwick

The Young Reds kicked off the New Year in some style with 4 excellent wins against strong opposition. The S3s edged a cracking game 38-31 at Lasswade, while there were fine high scoring wins for the U18s (54-10), U16s (40-24) and S2s (40-16) against North Berwick. The S1s lost out to a very strong North Berwick team. You can read full reports of all 5 matches and view photos by clicking on the link below.

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Saturday 11 December

Ross High Bulldoze Reds

Ross High  21 – 9  Linlithgow

A strong Ross High team, built around a big pack and a powerful No.8, dominated possession and territory in this return league fixture at Tranent. The Reds did well to limit the home side to three tries, whilst Jack Frame kicked all of the Reds points (3 penalties).

Read David Mitchell’s match report

View Graham Black’s match photos

U18s Run in Six Against Quins

Linlithgow  36 – 0  Edinburgh Quins

The Young Reds U18s had a fine home win on Saturday morning, when they defeated Edinburgh Quins at Mains Park. The home side were in control all match and shut out the visitors with an excellent overall team performance, scoring six tries themselves in the process.

Read short report

Saturday 04 December

Reds Claim Try Bonus Win

Linlithgow 22 – 0 Forrester

The Reds dominated this encounter thanks to a strong performance from the pack, with the backs running in 4 tries through Lewis Wells (2), Aidan Rennison and Ross Tulloch.

Read David Mitchell’s match report

Photos by Graham Black

2s Frozen Out at Myreside

Watsonian 2s  22 – 7  Linlithgow 2s

Freezing conditions at Myreside left a number of players close to hypothermia and the players were delighted to hear the final whistle and head to the hot showers! Liam Park claimed the 2s try, with Kiki Cochrane converting.

Read Des Martin’s match report

U16s Big Winners Again

Linlithgow  55 – 10  Glenalmond

Visiting Glenalmond School U16 second string were given a lesson in rugby by the Young Reds on a wet and muddy Lower Mains Park, with the home team running in 9 tries on the back of a brilliant performance in both attack and defence.

Read Graeme Miller’s match report

Wins for S1 and S3 v Ross High

Both the S1s and the S3s recorded good wins on Saturday against Ross High – the S1swinning 42-11, while the S3s won 36-14. The U18s, who still have a number of players unavailable through injury, gave a good account of themselves before going down to Ross High 17-38, with one of Ross High’s tries being scored by a Linlithgow player loaned to them!

Wee Reds at Kinross

The Wee Reds travelled up to Kinross with squads at P5, P6 and P7 levels.

Read Tim Armour’s report for P5s

Saturday 27 November 2021

2nds Run the 1sts Close in Highly Competitive Match

Linlithgow 1s  24 – 17  Linlithgow 2s

Cammy Walker scores for 2s

The Reds have not had a competitive match for 4 weeks and looked a bit rusty at first against a 2s side that have had an excellent string of performances against strong opposition over the same period. The result was a very competitive and compelling match, with the senior side just edging ahead late in the game and shading the match by four tries to three.

Read match report

View Graham’s match photos

Tough Matches for Young Reds

Saturday 27 November 2021

The Young Reds have been flying this season, with most of the age groups playing well and winning the majority of their games. Last weekend, though, they came up against Loretto School, the top school in the Conference, whose Director of Rugby is former Scotland captain Jason White. It was a learning experience for the Young Reds! 

Read more including S2 Match report

Friday 12th November

2s Run in 10 Tries Under Lights

Linlithgow 2s  62 – 0  Leith 2s

Two hat-tricks, one from Lewis Wells, the other from Cammy Walker, plus two tries apiece for Ally Walker and Gregor Stewartaccounted for the 2s ten tries, with Gregor Stewart adding 6 conversions, to take his personal tally to 22 points. Despite the scoreline, Leith gave a fair account of themselves in the second half, when they came close to scoring on a number of occasions.

Read Des’ match report

Saturday 13th November

3 out of 4 Wins for Young Reds

The Young Reds had three wins out of the four matches played against George Watsons College ‘B’ teams on Saturday.

Read match reports

Saturday 06 November

Reds 2s Claim Another Win

Linlithgow Reds 2nds  29 – 19  Gala 2nds

Captain Andrew Archer lead from the front

With the Reds away match at Duns being called off (Covid in Duns camp), the Reds 2sonce again drew top billing with a third successive home match against Border opposition, whose 1st XVs play at the top level of amateur rugby in Scotland. Another cracking performance resulted in another win, this time with a try bonus point.

Read Ian McLean’s report

View Graham Black’s match photos

Four Wins for Young Reds

The S2s were one of 4 teams to win on Saturday

Earlier in the day, it was 4 out of 5 wins for the Young Reds in fixtures against Lasswade.

Read match reports

Saturday 23 October

There were 7 matches played on Saturday, a full set of 5 age group fixtures against Lenzie and 2 senior league matches. You can read reports on all these matches below.

Reds Fall Short at Haddington

Haddington  17 – 12  Linlithgow

Lewis Wells opens the scoring

The Reds travelled to Haddington on Saturday anticipating a tough match and that is exactly what they got. Tries from Lewis Wells and Ross Tulloch, with a conversion from Jack Frame were not enough to secure more than a losing bonus point.

Read David Mitchell’s report

View Graham Black’s photos

2s Win at Home Against Peebles

Linlithgow  19 – 10  Peebles

The 2s turned in another strong performance to defeat their visitors from the Borders. Callum Miller claimed a brace and Andrew Graham also scored a try, with Tom Cole kicking two conversions in the strong wind.

Read Des Martin’s report

Young Reds Take on Lenzie

The Young Reds had fixtures across all age groups against Lenzie Academy / Lenzie Rugby Club. The S1s, S2s and S3s played through at Lenzie, whilst the U16s and U18s were at home.

Read match reports and view photos

Saturday 16 October

Only one match played, as the schools were on their autumn break and the Reds’ league match was postponed at the request of Royal High. This match will now be played in mid-January.

Reds Can’t Quite Weather the Storm

Linlithgow 2s  10 – 24  Melrose Storm

Tom Cole’s disallowed try

With the Reds’ match against Royal High off, the 2s took centre-stage at Mains Park for their league match against top of the table Melrose Storm. Cheered on by the full Reds’ squad, they nearly staged a comeback in a highly entertaining match. A disallowed try (see photo above) at 10-19 midway through the second half was a key point in the game, however no one could deny that the young visitors’ side merited their victory.

Read Des Martin’s match report

View Graham Black’s photos

Saturday 09 October

Only two senior matches and one youth ‘bounce match’ to report on, as there were no school fixtures (autumn break).

Reds Grind Out Win at Wardie

Broughton  8 – 15  Linlithgow

Ross Tulloch opened the scoring

Despite holding a number of aces, the Reds took a long time to put away a plucky Broughton side in this Tennents East 1 league match. Tries from Ross Tulloch and Ruaridh Stewart and 5 points from the boot of Jack Frame, coming off the bench for his first league game of the season, were all they could muster. 

Read Craig Young’s match report

View Graham Black’s photos

Lasswade Flattered by Scoreline

Lasswade 2s  19 – 3  Linlithgow 2s

The 2s travelled through to Lasswade on Saturday, where they faced a strong 22 man squad from the home team. Giving as good as they got for most of the game, the 2s will be disappointed to have conceded 3 tries without reply. There were many strong individual performances.

Read Des Martin’s report

U15s Win Bounce Game

Linlithgow  39 – 7  North Berwick

The Young Reds U15s played a bounce game on Saturday against a North Berwick side looking for a match and for challenging opponents. They got both, as in an entertaining game, the Young Reds ran in 7 tries to the visitors one.

Saturday 02 October and Sunday 03 October

No senior matches, however a full set of youth matches and the home Wee Reds Mini Tournament.

Young Reds Conference Matches

It was a clean sweep against Trinity Academy in Saturday’s Conference matches, with 4 wins and one walk-over. Trinity struggled at all age groups with numbers and, indeed, couldn’t raise an U18 team. You can read the short match reports using the link below.

Read Match reports for Young Reds

Wee Reds Minis Tournament

Action from the P4 Tournament

The Wee Reds Minis Tournament was held on Sunday across 4 venues, utilising the Linlithgow Academy pitch and the Kettilstoun grass pitch, in addition to both Upper and Lower Mains Park. This provided plenty space and separation for each age group and participating teams.

Read Reports for Each Age Group

Saturday 25 September

Royal High prevail in tough encounter with the Reds

Royal High  23 – 6  Linlithgow

As usual, the Reds trip to Barnton on Saturday was a hard fought encounter with the home side gaining the win against a visiting team that failed to meet the heights of the previous 2 weeks.

Read David Mitchell’s report

View Graham Black’s photos

Nothing Phases 2s as they roll on to Another Win

Edin Accies  12 – 41  Linlithgow

Early kick-off, uncontested scrums, hanging about for post protectors and no touchflags – all in a day’s work for industrious Reds’ 2s! Another good performance, another good win.

Read Des Martin’s report

Saturday 18 September

Big Wins for both Reds and 2s

Ruaridh Stewart en route to a fine try

Portobello  8 – 69  Linlithgow

The Reds found fifth gear early in this match at Cavalry Park in Edinburgh, running in 10 tries, with Ross Martin kicking 8 conversions and a penalty. The Reds started the same team that had scored 7 tries against Ross High the previous week and this paid dividends.

Read David Mitchell’s match report

View Graham Black’s match photos

Linlithgow 2s  31 – 12  Watsonian 3s

Meanwhile, back at Mains Park, the 2s put in a fine showing in their opening win of the season against a visiting Watsonian side.

Read Des Martin’s report

Saturday 11 September

Reds Run in Seven Tries

Linlithgow  47 – 17  Ross High

The Reds found their mojo and playing with simplicity and pace were too much for the visitors. There were braces for Ruaridh Stewart, Lewis Wells and Ross Plenderleith, with Cal Thomson chipping in for the other try. Ross Martin kicked 5 conversions and Aiden Rennison one to complete the scoring.

Read David Mitchell’s match report

View Graham Black’s match photos

Ross Tulloch was deservedly named MotM (see in action in top photo and above with captain Euan Mochrie) with a superb all round display at full-back.

Young Reds Impress Again

Fixtures v Howe of Fife

Another good weekend for the Young Reds with fine wins for the S1s, S2s, and U16s against Howe Of Fife / Bell Baxter.

Read match reports

Saturday 04 September

The Reds got their league season going, while the Young Reds had a full set of fixtures against St Columba’s from Kilmacolm.

Reds Stumble at Forrester

Forrester 37 – 21 Linlithgow

With an extraordinary number of players unavailable, the Reds travelled through to Edinburgh to play Forrester in the opening league match of the season.

Read David Mitchell’s report

This was especially disappointing after a very successful pre-season with close fought victories over Lenzie, Dunfermline and Grangemouth.

You can view all the reports from the pre-season matches here

You can also view the reports archive here

Fine Start for Young Reds

Action from S3 match

This was the first full set of fixtures for the Young Reds in over 18 months and they very quickly clicked into gear, recording wins at S1, S2, S3 and U16 levels.

Read reports and view photos

Pre-Season (2021-22)

Good Day Out at Grangemouth

Grangemouth 1s  26 – 38  Linlithgow 1s

Grangemouth 2s  0 – 38  Linlithgow 2s

The Reds travelled through to Grangemouth to play two pre-season matches against Grangemouth 1s and 2s. Both games were competitive, with the Reds 1s trailing with less than 10 minutes ago, before tries from Ross Martin (pushover scrum) and Ross Plenderleith sealed a 38-26 win. Ross Plenderleith claimed a hat-trick in the game, but his 2nd XV colleague Cammy Walker went one better, claiming 4 tries in a 38-0 win, before a late cameo (or should it be “cammy-o”!) off the bench for the 1s, when he nearly scored after a run, kick and chase from his own half.

You can view photo reports on the two matches by following the links below:

Reds at Grangemouth

2nds at Grangemouth

Another Good Run Out

Big thanks to Dunfermline Rugby Club who travelled across to Linlithgow on Saturday 21st August for two pre-season games. The Reds were able to give first starts to three more youngsters and two new players.

Linlithgow  24 – 19  Dunfermline

Linlithgow 2s  34 – 0  Dunfermline 2s

Reds Kick Off New Season

The Reds travelled through to Lenzie on Saturday for their first match of the new season and first since March 2020. Although a pre-season game, in which both sides fielded a large number players, this turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining and competitive match, with the Reds running out 24-21 winners thanks to a late try by Ruaridh Stewart.

It was great to play again against Lenzie and we received an excellent welcome at Viewfield. We wish them all the best for their season and look forward to welcoming them to Mains Park in the not-too-distant future.

See the story of the match in photos

Young Reds S1s Kick Off Season

The Young Reds S1s got the new season started for the Club on Saturday 7th August with an away match at North Berwick against their age grade counterparts.

Read Gordon Muir’s report

Rugby at Last!

It’s been 15 months since a rugby match was played at Mains Park – that was the annual twinning match against Plaisir Rugby Club from near Guyancourt in France in March 2020! It was worth waiting for as the Young Reds S3s (pictured above) and the visitors from Lasswade served up a cracking game of rugby, with the Young Reds running in 6 tries in a superb 40-12 victory.

The Young Reds S1s and S2s both played Lasswade on Saturday as well, coming back from Midlothian with two fine wins.

You can read all about these matches by following this link.

Don’t miss the “try of the season” (yes, I know there may only be a couple more games this season, but this one would be hard to beat!)

Link to “try of season” on video

Archive Match Reports from Previous Seasons