S1s v Knox / Haddington

Reports from Young Reds’ Conference Matches Against Knox Academy / Haddington

Fine Win for S1s in Conference

Young Reds Continue to Improve

Linlithgow S1  43 – 0  Knox / Haddington S1

The weather was kind to us on Saturday morning following the Friday storms and the Academy pitch was in good condition for our first home game of the season.

Haddington were keen to play 2 halves rather than thirds which meant less in game coaching time and a different squad rotation than originally planned. The team warmed up well and hit the first half running.

Linlithgow started strongly and used our physical presence well running in 4 unanswered tries in the first half with scores for Oscar, Fergus, Callum and Finlay P. One of our tries was converted by Finlay A. We were good with the ball in hand, utilising off loads, passing before being tackled and our defence was solid when called upon. We ended the first half 22-0 up.

The squad was full of ideas for improvement at the half time break with over 10 players offering an opinion – and all observations were correct! 

Haddington saw a lot more of the ball in the second half and they maintained good back line positioning. On a different day they would have scored a couple of tries had the ball stayed in hand. Having said that the Reds maintained strong defence and when they broke the Haddington defensive line the team were dangerous and there were further tries for Fraser, Callum and Fergus all of which were converted by Fergus, Euan and Finlay A respectively. There could have been more and we will be working on how to best manage ‘white line fever’ and utilising ‘2-on-1’ situations!

Standards slipped a little in the last 5 minutes of each half as some tiredness settled in and the number of scrums increased, emphasising the benefits of the thirds system for this age group. 

It’s not only the players who develop with games – coaches do too! It’s great to have an increasing pool of players and in this game the challenge to the players was raised through keeping their positional awareness and organisation with the many rolling substitutions.

All in all it was another successful morning of rugby and we look forward to our last 2 conference games.

Too often it is only the players who cross the try line or kick at goal who get mentioned in a report but everyone of our players contributed here; whether it be through tackling, being strong in a ruck, off loading, supporting or meeting their personal challenges – so well done to Ally, Lyle, Zac N, Rory, Eric, Archie, Blair, Marshall, Ethan M, Will and Louis – all of whom contributed to the teams win. It was great that Zack W got his first game for the Reds under his belt too, looking very comfortable.

As we approach the school break the S1 half term report card reads well. We have brought a good squad together in a short period of time. The next stage is to meet the development goals from our learning so far and ensure all our players continue to achieve their full potential. 

Stuart Ritchie 

Young Reds U18s Hitting Rich Vein of Form

Haddington / Knox  0 – 62  Linlithgow

Linlithgow U18s travelled through to Haddington on Saturday morning.

Linlithgow managed to build real momentum in the early stages of the game through effective play and kicking the areas very well. Luke O’Hara was once again in fine form from fullback scoring a hatrick within 20 minutes of the first half. Other try scorers on the day were Archie Rusack, Fergus Brady, Fraser Miller, Jack McGee (2), Ross Findlater and 6 conversions from Conor Findlay.

This young Reds team are finding form very well in the season, organising themselves well as a group and playing some really mature and great to watch Rugby.

Team v Haddington

Aaron Mulholland, Oscar Davies, Alex Mchardy, Mack Crawley, James Galbraith, Johnny Pegg, Max Holt, Ross Findlater, Archie Rusack, Conor Findlay, Jake Osborne, Jack McGee, Fraser Miller, Logan Rusack, Luke O’Hara

Replacements (all used):

Ryan Lamb, Jamie Gallagher, Michael Rafferty, Euan McCartney, Fergus Brady

Late Drama in Cracking S2 Match

Linlithgow S2  26 – 35  Knox / Haddington S2

The S2 contest between the Young Reds and Haddington / Knox was a real cracker of a game played on Upper Mains Park – the first time the home team had played there. 

Haddington started really well and raced into a 21-0 lead. They had powerful runners and it looked ominous for the home team. However, the Young Reds suddenly sparked into life and got back to lead 26-21 in the second half, before slipping behind 26-35 with Knox scoring in the final minute and Linlithgow correctly having a try disallowed a couple of minutes earlier. Lots learnt and two really positive teams.

Malcolm Dunn