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Linlithgow RFC Fixtures
Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Fixtures Saturday 20th January 2007 

REDS 1's          v          Portobello     (home)     2pm KO

REDS 2's          v          Ross High      (away)     12Noon KO @ Meadow Hill.       

REDS 3's          v          Watsonians   (home)     2.30pm KO

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 January 2007 )
Musselburgh's Muscle Deafeats Livi
Monday, 15 January 2007

Musselburgh 14 – 0 Livingston 

Musselburgh RFC welcomed Livingston RFC to Stoneyhill this week for there first home game of 2007. What a horrible day it was on Saturday for a game of rugby, the rain was heavy, the wind could have cut you in two and the pitch could only be described as a mud bath. 

With Livingston still having key players out on Saturday through injury and other players playing out of position, the weather was not the only factor that was going to make this game an up hill struggle for them. Musselburgh were joint top of the league with a game in hand and Livi were still down in eighth position. 

Musselburgh kicked off and both teams started the game well with an open game that both were keen to win. Livingston started well putting on early pressure and receiving the first penalty of the game in there own half. They then won the lineout from the penalty and had a good rolling maul before it was collapsed and cleared by Musselburgh.  

The first points of the game came just after five minutes when Musselburgh Stand Off  G.Leitch received the ball off the back of a scrum on the halfway line. Leitch then threw a dummy pass and split the Livingston backs defence wide open. Leitch proceeded to run 20 yards before passing the ball out to number 13 A.Cook to score under the posts. Fullback G.Wells was successful with the conversion taking the score to Musselburgh 7 – 0 Livingston. 

Livingston then applied great pressure through the forwards with a rolling maul and drive from there own halfway line to just outside Musselburgh’s try line. The Maul was then collapsed and Livi were penalised for holding the ball on the ground, giving Musselburgh the opportunity to clear the danger. 

The second try of the game came after just ten minutes of play, again it was for Musselburgh. Number 13 A.Cook with his second try of the match after good strong running down the left wing and beating two Livi players due to poor miss tackles by them to let Cook score just left of the posts making the extra two points a certainty for Fullback Wells to convert. This took the score to Musselburgh 14 – 0 Livingston. 

Musselburgh were again on the attack with a penalty they put in to touch in Livi’s twenty-two. Fortunately Livi Flanker S.Logan won the Musselburgh lineout and ran the ball twenty yards up the park out of danger before off loading to J.Aslet who made another twenty yards. 

Musselburgh were taking control of the game and it was not long before the pressure paid off again. This time in the shape of a rolling maul that Livi scrum half J.Bracher tried to collapse (in the eyes of the referee D.Crudge) and was sin binned for ten minutes with a yellow card leaving Musselburgh with an extra player on the park. Fortunately the penalty Musselburgh received never resulted in anymore points for them after Livi Hooker A.Laird intercepted a pass and ran Livi out of danger. 

Musselburgh failed to take any advantage of having an extra player on the park as the first half ended Musselburgh 14 – 0 Livingston with everything to play for in the second half. 

All the early pressure in the second half was put on to Musselburgh by Livingston with some good play through there backs with a miss move before E.Waqa crashed the ball up, unfortunately knocking the ball on in the tackle letting Musselburgh off the hook once again. 

Livi continued to push to try and get something from the game with good play from Livi forwards after a break through the middle of the park from Flanker S.Logan before off loading to Number 8 G.Steel who passed to scrum half J.Bracher who was bundled in to touch on the Musselburgh 22 yard line. 

The handling was good by both teams on Saturday in what can only be described as treacherous conditions. It was a fairly evenly matched game on Saturday after the opening ten minutes. Livi just failed to take advantage of all the pressure they put on to Musselburgh throughout the game. The win for Musselburgh took them clear at the top of the Premiership League Division 3 on 68 points leaving Livingston still in eighth position on 29 points. 

Livingston;- T.McCarthy, A.Laird, B.Middlemass, S.Hay, J.Aslet, D.Laird, S.Logan (C), G.Steel, J.Bracher, J.Bruton, S.Bracher, E.Waqa, G.Kidd, S.James, C.Lewis. Subs;-  G.Mushet, D.Stone, A.White and A.Bridge. 

Musselburgh;- G.Talac, R.Chesham, D.Fitzgerald, C.Walker, R.Mcbride, S.Monaghan, S.Porteous, B.Morrison, W.Easton, G.Leitch, F.Boyter, D.Hughes, A.Cook, G.Walker, G.Wells. Subs;- F.Sutherland (C), E.Dawson, R.Connerton and A.Stewart.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 January 2007 )
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