Langholm's biggest away win for years

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Lismore 23 Langholm 37

LANGHOLM recorded their biggest away win for a number of years when they beat the Edinburgh side last Saturday.

After a home win against Hawick Linden the previous week, the team knew an away win would strengthen their confidence on the field.

This match turned out to be a great game of ruby with both teams full of attacking intent. Lismore proved to be a team of strong runners and it was a very physical game.

This was borne out by the two teams trading points in the first 60 minutes and it was only in the last 20 minutes that Langholm's fitness showed through and they powered to a good try bonus win.

The first half was a tight affair, with both teams attacking their opposition lines. Langholm were guilty of a bit of indiscipline and gave away a few penalties.

They struggled to control the scrum but the lineout worked better than the previous week. They also tried to play too much rugby in their own half.

Langholm crossed the line first with a tap and go try from Stuart Hagen. Niall Cubbon converted. Lismore struck back with two penalties before Cubbon kicked a penalty to make the score 6-10 at half time.

The second half was action-packed. Langholm came to life and the centre pairing of Gregor Masterton and Tommy O'Hare worked well.

O'Hare collected the ball and ran up the touchline, beating several defenders to score a good try in the corner. Winger Matthew Pool showed great strength and pace to beat off two defenders and score another excellent try. Cubbon kicked a penalty out wide.

Langholm won a ball inside their own 22 and set up a multi-phase attack which took them to the Lismore try line. From the ruck Alan Tyler picked up and dived over the line to score a bonus point fourth try. Cubbon converted.

With score now 23-30, Langholm were in full control. They set up a number of attacks and were camped on the Lismore line. From another ruck Brodie Smithers gathered the ball and dived over for Langholm's fifth try. Cubbon converted.

It was a great all-round effort from Langholm, with Callum Bell to the fore in defence and Matthew Pool in attack. Alasdair Cavers put in a power of work.

The whole squad played well and put in a big shift to secure a good way win.

This was only the second game of the season and the team are starting to come together and the attitude and will to win is great.

Langholm: Lewis Miller, Jack Pool, Tom O'Hare, Gregor Masterton, Matthew Pool, Niall Cubbon, Fergus Campbell, Bryan Hall, Nathan Smith, Stuart Hagen, Nick Swanston, Nick Laidlaw, Callum Bell, Alasdair Cavers, Steven Nicol, Josh Duffy, Alan Tyler, Colin Dirom, Stephen Devlin, Brodie Smithers, Sam Kitching, Jason Ratcliffe.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:22PM
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