Reds lose to classy Kelso side
Frank the Pugs round up from last week game
Unfortunately, Frank was enjoying some dinner theatre on Friday night and was unable to watch the game live, and with nobody willing to slip into the collar this week we have no in-depth report.
The Reds were showing several personnel changes from the previous weeks excellent in away at Biggar, and some additional positional changes. The game started with uncontested scrums as Kelso were unable to field a front row, and while it may have impacted the spectacle and enjoyment for some it is unlikely to have affected the result.
The Reds lost ball carrying talisman Ryan McConnell after 10 mins with a shoulder injury, hopefully a precautionary exit from the field of play as the Reds will need Rhino at full steam this week against Edinburgh Accies. Josh Muir did a good job of picking up the ball carrying mantle from Rhino, well supported by Rhys Wilson and David Brown as the forwards more than held their own. Callum Gray was introduced for McConnell and had a fine showing in the back row, demonstrating great work rate and commitment.
It was Josh Muir who scored the Reds' first try from a pick and go. His strong showing against Kelso on the back of great performance from the bench at Biggar show how competitive the back-row selection is for the Reds.
The Reds backs were struggling to keep the pacey Kelso backline in check; Greg McConnell was again enjoying a career renaissance in the stand-off position again linking up well with Dan Edwards. Alan Smellie enjoyed a few surges in attack without making any clear headway.
Half time: Kelso 17-5 Reds
The Reds were next to score with Rhys Wilson flopping over from a pick and go. It’s been great to see Rhys back with Peebles and not just because props are like gold-dust.
The game remained finely balanced at 17-10 for much of the second half. The changes for the Reds continued as Euan Jackson ran himself into the ground and had to be substituted. The coaches duly emptied the bench to get everyone some game time. These changes saw Alan Smellie fill in at both second row and no8, at this rate Smudge will be following the Neil Hogarth path from wing to prop.
Unfortunately, another try by Kelso took the score to 24-10 and due to someone not paying the electricity bill and the lights going off the game finished at 24-10.
David Brown summed things up well for the Reds: "The score doesn’t matter tonight, we played well and stood up against them. We just need to cut out the handling errors and I am confident we can beat Edinburgh Accies next weekend."
Frank would like to take this chance to remind everyone that the Reds play Edinburgh Accies at Haylodge this week at 2pm in a top the table clash. The Boys would all really appreciate as much support as they can get.