RBS Regional East Division 1
Linden bounced back from the previous week’s heavy defeat to put in a tremendous display of running rugby, scoring some thrilling tries.
Despite being well on top it took the Linden 20 minutes to get on the scoreboard. Craig Russell was ruled to have been held up over the line but from the resulting scrum Graham Colville picked and drove over under the posts and Steven Beattie added the conversion.
Nathan Murray’s pace and elusive running was becoming an increasingly regular threat before he fielded a clearance kick in his own half, danced away from a couple of tackles and raced up the touchline for a fantastic score.
Trinity hit back with a penalty goal but it was Murray’s running that led to another try. His break up the middle was taken on by Craig Mitchell and Stuart Renwick’s grubber kick was messed up by the visitor’s winger. Russell pounced to increase the Linden’s lead to 17-3 at the break.
The second half started perfectly for the Royal Blues as Murray once more ran back a Trinity kick and his superb break and long pass put Russell over in the corner.
A quickly taken tap penalty in their own half was taken on by Jamie Scott, Russell went through a gap, on to Murray whose inside pass back to Russell completed a tremendous score. Renwick converted.
The Linden were now in full flow and straight from the kick off it was Murray again who broke from his own half, beat the full-back to go the distance.
The Linden made a mess of a line out and loose ball was kicked on by the visitors to secure a try.
But their response was immediate. Scott stole a line out and some forward surges ended with Greg Cunningham going over, Beattie converted.
Fittingly the final score was from that man Murray as he followed Russell in completing a hat-trick.