Rugby: Dalkeith right back in the title hunt

Dalkeith 22-13 Linlithgow
Dalkeith 22-13 Linlithgow

After last week’s disappointing loss in East Lothian, Dalkeith welcomed West Lothian opposition Linlithgow to King’s Park.

A bitterly cold wind was blowing straight down the park, giving a good advantage to the visitors in the first half.

A kick and chase from the visitors gained a scrum on the Dalkeith 22, but Dalkeith intercepted the pass from the stand off and Hamilton led the break out of defence, supported by Clugston and Dalkeith held onto possession to drive into the Linlithgow 22, with Linlithgow then penalised at the tackle.

A quick tap penalty then saw over for the Dalkeith try, 5-0.

The smaller but tighter Linlithgow pack then pressured Dalkeith into a penalty and the points were kicked, 5-3.

Dalkeith were pressured into giving up a five metre scrum on their line, before the visitors pack again took control and drove the bigger home forwards over the line for the try, 5-10.

As well as Dalkeith struggling at scrum time, both sides were also having trouble with the gusty wind at the line out, which was making secure possession difficult.

Dalkeith were doing themselves no favours in midfield either with spilled passes halting progress on several occasions, before gifting Linlithgow a kickable penalty on the home 10 metre
line, 5-13.

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