Porty 1sts vs Liberton

Seniors Coach Graham Inglis (Jingles) give his match report of the game on the 19th of September 2015:

A fantastic September day for playing rugby met the sides at Kirkbrae Playing Fields and Portobello would field their 34th Player of the League Campaign in just 3 games. It should be noted that Jack Stevenson became the 33rd Player of the league campaign and he acquitted himself very well at scrum half when he came on after 5minutes until he was injured late in the game.

The September sunshine was not greeted with the rugby it deserved and the first half was very uneventful as it was littered with mistakes and restart after restart. It largely moved from scrum to line out to penalty which was broken by the odd kick at goal.

Liberton had a place kicker and they deservedly went in at the break 3-0 ahead.

Portobello were up the slope and against the wind after the break and started with a bang. Good work by Niall Parkinson down the right, getting between two defenders and off-loading round the back to the well timed run of Ali Bain and the rest was elementary.

Portobello were soon on the attack again and putting together some good phase play and getting over the gain line. Starting from deep in their 22, Will Murray cut a good line and Cammy Walker was quick to read the half break receiving the off load to rampage up the pitch and throw a long pass to Ali Bain who executed a fantastic take, skinned the defence and passed inside to Chris Ainsworth. Nothing silly this time from Portobello as they recycled the ball and Mitch Walker romped through the disorganised defence to score a second for the Blue and Gold.

The Portobello Scrum had struggled all day to deal with the Liberton power and when they applied pressure on the Portobello line the referee decided it warranted a penalty try.

Liberton had stuck together as a team and weathered the Porty storm. They managed to apply pressure and through tight driving scored in the right hand corner.

The 13 Porty Players left on the field, as the referee would not allow any further replacements, did well to keep Liberton out and secure a losing bonus point.

Portobello will need to turn their fortunes around when the top of the League visit next week.

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