Livi’s flight forward in Edinburgh Shield
Comfortable win over Penicuik rivals
Alistair Knox Livingston eased into the next round of the Edinburgh Shield after an emphatic home win over Penicuik.
A blistering first half display ensured there would be no cup upset at Almond Park as the hosts led 38-5 at the break.
Livi refused to take their foot off the gas in the second half as they tallied four further tries to wrap up the victory.
Gavin Paul got things up and running as he bundled over for the game’s first try, which was converted by Dean Edwards.
It was quickly apparent that the hosts were by far the stronger side and their dominance saw them race out to a 24-0 lead with three further tries before the visitors responded.
Marius Tamosaitis drove over the line to score Livi’s second try, before converted tries from Paul and scrum-half Ally Williamson ensured the home fans had plenty to cheer.
Penicuik reduced the arrears when they got themselves on the scoreboard with an unconverted try but they found themselves quickly on the back foot once again as Livi bagged tries number five and six prior to the interval thanks to Jason Watt and Alan Bodel.
Despite being overwhelmed during the first 40 minutes, Peniuick refused to give up and were the first to score in the second half, reducing the gap to 26 points.
However, a rampant Livingston side took their tally to 10 tries before the final whistle was blown as Ross Nevin sprinted 50 yards down the left wing for a fine score to make it 45-12.
Further tries from Graham Steel, Aaron Ferguson and Alex Bruce completed the rout while Edwards impressed as he converted eight of his side’s 10 tries - the trick now is for them to take this form into the league.
Too strong Marius Tamosaitis evades tackles to score