Livi’s flight for­ward in Ed­in­burgh Shield

Com­fort­able win over Penicuik ri­vals

West Lothian Courier - - Drivetime Extra - Liv­ingston............ 66 Penicuik .............. 12

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

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