January’s RBS Try of the Month award goes to Ross Plenderleith of Linlithgow, who displayed some superb individual skills to dart in from half-way during his team’s RBS East Regional Division 1 clash against Preston Lodge on Saturday 4 January.
Plenderleith, 20, an apprentice pipe-fitter, said: “I was more shocked than anything to be picking up the award, I didn’t have the slightest clue my try had been put forward. Luckily I had just finished work or the chances are I wouldn’t have been able to answer my phone and would have missed the call.”
The wing created something out of nothing, using quick feet to beat two defenders on the inside before exhibiting searing pace to outstrip the opposition full-back, and dive over the line behind the posts.
“Lots of people had been telling me to get more involved in the game, so I went looking for a crash-ball and a gap just seemed to appear, which was surprising seeing as Preston Lodge are known for their solid defence.”
Plenderleith, complimented the vision his club have implemented for their future and is hoping they will be able to move forward into the national leagues in seasons to come.
“As a club, we’ve come up with a plan for the coming seasons and hope to eventually climb into the RBS National leagues.
“Our new coach, Dale Lyon, has given us a stability which we lacked before, and has provided the team with a good structure which is helping us to improve week on week.
“Hopefully we can build on the platform we’re creating and keep striving to achieve our long term goal of being in the upper reaches of Scottish Rugby.”
This is the second time this season the West Lothian club have been awarded with the accolade as prop, Adam Kelly, won October’s RBS Try of the Month.
Ross will be put forward for the RBS Try of the Season award to be revealed in May, as well as receiving a trophy for his efforts and a pair of tickets for a home Scotland international game, courtesy of RBS, Scottish Rugby's principal partner.
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