Duns RFC’s new season got off to the worst possible start at Hawick on Saturday.
Not only did the Dingers lose 44-19 to Hawick Harlequins but they also lost the services of two of their inspirational players in the first half of the match.
Firstly influential scrum half Danny Lamb was forced to leave the field with a recurrence of an ankle injury but Duns were then dealt the cruellest of blows when they lost their captain Dale Robertson to an horrific leg injury.
Dale had made a half break but was collared by two defenders, and as the three players fell to the ground there was a sickening crack which left the Duns player with a broken leg.
Once he had been made as comfortable as possible in the circumstances the touch flags were uprooted and moved to the adjacent pitch, where the match resumed with few of the Duns players having the stomach to continue the fight.
The ambulance arrived after 25 minutes to take Dale to hospital, where a broken tibia and fibula were diagnosed. An operation took place on Monday to pin and plate the break.
Everyone at Duns RFC would like to pass on their very best wishes to Dale for a speedy and complete recovery.