LASSWADE COLTS 34
DUNS COLTS 24
Duns RFC Colts travelled to Lasswade for a friendly fixture on Saturday, their only warm-up match before the rigours of the Scottish Borders Semi Junior League which is played over 22 consecutive weekends.
The list of players unavailable for the match was as long as the list of available personnel.
Lasswade opened the scoring with an early unconverted try, but Duns were soon on level terms. From a scrum against the head, Rafa Goncalves fed Euan Fleming and the stand off sprinted over in the corner.
Lasswade scored two converted tries to stretch their lead to 19-5, but Duns came back with a try by Andrew Sanderson which was converted by Lewis Craik.
Another try by Lasswade extended their advantage, but the visitors again hit back with their third try.
A pass was intercepted at full tilt by Lewis Craik and the Duns flanker ran in from 40 metres to score under the bar.
His own conversion narrowed the gap to 24-19.
The home side enjoyed by far the greater share of possession in the second half, with Duns living off scraps. They scored first, and threatened on a number of occasions to add to their lead, but resolute defence, particularly from Elliot Paxton who put in some bone-jarring hits, kept them out.
Duns scored a try midway through the half. Lewis Craik, by now playing at stand off following Euan Fleming’s injury, put a delicate chip over the advancing Lasswade threequarter line, and although the home full back was first to the ball he fumbled once, and then again, to give Craik the easiest of tasks to touch down for his second score of the game.
Another Lasswade try in the closing minutes took the final score to 34-24.
The Colts’ league season gets underway away to Kelso Harlequins this Saturday.
Duns Colts: Jack Clayworth; Zander Martin, Andrew Sanderson, Max Redpath and Danny Sanders; Euan Fleming and Rafa Goncalves; Lasswade player, Charlie Marshall, Elliot Paxton, Wesley Hirst, Ollie Manderston, Alex Watson, Brandon Pollock and Lewis Craik (captain).