Duns lose to hosts in final of North Berwick Sevens

North Berwick Sevens Tournament. Dunbar in green.
North Berwick Sevens Tournament. Dunbar in green.

Duns reached the final of the North Berwick Sevens on Saturday after coming undefeated through four pool matches.

The first opponents for Duns were Forrester FP. The match started badly for Duns when David Hutchison was the victim of a stiff-arm tackle after barely 10 seconds which left him prostrate with a very nasty cut inside his mouth. However, Duns played some decent rugby to win by 31-5, tries coming from Ross Turner, Andrew Baxter, Al Hamilton (2) and Chris Williamson.

It was not possible to find anyone in North Berwick able to stitch his mouth, so David Hutchison was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment, and was able to hot-foot it back to the ground to make a cameo appearance in the final.

In their second pool match Duns came up against the holders, a North Berwick Exiles VII. Duns clearly had not read the script, and raced into a 24-0 lead before the exiles scored a consolation try at the end of the match. The Duns tries came from Chris Williamson, Al Hamilton, Andrew Connor and and Andrew Baxter.

Next up were Hawick Linden. Duns again raced into an early lead, and despite being pegged back in the second half they scored the final try of the game to win by 24-5 with tries from Euan Reed, Andrew Baxter, Stuart Thomson and Ross Turner.

The final group match was against the fancied Musselburgh side. However, Duns showed their opponents no mercy, and racked up their biggest total of the afternoon to win by 36-12. Try scorers for Duns were Andrew Baxter with a hat-trick, Chris Williamson with two, and Ross Turner.

By topping their pool Duns had reached the final, where they faced the home side. North Berwick had come easily through their pool, but crucially had played one match less due to the very late withdrawal of Lasswade from the tournament. Duns were also two players short, and although they invited a couple of the North Berwick Exiles players to make up the numbers, as was permitted by the tournament rules, the Exiles declined to help Duns in a match against their home club.

However, like the cavalry coming to the rescue over the hill, David Hutchison arrived back from hospital just in time to take his place on the bench.

The final, unfortunately was a one-sided affair, with North Berwick playing some excellent rugby to lead by 22-0 at half time.

There was a brief glimmer of hope for Duns when David Hutchison scored but then it was as-you-were and North Berwick scored four more tries to win 42-5.