Duns pay penalty for their indiscipline

Duns' Stuart Thompson tries to make a break during Saturday's match against Hawick Quins.
Duns' Stuart Thompson tries to make a break during Saturday's match against Hawick Quins.

Duns 7

Hawick Harlequins 21

Duns welcomed old friends Hawick Harlequins to Castle Park on Saturday, seeking to continue their unbeaten run on home turf this season.

Another perfect day for rugby saw Duns kick off and it was Quins who got the scoring under way with a penalty from Peffers after only five minutes.

The next 25 minutes of the match were played almost entirely without incident, and confined to the area between the two 22 metre lines. Duns were being denied meaningful possession by the Quins, but were a match for the visitors when they had the ball.

The match sparked into life with five minutes of the half remaining. Sandy Sanderson made a break up the right but was tackled. From the ruck Lewis Craik, then Stuart Thompson, took the ball on and finally Jamie Renton went over for the first try of the game, and his 75th for the First XV. Dale Robertson kicked the conversion, and Duns lead 7-3.

Peffers kicked his second penalty a couple of minutes later to reduce the leeway to a point.

The second half was marred by periods of indiscipline by Duns, who conceded penalty after penalty for a multitude of offences at the breakdown and Peffers slotted penalty number three to give his side a two point lead.

Midway through the half the Quins broke through the middle of the Duns defence and crossed for an unconverted score, and after the try had been awarded the referee also yellow-carded Dale Robertson for a transgression in the lead-up to the score.

Duns held out for five minutes with 14 players, before Richard Burns - who had taken to the field as a half time replacement - was also asked to leave the field for 10 minutes.

By now Duns were chasing the game, and as so often happens on these occasions the error count increased. Penalty kicks to touch were missed, at least two penalty attempts at goal went well wide, and there were dropped passes and knock-ons.

With full time approaching Duns conceded a soft try which robbed them of even a losing bonus point. From a scrum the Quins kicked ahead. The bounce of the ball beat the last man and fell kindly for a Quins player who scored a simple converted try.