Duns entertained Earlston in a Berwickshire derby at the Hardens in the final round of matches in this season’s RBS Border Regional Shield competition.
Going into the match both sides knew that winning the Border Shield was beyond them, so there were only local bragging rights at stake. Duns played with the slope in the first half, and had the game sewn up after barely a quarter of the contest by which time they had swept into a 26-0 lead.
The home side started the match like a house on fire, and were camped inside the Earlston 22 for the opening five minutes or so. Eventually their pressure told and after a penetrative run by Stewart Cockburn, who had another good game for Duns in the back row, an offload just short of the line saw Keiran Wilkinson stroll over for the first try of the day. Dale Robertson converted.
Three minutes later, a seemingly aimless chip ahead by Robertson caught the visitors defence napping, and Stuart Thomson won the race to touch down. Again Robertson converted.
A quick tap penalty by Chris Williamson saw the young Duns flanker crash over powerfully for the third try of the game and again the conversion by Robertson found its mark.
Next to score for Duns was Neil Graham. He followed up his kick ahead and dived on the ball himself for a try which seemed to happen in slow motion.
Earlston scored their only points of the match with half an hour gone but just before half time David Hutchison scored the first of his hat-trick of tries and Keiran Wilkinson kicked the extra points.
Duns scored five more tries in the second half through Alexander Auld (2), David Hutchison (2) and Stuart Thomson with Robertson converting two and Keiran Wilkinson converting two. The referee took pity on the visitors and called the game to a halt.
The win, coupled with the excellent result when Duns defeated league leaders Livingston, will put the side in good heart for this weekend when Duns travel to Prestonpans to take on second-placed Preston Lodge in the league.
Duns: Neil Graham; Keiran Wilkinson, Ross Turner, Stuart Thomson and David Hutchison; Dale Robertson and Danny Lamb; Scott McCraw, Cammy Hill, Andrew Connor, Duncan Budge ( captain ), Scott Turnbull, Chris Williamson, Alexander Auld and Stewart Cockburn. The replacements were Allen Whellans, Peter Lamb, Richard Burns and Jamie Renton.