Hat-trick by Tait not enough for Seconds

Lasswade 3rd XV 43

Duns 2nd XV 40

Duns second XV travelled to Lasswade on Saturday to play in the RBS Reserve League.

The Duns side had a mix of youth and experience whereas Lasswade had a wealth of experience in their 3rds with one or two young lads waiting on the sidelines.

Lasswade started the stronger and were attacking the Duns line for the first five minutes before Colin Tait ripped the ball from a Lasswade player, popped to Budge Burns who broke away, linked with Andrew French who ran round the defence for a 30 yard score. Budge Burns converted.

The second score came five minutes later after strong scrummaging ended with a pop to Ross Turner who linked with Craig Renton and a switch to Colin Tait finished in the centre scoring his first of the day. Budge Burns converted.

The game then swung in favour of Lasswade who changed tactics and kept the ball in their forwards. A rolling maul inside the Duns 22 ended in a try for Lasswade which was closely followed by some good linking by the home side and a second Lasswade try.

A third Duns try from Colin Tait came from some nifty footwork by Ross Turner turning the defence inside and out before linking with Tait who scored under the posts. Budge Burns once again converted.

John Warren and Andrew French were substituted for Jamie Gillie and Richard Darling shortly before halftime leaving Duns leading 21–17 at the break.

Shortly after the break Euan Reed passed out to Colin Tait who broke through the defence and scored his hat-trick try under the posts. Barry Hamilton converted.

Within five minutes Duns scored again after Craig Renton broke up the blindside but the try was not converted, but shortly afterwards Renton scored his second of the day and converted his own score.

Duns lost Budge Burns after he took a heavy knock. Andrew French came back onto the wing with Richard Darling moving into outside centre and Ross Turner moving to full back.

The changes allowed Lasswade back into the game with two quick tries.

Duns continued to play running rugby and had some passes gone to support players they may have been able to keep the score out of reach from Lasswade. However, Lasswade scored in the last minute taking them three points clear and winning at the final whistle 43-40.