Hawick Linden 13-31 Duns

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Duns travelled to Hawick Linden for the second time this season, and after suffering a narrow defeat in the league five weeks previously they registered a bonus point win this time round in the pool stages of the RBS Border Shield.

Duns started slowly and went 3-0 down after giving away a penalty from the kick off. Duns gave away a series of penalties and were lucky not to go further behind as the Linden kicker missed two further attempts on goal.

Linden continued to dominate possession until against the run of play Bert Grigg made a good break up the middle and released Noel Hooke to score wide out after 30 mins.

With Linden continuing to press it looked like Duns would turn round behind until Lewis MacAndrew intercepted a loose pass deep in his own half and sprinted clear to score an unconverted try. Duns would have considered themselves fortunate to reach half time 10-6 ahead.

Duns were a different side in the second half, as they produced a much improved performance and began to fulfil some of the promise that has been building up over the last few weeks. Duns then started to dominate possession and after some good interlinking play Danny Lamb scored, and converted his own try. Duns pressured the Linden defence and were held out several times when relieving penalties were conceded. Duns were dominating possession as the Linden side tired and suffered several injuries. Lamb scored and converted his second try of the match to put his side 24-6 ahead.

A fine second half performance was completed at the end when Hayden Martin scored after a long run from his own half, Danny Lamb converted to see Duns run out winners.

This week Duns face Earlston at The Haugh in another Border Shield pool fixture.

Duns: Stuart Thomson; Steven Crawford, Colin Tait, Noel Hooke and Lewis MacAndrew; Hayden Martin and Danny Lamb; Ian Russell, Stewart Calder, Ben Foreman, Euan Reed, John Walker, Bert Grigg, Richard Hume and Graham Letham (captain). Replacements were Craig Renton, Stuart Burns and Allen Whellans.