History created as Duns 2nd XV win

Duns RFC's new pitches at Castle Park.
Duns RFC's new pitches at Castle Park.

Duns 2nds 42

Livingston 2nds 17

Whilst the senior side was putting 50 points past Hawick Linden on Saturday, Duns Second XV got their season under way with a league fixture against Livingston Seconds.

The match took place at Castle Park, on the adjacent pitch to the First XV, meaning that for the first time in the club’s 57 year history the First and Second XVs were able to play matches at the same location.

Mind you, the match almost didn’t take place due to the shortage of referees in the Borders at present.

A referee was originally appointed to cover the fixture, but he was spirited away by the Referees’ Society to do another match, so that by 2pm and with both teams arriving for the game it was in danger of not going ahead.

Thankfully Matty Taylor, who was due to play for the Seconds but who also has the necessary refereeing qualification, agreed to step in at the eleventh hour and as a result the club’s historic day went ahead. Everyone at the club is most grateful to him for his very sporting gesture.

The match itself was played in great spirit, and the teams shared nine tries with six of those going to the home side. Duns managed to raise no fewer than 22 players for the match, and one hopes that most of these will make themselves available again this weekend for an away fixture in Edinburgh.

Duns raced into the lead at half time by 28-5, although the honours were shared after the interval when each side scored two converted tries to leave the final score at 42-17 to Duns.

Try scorers for Duns were Chris Williamson, Scot Maceachen, Josh Herbert, Darren Aitchison, Stewart Calder and Richard Burns, with all six converted by Al Hamilton.