Hawick Harlequins 27
Duns played Hawick Harlequins on the recently flooded pitches at Wilton Lodge Park and, as expected, the ground was very soft resulting in tired legs by the finish.
The Dingers were clearly the better team in the opening quarter with Quins rarely out of their own half. Danny Lamb had a penalty attempt at goal but it drifted just wide. Ollie Smith was then forced to leave the field with a calf injury and was replaced by Bert Grigg.
The match turned in a two minute spell half an hour in. Duns defenders went for a snooze and the Hawick side scored two tries down the right wing, both converted expertly by the Quins stand-off.
Again Duns rallied to gain good possession and territory but still could not trouble the scoreboard. They then suffered another sucker-punch, Quins had a penalty attempt hit the post, but Duns could not clear and following a scrum 10 metres out a slip in centre field allowed the Hawick number 10 under the posts to give himself an easy conversion. Half time score 21-0.
Coach Clark put on all the remaining substitutes after the break and within five minutes James Murphy bashed his way close to the try-line and when the ball was recycled Cammy Hill crossed for his second try of the season. Danny Lamb missed the conversion.
Hawick increased their lead with a successful penalty goal, but the visitors responded with a typically powerful Danny Lamb run which resulted in an excellent try, Hayden Martin was wide with the conversion.
Duns added a third try, Hayden Martin’s break made good ground and full-back Callum Redden finished off wide on the right, Danny Lamb’s successful conversion bringing the visitors to within seven points of the hosts.
The fight back never materialised, however, Duns were giving away too many penalties at the break-down and Quins extended their advantage with an excellent kick from their fly-half.