Dunbar 2nd XV24
Duns 2nd XV45
Duns seconds travelled up the A1 to play their Dunbar counterparts in the league.
With conditions perfect for open rugby, the Duns team did not disappoint. In the opening 20 minutes the young second team played rugby at the highest level, with power, pace, and slick passing. Every time Duns got the ball, whether from the set piece or from broken play, Dunbar could not contain the rampant Dingers. In this opening period Duns ran in three tries with Scott Turnbull, Jamie Semple and Dane Ivison touching down. Craig Renton converted all three.
At this stage Dunbar were dead and buried - or so we thought. However, great credit to them as for the next 20 minutes they dug deep and competed excellently having worked out that if Duns didn’t have the ball they couldn’t score so their kicking game was abandoned and out came the effective old-school ten man game.
The Dunbar forwards simply kept hitting it up with rucks and mauls which slowed the game down and frustrated the Duns team. Although the game had changed Duns coped with the physical side well. Dunbar scored a well taken try before Lewis Hughes crossed the line too far out for Renton to convert. Half time came with Duns up by 26-5
The second half started with Dunbar picking up where they left off. In the first 15 minutes they were in the ascendency and scored two tries to take them within touching distance of Duns. The Duns response was swift. Scott Turnbull and Lewis Hughes both got on the scoreboard to record a brace apiece.
Dunbar scored again before Jamie Semple concluded matters with the last try of the game. Craig Renton converted two of the three second half tries.
Scott Turnbull was named “man of the match” after some strong bullocking runs from the big second row.