Colts lose in league and cup double header

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DUNS Colts entertained Selkirk Youth Club at Berwickshire High School on Saturday in a match which acted as a double header for league points in the Scottish Borders Semi Junior League and the first round of the Border Cup.

In previous matches Duns had been guilty of not being switched on straight from the kick off, and very often conceded points in the opening minutes of games.

That failing, thankfully, was redressed in this match, and it was Duns who had all of the early pressure.

Only a wrong option here, or a spilled pass there, prevented the home side from scoring several tries in the opening quarter of an hour.

Selkirk gradually exerted more influence on proceedings, and coupled with a plethora of injuries in the Duns ranks which upset the shape of the home side the visitors gained the upper hand.

By half time, Charlie Marshall, James Thomson and Scot MacEachen had all retired injured, and Selkirk had scored four tries, one of which was converted. The only answer by Duns was a penalty from Dom Ginn.

In the second half Duns defended very well, but had little opportunity to show what they had to offer in attack.

Selkirk scored two more tries, one of which was converted, to run out worthy winners.

Duns now drop into the Border Plate, where they have been drawn at home to Tynedale in the semi-final this Saturday.

The Duns team was:- Dom Ginn; Rob White, Callum Redden, Steven Patterson and Andrew Sanderson; James Thomson and Angus Baker; Charlie Marshall, Patrick Watson (captain), Dylan Renton, Chris Browne, Wesley Hirst, Lewis Craik, Steven Markby and Scot MacEachen. The replacements were Angus Webster, Ewan Fleming, Rafael Goncalves, Douglas Turnbull and Kyle Semple.