Duns played their first fixture for a month, and only their second in 10 weeks, when they travelled to Dalkeith for an East League 1 match on Saturday.
Duns started brightly and should really have scored in the first passage of play, but the final pass was dropped. After weathering the early Duns storm, Dalkeith worked their way downfield and took the lead when their kicker Clugston slotted a penalty on five minutes.
A Dalkeith clearance kick to touch was badly sliced, and was caught acrobatically by Charlie Woodhouse on the wing. He set up a ruck, from which a popped pass found Angus Tullie who barged over from close range less than half an hour into his debut match for the club. Danny Lamb kicked the conversion.
Dalkeith replied almost straight away with their only try of the game when their centre crossed in the corner for an excellent individual try, although too far out for the conversion. Another Dalkeith penalty from Clugston gave the home side the lead by 13-7 at the interval.
At half time Duns rung the changes in order to bolster their scrum and these fresh legs, coupled with the tiring effect of the mud on the much bulkier Dalkeith forwards, gave the Duns pack the edge.
David Hutchison was given some room up the left touchline and crossed in the corner. Danny Lamb’s conversion attempt fell short, but he was on target 10 minutes later with a shot at goal from 35 metres or so which gave Duns the lead by 15-13.
Duns were reduced to 14 men when Stuart Thomson received a yellow card for ‘rucking too aggressively’ but the visitors coped in his absence. A Dalkeith forward was also sin-binned giving Duns the upper hand as the match headed to a conclusion.