Duns Colts 15-7 Tynedale Colts

Jack Clayworth and Kyle Semple scored tries as Duns Colts recorded their first victory of the season against larger, well-drilled opponents.

The match was moved to the wide open spaces of the Hardens so as to give the smaller pitch at the old school – used for training, school games and club games – a breather after the heavy overnight rain.

Both teams tried to run the ball at every opportunity and as a result the match was very entertaining.

Duns played up the slope in the first half, and took the lead after seven minutes with a successful penalty from Dom Ginn.

Tynedale scored their only points of the match with a try and conversion midway through the half after a strong, mazy run by their right wing took him firstly outside his opposite number and then back inside the covering full back. He behind the posts to make the conversion a formality.

Duns hit Tynedale with a two-try blitz at the start of the second period. First to score was Zack Clayworth, who broke clear up the left wing and crossed in the corner. A few minutes later Kyle Semple rounded off a great team try when, after several phases of play inside the Tynedale 22, he went over near the posts. Ginn converted.

Despite much endeavour from both sides in the final 20 minutes there was no further scoring.

Mention must be made of the match referee, Ross Mabon from Langholm.

Officiating in only his second 15-a-side game, and younger than many of the players at only 17 years old, he controlled the match very well indeed.

Duns Colts: Jack Clayworth; Zander Martin, Kyle Semple, Callum Redden and Max Redpath; Dom Ginn and Angus Baker; Dougie Turnbull, Wesley Hirst, Elliot Paxton, Ollie Smith, Ollie Manderson, Lewis Craik ( captain ), Brandon Pollock and Rafael Goncalves. The replacements were Paul Ranson, Jack Sanderson and Cameron Burnett.