This meeting of the clubs was a tie in the BT Borders Shield Competition and despite the fact that both sides had ceased to have any interest in the final result of this contest, the game was played in a whole-hearted competitive fashion.
At a cold and windy Wilton Lodge Park, Duns started with the wind at their backs and with that advantage were camped in the Quins’ half in the early stages of the game. It did, however, take 20 minutes before they scored their first points.
Following a series of attacks which were held up on the line, Duns scrum half Danny Lamb broke from the back of a five metre scrum to score a fine try. Duns continued to press and Lewis Craik, playing at centre, went over for the visitors’ second try and this time was successful with the conversion kick.
This ended the first half scoring with Duns leading 12-0.
Unfortunately for the home side, the wind, which had been a boon for Duns from the start, had now died down considerably. Quins did have the upper hand for the beginning of the second half and a penalty attempt from the Duns 22 was narrowly missed.
After 15 minutes of the half Duns flanker Steve Crawford was yellow-carded for a tackle on the Quins’ scrum half when he was not in possession of the ball. Shortly after this the aforementioned scrum half, Neil Douglas, took his revenge, when he nipped over for a try to score Quins’ first points. The conversion kick was missed.
Duns hit a real purple patch in the last five minutes of the game. Firstly Hayden Martin caught a kick ahead from Quins inside in his own half, made a fine break and laid it off nicely to Scott Maceachan who finished off the move with a try.
Then, making amends for previous misdeeds, Crawford, from just inside the Quins’ half broke through and ran in for a good individual try. Craik converted making the final score Harlequins 5 Duns 24.
Duns: Euan Reed; Scott Maceachen, Lewis Craik, Callum Redden and Stuart Burns; Hayden Martin and Danny Lamb; Scott McCraw, Cammy Hill, Douglas Turnbull, Scott Turnbull, Steven Markby, Steven Crawford, Robert Grigg and Graham Letham. The replacement was Jack Clayworth.