Late tries give Berwick victory as seconds contest local derby

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Berwick 2ndXV 17 Duns 2ndXV 7 The Duns seconds unbeaten run came to an end at Scremerston when the home side came out on top on Saturday.

Duns knew that a tough game would be on the cards as Berwick had no first team fixture and a number ofregulars filled the home side ranks. This, coupled with the Dingers having a weakened team due to call ups to the senior team and unavailability, proved a tipping point.

Duns started poorly and for the opening 15 minutes never got out of first gear while Berwick showed a lot of determination and were certainly a much better team than the one Duns faced earlier in the season.

Berwick opened the scoring with a well taken try after some strong running from the centre pairing to release the full back. Duns then come back and were held up twice over the line before Crawford sliced through the Berwick midfield to touch down. Renton added the conversion.

This spurred on Duns who finished the half strongly but were unable to add to the score. The second half started well for Duns with long periods in the Berwick half but despite their dominance they could not break down a very good defensive line. Duns were forced to make several changes which disrupted the set piece and gave the home side the opportunity to take control.

For the last quarter Duns put up a valiant rear-guard action but could not keep Berwick out. With ten minutes left the deadlock was broken with Berwick scoring an unconverted try with another right at the death.