Duns travelled to Linlithgow to resume their East League 1 capamiagn and despite both teams being idle for six weeks they served up an entertaining game.
Duns started brightly and had all the possession in the early stages. They earned a penalty within five minutes but Dale Robertson’s strike sailed wide of the target.
After 15 minutes Duns kicked ahead to allow Linlithgow possession. Their full back made a lot of ground before the left winger making his first start scored in the corner. The conversion was successful.
The Dingers looked the better team for the remainder of the first half, but attacks were thwarted by conceding penalties at the breakdown. Andrew Baxter was set free but again Duns’ indiscipline was costly. The first Duns try eventually came from a 5m scrum, the set piece in which Duns dominated. Danny Lamb came close and Richard Burns was on hand to barge over. Robertson added the extras.
From the kick-off the ball was knocked on, allowing Linlithgow possession and this pressure was rewarded with a successful penalty to make the score 10-7.
Linlithgow had all the possession in the second period and after 10 minutes added a second try from a 5m line-out, the conversion was missed.
Following a skirmish the referee showed yellows to the Linlithgow flanker and Duns No 8 Burns. Before their return the home side’s debutant winger had completed his hat-trick, both tries unconverted.
Duns rallied and quickfire tries from forwards James Thorburn and Robert Grigg, the first converted by Robertson saw Duns get to within a score of the lead and had the game gone on another few minutes they may well have scored a winner.
Duns: James Murphy, Cammy Hill, Oliver Smith, James Thorburn, Steven Markby, Richard Hume, Robert Grigg, Richard Burns, Danny Lamb, Ged Lamb, Josh Herbert, Dale Robertson, Stewart Thomson, Andrew Baxter, Hayden Martin. Replacements - Douglas Turnbull, Frazer Howie, Tom Swan.