Murrayfield Wands 43
Duns started the new season in BT East Regional League Division 1 with a trip to the capital to play Murrayfield Wanderers and were roundly beaten in a match which was as one-sided as it sounds.
The Dingers kicked off with the breeze behind them and almost immediately were on the back foot as they faced wave after wave of attacks by the home side, who had complete control of the match in the opening quarter but was not until Josh Herbert had been yellow carded with 20 minutes gone, for a high tackle which some referees may have deemed serious enough to warrant a red, that Murrayfield opened their account with a try which went unconverted.
Duns were conceding many penalties in their efforts to keep their line from being broken again, and the referee warned them that a further yellow card was not far away. It was duly meted out to hooker Richard Hume and it was just before the break that Murrayfield scored their second try through their scrum half. A simple conversion made it 12-0 at the interval.
In the second half it was a case of ‘as you were’, with Murrayfield enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Duns were constantly on the back foot against a much bigger and more powerful home pack. A third try, and conversion made it 19-0.
By the midway point in the second half, injuries took their toll on Duns to the extent that five players had left the field unable to continue. The Lamb brothers at half-back, Danny and Ged, as well as Josh Herbert, James Murphy and Dougie Turnbull, were all forced to retire, and with only four replacements permitted - Ollie Smith, Ross Turner, Michael Thomson and Matthew Taylor, the visitors were forced to play the final quarter of the contest a man down. Coupled with the earlier yellow cards, it meant that Duns had played half of the match with only 14 players.
Murrayfield turned the screw in the final quarter, and scored four tries in that period.
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