Injuries and poor discipline cost Duns

Lewis Craik, scorer of on the the Duns tries in the first half.
Lewis Craik, scorer of on the the Duns tries in the first half.

Forrester 23

Duns 17

Despite leading 17-10 at half-time Duns contrived to lose this game through a combinbation of indisicpline and several injuries.

Duns collected the kick off and attacked with ball in hand. A break by Ged Lamb sent Dale Robertson galloping under the posts, vut the final pass was judged forward and the try scoring chance was lost.

Duns continued to dominate possession but were turned over near halfway. Forrester attacked for the first time and a Duns infringement at the breakdown resulted in an easy penalty chance and Forrester took the lead.

A break by Danny Lamb made ground deep into Forrester territory but this was the last action for the scrum-half as he retired injured. This did not seem to change the Duns style of play and good handling resulted in Callum Redden diving over in the left corner. Ged Lamb added the extra points with a fine conversion.

Forrester hit back when their centre crossed near the Duns posts, the successful conversion gave Forrester the lead.

Duns forced a penalty from the restart. Ball off the top from the resulting line-out was quickly moved left for Kyle Semple to score. Then Ged Lamb made a scything break down the middle and more good handling saw Lewis Craik cross for a fine team try. Neither conversion was successful. Duns had dominated the final 10 minutes of the first half and reached the break leading 17-10.

Duns lost Ged Lamb injured in the second half and then, in quick succession, Charlie Woodhouse, Doug Turnbull and Stephen Chisholm were shown the yellow card. Duns had to play nearly 30 minutes of the second half short-handed and were twice reduced to 13 players.

Forrester took full advantage running in two tries and kicking a penbalty to make the final score 23-17.

Duns: Callum Redden; Michael Thompson, Dale Robertson, Hayden Martin, Kyle Semple; Ged Lamb, Danny Lamb; Dougie Turnbull, Cammy Hill, Frazer Howie, Steven Markby, Scott Turnbull, Charlie Woodhouse, Bert Grigg, Lewis Craik. Replacements - James Murphy, Stephen Chisholm, Ollie Smith, Lewis MacAndrew.