Dalkeith 2nds 22, Duns 2nds 93
Iain Sim demonstrated why this he has been selected for Scotland Under-18 trials after running in eight tries in an impressive performance.
Duns returned from King’s Park, Dalkeith with a victory following a lively match that started and finished with a flourish, well refereed by Colin Alistair.
In the eighth minute Duns conceded a penalty for holding but the resulting kick was caught by James Weir and passed to Iain Sim whose solo jinking run to the right corner post resulted in Duns getting early points on the board. The try was unconverted.
Two minutes later Duns made the best use of a tap penalty and Jacob Cotton ran in an excellent try which was converted by Euan Reed taking the score to 0-12 to Duns.
Within a minute there was another yet another spectacular try by Iain Sim from a run started by Stevie Crawford, which was duly converted by Euan Reed.
Duns added two more converted tries from Iain Sim moving the score to 0-33 to Duns. Both these tries were jinking probing runs from young Iain which the opposition had absolutely no answer to.
At about the 25 minute mark Dalkeith were awarded a penalty. They took the kick but missed and failed to score. This was quickly punished by a rapid attack and run again by Iain Sim resulting in a converted try.
All credit to Dalkeith as they kept coming at Duns and were rewarded with an unconverted try in the 28th minute taking the score to 5-40.
On the half hour mark there was a charging run this time from Dane Ivison whose try was unconverted.
There was one more try from Duns before half time, again a penetrating solo run by Iain Sim taking his tally at half time to six tries, equalling the club record. The try was converted by Euan Reed. Half time score 5-52.
Dalkeith hadn’t given up and shocked Duns by coming immediately out of the blocks at the start of the second half to score an unconverted try taking the score to 10-52. Their try was by their veteran prop forward David Dalgleish at 62 years of age.
They came at Duns again in the 48th minute and scored a try which was duly converted.
Two minutes later Duns struck back with a splendid determined try from Tom Swan and it was converted by Euan Reed to move the score to 17-59.
There was no stopping Duns now and on the 53 minute mark a great solo run from Greg Gillan gave Duns anther try which wan’t converted,
The only low point in the game came on the 57th minute when Greg Gillan came off injured after a dump tackle preceded by a two footed slide tackle. The result was Dalkeith’s full back was red carded and Dane Ivison was immediately substituted because of a little retaliation. This calmed the situation down and the game continued without incident.
Dalkeith scored another try which again was unconverted. The score by then was 22-64.
After battling courageously for the line Duns No 8 James Weir got downward pressure on the ball to score another try in the right hand corner for Duns. The try was unconverted.
Almost immediately from the restart the spectatotrs were treated to yet another of Iain Sim’s runs which resulted in a try which was duly converted by Euan Reed.
Not to be outdone, a solo run from Tom Swan from the halfway line added more to Dalkeith’s misery and this great try was converted by Reed who had an excellent day of kick conversions.
On the 71st minute it was that man again Iain Sim. Not content to now be holding the club record with seven tries, he ran in a try from inside the Duns half to take his personal tally to a new club record of eight tries. The try was unconverted.
In the dying moments of the game Daniel Wright ran in an excellent try just to rub salt in the wounds of Dalkeith. The try was unconverted and the final score was 22-93
Although this sounds a little like a one sided game it was far from that and all credit to Dalkeith for their fortitude. They never gave up and never stopped coming at Duns who had to play rugby for the whole of the match.
Many congratulations to Iain Sim on an impressive performance and it is plainly obvious why this young man has been selected for Scotland trials. Well done. However, it wasn’t a one man show and all star players are only as good as the team around them. Duns as a team played well together and most importantly played for each other. An impressive and enjoyable team performance.