Musselburgh 3rd XV0 Duns 2nd XV 47 DUNS seconds were back to league action with an away trip to Musselburgh on Saturday and produced an excellent performance to run our comfortable winners.
Playing on the main pitch, and with conditions firm underfoot, expectations were high. Duns started well, dominating possession, but managed to squander several golden opportunities to score.
Twice the ball went along the backs line and twice the last pass was launched into touch with the try line awaiting. Forward passes and wrong decisions, together with players trying to hurry the play, when a little composure was all that was required.
Duns eventually opened the scoring with Bertie Grigg beating three defenders to score. This was quickly followed by Jamie Thompson using his pace down the wing to touch down in the corner.
Bertie Grigg then touched down with another pick up at 8, with Craig Renton adding the conversion. Lewis Hughes then quickly followed with a try of his own. Half time arrived with Duns in control and 22-0 up.
The second half started slowly for Duns with Musselburgh picking up the pace and containing the Duns pack, resulting in scrappy ball supply for the backs.
The Dingers eventually got back on top and produced some rugby of real quality to kill off the game. Further tries were added by Mattie Taylor, Craig Renton, Tom Swan, Scott Turnbull and finally Ian Watson.
The try from “Wink” Watson - having his first outing for 14 years - was a real gem. A sprinkling of “fairy dust” and the Peter Pan of Duns Rugby was back. He collected the ball deep in his own half, broke loose and began the journey to the try line encouraged by the vocal travelling support to touch down.
Ultimately another quality performance from the Seconds despite a number a regulars not being available. Nine tries scored but only one conversion so not a bad day overall.
The Seconds are now clear by 21 points at the top of the league having accumulated a bonus point in every game and looking a certainty for promotion. They have now scored more than 100 tries so far this season, with exactly 30 different try scorers.