This match had to be played with uncontested scrums as the home team only had 2 recognised front row players.
Dunbar hoped to continue where they left off the previous week with Lasswade the visitors to Hallhill. Dunbar started off well and took the match to their Edinburgh opponents with some good forward runs. It was only a matter of time for the first score to come as the home backs were looking very dangerous. A forward drive was fed out wide where the forwards drove on. When the ball came back along the line Antoine Penrose broke several tackles to score out wide. Dunbar immediately came back up field and another forward drive saw the ball go out wide again and it was that man Penrose who went over for the score. Ross Charlton
added the conversion to take the home team 12 points ahead on 13 minutes. Lasswade were now beginning to come more into the game and had several chances but the home defence was too good and held their line. From the next Lasswade attack the ball was stolen by prop Chris Baikey. Stand-off Charlton put up a nice kick which had an awful bounce which the defender struggled to grasp and in the forthcoming tackle spilled the ball. Ally Brown
was on hand to take the opportunity with ease to stroll over.
Dunbar continued on the front foot but were guilty of holding on at the Lasswade 22 metre line. From the penalty the visiting player strolled up the pitch to score with the Dunbar team posted missing. Dunbar came straight back up the field and scrum half Mills strolled over unchallenged to finish the first half scoring.
DUNBAR 22 LASSWADE 7
The start of the second half was rather sluggish to say the least and it would be 10 minutes before points were added. The Dunbar forwards lay siege to the visitors line and were subject to several high tackles which the referee allowed advantage. From one such move the ball went on the blind side and Andrew McKendry stretched over to score in the corner. Lasswade exerting their own pressure saw the winger score in the corner after several attempts. The kick was well executed from the touchline to reduce the score to 13 points.
As they did in the first half after Lasswade scored the home team rallied straight up the park and scored. Ally Brown
finishing off a fine move to score in the corner for his second try of the day. The play was now mostly with Dunbar and some good runs by Karl Main
and Chris Baikie
were causing problems for Lasswade.
On one of the rare Lasswade attacks the home forwards robbed the ball and the backs broke at pace and scrum half Mills finished off the move to score. With three players now looking for their hat trick of tries it was winger Ally Brown
who achieved that mile stone. Brown from out wide strolled through defence to run in at corner and go under the posts to touch down. Ross Charlton
added the extra points to end the scoring.
DUNBAR 44 LASSWADE 14
This was a better performance although much could be improved on before the next match. Ally Brown
with his balanced running and three tries was best of the bunch with Penrose and Mills not far behind.
Dunbar entertain local rivals Haddington on Saturday at Hallhill.