Dunbar travelled to Penicuik to complete their 2011-2012 league campaign determined to finish on a high. Penicuik is never an easy place to travel to at any time and the home team would be hoping to spoil the party. With the kick off delayed and both teams wishing to support Edinburgh, it was decided to play two 30 minute halves. Dunbar were missing skipper Jamie Peters
who sustained an injury the previous week in the bowl semi match against Hawick Harlequins and Chris Bryce
who had sustained whip lash earlier in the week when his works van was involved in an accident. Peters position went to full back Keiran Donnellan and his place was filled with winger Gary Peters
with the veteran Steve Bisset
coming in on the wing. Dougal Wishart
replaced Bryce on the bench.
The early stages saw Dunbar with plenty possession but not the accuracy to break through the Penicuik defence. The visitors gradually kept on the pressure before the first score came from centre Gary Peebles
who beat several players to score. Donnellan added the extra points from a well taken conversion with 10 minutes played.
From the kick off the ball was kicked directly into touch allowing Dunbar to get back on the front foot. The Dunbar scrum was under all sorts of problems against a much heavier outfit and clean ball was hard to come by. Dunbar should have quickly added a couple of tries but both went a begging. Firstly Richie Gallagher knocked on in contact when he had a massive overlap outside. Then minutes later Crichton had a similar overlap but again decided to go into contact and had the ball stripped.
Dunbar however kept up the pressure and the second try soon came when Gary Peters
weaved his way through the home defence on 23 minutes. Donnellan again was successful with the conversion to extend the lead to 14-0. With the 30 minutes almost up Dunbar winger James Kelly
rounded the defence to score with Donnellan again converting.
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Dunbar needed to up their game as the scrums were poor and they struggled in the damp conditions at the lineout. Dunbar replaced the injured Clutton at scrum half with Blair Mills
from the under 18 team playing in his first league game. The young scrum half would require more help at scrum time than Clutton had in the first half. Penicuik started the second half full of passion as they tried desperately to get back into the match. They were further helped by some poor Dunbar play which saw two interceptions under pressure. The defence held out and Dunbar started to come more into the game.
Dunbar were finding it very difficult to get any clear advantage as Penicuik hit them hard at the scrum and breakdown. Steve Bisset
had several good runs which caused a lot of problems in the home defence and this would eventually lead to the winger scoring after 50 minutes. The winger gathered a good clearance in his own half and quickly ghosted past several defenders to score.
With the Dunbar scrum half under a lot of pressure the onus was on number 8 Courtney to pick up at the back of the scrum. The number 8 drove into the home 22 before setting up good ball. Scrum half Mills with a clear overlap decided to dummy the defence as he ghosted in for his first senior score.
Dunbar saw out the remaining six minutes to end up with a respectable 31-0 win.
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The team will have a couple of weeks hard training to iron out the issues of the last two weeks especially in the scrum and at the line out before their national bowl final on the 31st of April.
The Dunbar physio is hoping to have winger John Peebles
fit after several weeks on the injury list as well as skipper Jamie Peters
whose hip injury ruled him out of todays match.