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Edinburgh Northern
Sat 11 Feb 13:00 - Friendly Full time Attendance 200

Dunbar 50 Edinburgh Northern 10

Dunbar storm home to win bowl final at hallhill

This match had been cancelled for previous two weeks due to weather in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Northern pitches had been booked by SRU so match was switched to Hallhill which was in excellent condition. Dunbar would start as firm favourites as they sit top of Edinburgh Division 2 against Northern who topped division three.
From the start Northern kicked off and the ball was gathered by Dunbar Captain Jamie Peters who took the ball into contact. Dunbar were over eager and the forwards were deemed guilty of going over the top. The visitors elected to go for goal but the ball went wide of the uprights after only 1 minute played. The visitors would soon take the lead from another penalty for the home side coming in from the side. The stand-off had no problem slotting home from close in.
The visitors were dominating play and causing Dunbar a lot of problems in all aspects of play.
Dunbar then found some form pushing visitors into their own 22 where the ball was shipped to their stand-off who found himself under pressure. The ball was charged down and home flanker Calum Champion collected the ball and cantered in to give Dunbar a undeserved lead. Captain Jamie Peters added the conversion to give his side a 7-3 lead after 7 minutes played. Champion was again at the fore driving Northern back before releasing winger Kelly who was bundled into touch. Dunbar continued to press forward when to the amazement of the home support, the referee yellow carded the home number 8 Keith Courtney. And to add to the confusion then awarded the penalty to Dunbar. The kick was put into the corner and from the line out good ball was secured before Andrew Wightman barged over with Peters again adding the extra points.
The visitors again got forward by using their more physical forwards supported by a fast back division. They forced scrum after scrum before putting the ball out wide. It looked like a Northern player had blocked a Dunbar player but play continued and Northern winger scored in the corner. The conversion was added but the lead was reduced to 14 – 10 after 19 minutes. Dunbar were still struggling to contend with the power of the visitors but managed to keep their line intact. With the half coming to an end Dunbar were awarded a penalty which was quickly taken before popped to Keiran Donnellan who went over in the corner to put an end to the first half scoring.
Dunbar made significant changes at half time to put more bulk up front and brought on Clutton at scrum half. With 9 minutes played of the second half Dunbar were penalised and then marched back 10 metres before the referee yellow carded Dunbar skipper Peters. Northern missed the kick which if successful would have brought them back to within a converted try.
Edinburgh Northern seemed to be getting all the decisions from the referee which was causing unrest in the home team. With 57 minutes played Dunbar were awarded a rare penalty which was duly converted by full back Keiran Donnellan. Dunbar were now enjoying good pressure which resulted in Hainey bursting through two tackles to score. Captain Peters resumed the kicking duties and put over the conversion on 63 minutes. From the kick off Dunbar came straight back into attack and after great pressure Champion scored his second try of the match again converted by Peters. This was the try of the match as the ball went wide left Peters put in the cross kick for Donnellan to catch and pop to the on rushing Champion to score. Northern by this time were a well beaten side considering not that long before they were in a tight match but the home team were now dominating.
With 5 minutes remaining Dunbar scored again when number 8 Courtney finished off a great move again the conversion was good. With time almost up the home forwards set up good ball to release their backs and this time John Peebles greatly accepted the pass from his brother Gary to go over in the corner. Peters completed the scoring with a nice conversion from out wide.
Credit must go to Northern for a great first half performance which put Dunbar under great pressure. Man of the match must go to Dunbar centre Robert Courtney whose defence was magnificent and his driving play kept home team going forward.


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