Dunbar v Ross High
Dunbar win on the road with a bonus point
Dunbar travelled the short distance up the A1 t Tranent to meet Ross High at the School playing fields. Dunbar had John Peebles, Sandy Thomson and Andy Taylor missing from the back division and were replaced by youngsters Dillon Beveridge
, Aaron Mclellan
and Thomas Salkeld
. Also missing was prop Richie Gallacher who was replaced by Conlin McArthur
Dunbar received the kick playing down the park and scored within a minute when Bryce broke clear before being stopped on the twenty two. The forwards set up good ball out wide and Mills fed Peters who quickly popped it back to the Dunbar skipper to score. Charlton added the extra points. The restart did not go ten and Dunbar again had good attacking position. The forwards drove on and it was that man again Mills who broke through to score after just 4 minutes and again the try was converted by Charlton. Dunbar then started to make mistakes as they pressed forward with passing not to the normal standard. Ross High had a penalty awarded but the kick by Tinlin went wide of the upright. Ross High had a good chance that was squandered when a scoring pass went astray. The hosts then lost their number 8 to injury after 17 minutes. Dunbar were then awarded a penalty but Charlton saw his kick go wide. On the half hour Ally Brown
replaced Matty Pickles
. Within a minute Brown had made a big impact as he drove over for a score with a couple of blue jerseys hanging on. Charlton converted to give Dunbar a 21 point lead. Kyle Donnellan
replaced Connor Forlow for Dunbar after 35 minutes. Play was getting scrappy running up to the half time whistle. Forlow returned at half time with Moffat having a break. Moffat had to return when prop Ben Cairns
retired injured after 47 minutes. Dunbar went on the offensive and Peters was influential again as he set up Mills to go through for his hat trick of tries and that gave the visitors the try bonus after 48 minutes. Dunbar seemed to go to sleep and sat back on their lead and this gave Ross High an opportunity which they took ten minutes later when some strong running was rewarded with a try on 58 minutes. Tinlin converted for the Tranent side. From the kick-off Dunbar got into such a mix up that allowed the home side to score again. This was followed again with another try two minutes later after some poor Dunbar defence. Dunbar were now up against it and Ross High were riding on the crest of a wave. Dunbar to their credit have already bounced back in their previous two matches and went on the attack. The forwards pummelled the home try line and this allowed Mills to pick out Greig Patrizio
to go over for a good score on 67 minutes.
With 8 minutes remaining Dunbar allowed Ross back into match when a poor pass was intercepted which left the visitor’s on the back foot and the try was scored near the uprights. Salkeld replaced Dillon Beveridge
just before the full time whistle called time on the game. Dunbar along with Hawick Harlequins sit at the top of the table on maximum points. Dunbar host Forresters at Hallhill on Saturday and should be at full strength. Dunbar are scoring a lot of tries but have been conceding too many tries which will need to be worked on at training.