11 try thriller at the Hardens
Duns entertained Jed Thistle at the Hardens in the Semi Final of the Border Under 18 Plate on saturday, and were denied a place in the final by a try in the closing minutes of a thrilling match which ebbed and flowed from the outset.
Jed played down the Hardens slope in the first half, and were first to score after 10 minutes with a converted try. Duns replied almost immediately when the impressive Iain Sim scored to narrow the gap to 7 - 5.
The visitors scored again midway through the half, but this time the conversion was missed. Once again, Duns struck back straight away with an excellent solo try by Iain Sim, converted by Dom Ginn.
The score remained at 12 - 12 until 5 minutes from the break, when Jed scored two quickfire tries, both of which were converted, and they lead by 26 - 12 at half time.
Duns opened the scoring from the re-start with a penalty by Dom Ginn, but from the re-start Jed went the full length of the pitch to score try number 5. The conversion went over, they lead by 33 - 15, and it seemed all over for Duns.
However, the Colts put in a barnstorming 20 minute period of attacking rugby, when everything they tried seemed to come off, and they scored three converted tries to turn the game on its head and took the lead by 36 - 33. Skipper Steve Crawford got the scoring spree under way, followed moments later by Iain Sim who bagged his hat-trick. Finally Rob White adroitly scooped up a loose pass from his bootlaces and took off down the right wing, coming in behind the posts to make the conversion easier. All three Duns scores were converted by Dom Ginn.
However, Jed were not to be denied, and they scored their sixth try of the afternoon with only moments remaining in the match to seal a dramatic win by 38 - 36.
An excellent match, played in good spirit on a warm spring afternoon with plenty of skill on show - how different to the rubbish from Rome a couple of hours earlier.