Angus Hunter reports from Berwickshire High School
Duns Colts 14, Jed Thistle 41.
From the score you would have thought that it was a very one sided game, but that wasn't the case. As they have done all season, the Colts fought hard with their last breath to the dying whistle but failed to reap any real awards. They did put pressure on themselves unnecessarily and were up against a strong team with a solid defence.
Duns started well and had a converted try within 3 minutes of the kick off. Following up on their kick off they scrummaged well, Rafael Goncalves got the ball out, it went to the backs down the line and Angus Webster ran in the try.
However they sustained a lot of pressure and although they manfully defended their line Jed went over for a converted try in the left hand corner in the 6th minute. This really then set the seal for the rest of the first half with Duns making the odd skirmish into Jed's half but mainly defending their own line.
Changes started at the 9th minute as the coaches were determined that all the squad would get a game as it was likely to be their last match of the season. Throughout the game there were regular changes and the whole squad got a game.
Jed pushed the score to 7 - 28 by half time with tries in the 12th, 17th 24th and 28th minutes. None of the tries were walkovers and Duns battled against a lot of pressure.
The second half started in much the same manner, but Duns were now spending a lot more time in the Jed half and were retaining much more possession. 8 minutes into the second half Duns gave away a penalty and the score moved to 7 - 31.
23 minutes into the second half Jed scored again but Duns were rewarded 3 minutes later with a try of their own which was converted. The try came from Dylan Renton.
Unfortunately Jed weren't finished and with 5 minutes to go they scored again taking the final tally to 14 - 41. In the dying seconds Jed missed a penalty and that was how the game ended.
A disappointing end to the season for the Colts, as for many it will be their last season with the Colts. One hopes that those no longer eligible remain with the club and move up into the Senior ranks as their passion and commitment will be how the club moves forward.
It would be unfair to single out too many players as they all played with guts and heart.
If this is the last game this season for the Colts then on behalf of the Committee I would like to thank all the players for their hard work and dedication throughout the season and I am sure they will bounce back next season. A special thanks has to go to all the Coaches who have given of their time and skills to make sure that we have a good sound base for the future of the Club. Thank you, your contribution is invaluable and very much appreciated.