Duns Under 16's fall in Semi Final
Battling performance at Goldenacre
There is a saying in rugby circles that a good big 'un will generally always beat a good little 'un, and that was certainly the case at Goldenacre in Edinburgh on sunday as Heriot's and Duns contested the Semi Final of the Edinburgh and Borders Under 16 Cup.
The Heriot's pack were massive in comparison to their opponents from Duns, but the visitors got stuck into their hosts with gusto and never gave up until the final whistle had sounded.
Duns were shunted off their opening scrum put-in by the colossal Heriot's pack, many of whom could clearly cope with more than two Shredded Wheat at one sitting, but the home side tired in the second half and by the end of the match it was Duns who were taking scrum ball against the head.
Duns opened the scoring when Kyle Semple picked up a loose ball wide out on the left just inside the Heriot's half, and he ran unopposed to the posts, with Lewis Craik converting.
Heriot's then exerted their authority on the match, and scored three tries before the break, the last of which was converted. Their backs' handling was suspect, but when they got the ball along the line their wingers had pace and they rounded the Duns defence.
A fourth Heriot's try shortly after the resumption seemed to make the game safe, but Duns responded with a try by Craig Martin after a spell of pressure. The conversion by Lewis Craik reduced the leeway to 14 - 22.
Heriot's put the result beyond doubt with only a few minutes remaining with a try between the posts, but the last word went to Duns who scored in the corner right on full time. Charlie Marshall almost made it to the line, but when tackled he offloaded out of the back of his hand to the supporting Scot MacEachen who crossed in the corner.
Beaten 29 - 19 but by absolutely no means disgraced, the young Duns side have improved game by game in this competition and deserve enormous credit for sticking to the task at hand.
Heriot's now advance to the final where they will play Dunbar, whilst Duns play Melrose in the play-off for third and fourth places.
Duns RFC would like to thank all the parents, and grandparents, who took the time to travel to Edinburgh on successive sundays to cheer the team on. Your support is greatly appreciated.