The Duns Mini Bears began the second half of the season with a friendly run out against the Berwick Bulldogs at Scremerston on Sunday. Having honed their handling skills in the High School gym over the winter months it was time to put this to the test in the real world and judging by the try count it was a test passed. Lack of tackling practice, with the exception of the Baby Bears, however meant there was a pretty good count the other way too!
The Baby Bear P3s got off to a great start holding on to the ball well before quick passing lead to an opening for Harris Mitchell to run through to score the first try. He immediately followed up soon after with a second in the same corner. That gave Duns a great start that would see them lead from start to finish. The training over the winter has been concentrating on passing and sidesteps which were on display well from all players, but it was in defence that Duns were the most dominant with great energy and enthusiasm from Jack Evans and debutant Oliver Inkpen. Callum Kenneally was a lively as ever with snipping runs all morning and was well rewarded with 2 tries taking his tally for the season to 9 - joint top alongside Kyle Taylor who came close to scoring on a number of occasions today. Ethan Craze led the defensive line well putting in a tremendous amount of tackles/touches but also managed to get his name on the score sheet twice with some deft footwork. The try of the day came from Lewis Gillie in his first game; he dodged and weaved before pinning back his ears and scoring a fine try in the corner. Man of the match for Duns this week was the Liam Longstaff not just for his 3 tries but also because of some of his long passing that would shift the play from one side of the pitch to the other in a flash. Although not on the score sheet this week the efforts from Albie Miller and Angus Rhind helped towards a very good day for Duns with the final winning score of 10 to 7.
Elsewhere the results were mixed. The Fab Fours struggled to handle a powerful Berwick team and despite 3 tries apiece for Rio Akpokavi and Charlie Brewis and another for Ben Simmonds they came off second best.
The Famous Fives continued their winning ways with a hard fought 10 to 6 victory with Callum O’Reilly leading with 4 tries, Finlay Hamilton, fresh from Scotland (mascot) duties with 3 and one more for Liam Brown. Berwick’s Jacob Carter switched sides for the day and added a brace.
The Super Sixes were desperately unlucky to go down 5 tries to 6 despite scores from Dean Scott, David Cooper and Matthew Marwick and a couple for Andrew Duff.
The Storming Sevens had more of a mixed up session but tries were recorded for Robbie Cooper and Kerr Bolton.
Training resumes next Sunday at the Berwickshire High School gym at 10.30 but, especially for the older teams, please bring boots in case the weather permits some outdoor work. Note also the match scheduled for Gifford on the 24th Feb has been postponed.