5 years ago
By David Hutchison
Duns minis take on the rest of the borders at Mansfield park
Duns Mini Rugby stars travelled up to a sunny Hawick last Sunday for their annual tournament at Mansfield Park, home to the Greens. Due to school holidays still on going all age groups apart from the P3`s struggled with numbers and the bare skeletons of squads took their toll as most teams struggled against their Border counterparts.
Duns continue to get good numbers for the P3’s with an impressive 10 man squad ready to give battle. In the first game they had the better of Hawick before an interception on the Hawick line resulted in a full length run of the pitch for a try to Hawick, Callum Kenneally equalled the score before Hawick managed to get over the line twice in the dying minutes.
The best match to watch was an end to end affair against Selkirk with fantastic sidestepping from Callum to score 2 quick tries and another try this week for Lewis Renton, but Selkirk managed to breech the defence 4 times to narrowly take the victory.
The final match against an unbeaten Kelso was tough and Duns were camped on their own line for most of the game eventually being forced into errors quickly pounced on by a well drilled Kelso team.
The Fab Fours played Kelso losing 7 tries to 4 with Charlie Brewis grabbing 3 tries and James Tyler 1. In their next game against Hawick, a lack of tackling saw them beaten 5 tries to nil, although this game did see their best handling skills of the day. An impromptu tackling session before their last game helped them run Melrose close before losing 7-5 with Charlie Brewis adding another try to his total and James Tyler 2 but also saw Aron Dickson and Cosmo Miller grab one apiece.
The Fearsome Fives are genuine contenders at all tournaments this season and were unlucky not to qualify for the final . A thrilling end to end game saw them defeat their hosts 4-3 with Callum O`Reilly adding 3 tries to his tally for the season,along with Robbie MacIntosh`s one . Next up were Selkirk and Duns raced to a 4-nil lead before their opponents struck back, then some great handling skills and tackling on the Selkirk line lead to 2 more tries for Duns,until an injury in the final minute of the game allowed Selkirk another try due to lack of numbers. This game saw Callum add another 3 tries along with Lewis "Strictly Come Dancing Feet " Learmonth weave his way over for 1 and two more from Finlay Hamilton.
Fatigue played a big part in the final game as they lost to Kelso 5-2 ,with Robbie and Callum each adding a try. Duns did especially well considering that all the other Border clubs had big squads and were able to replace whole teams at a time, unlike Duns who had only six and were not allowed to be injured.
The Sixes were playing some good rugby throughout their games, but due to crucial lapses of concentration saw them slip to 3 defeats with Andrew Duff claiming two tries in their defeats to Hawick 5-1 and Melrose by the same score, Kelso were given a run for their money before winning 3-1 with David Cooper bagging the try for Duns.
Last but not least the Sevens under a new management team of Ross Rhind and Michael Vernon saw no tries scored in any of their games but with some good team work starting to shine through and improved tackling from previous tournaments .Their results were Duns 0-5 Melrose, Duns 0-1 Selkirk and and Kelso 7-0 Duns .
Thanks to all the parents and helpers with each team . Pre International training is lined up next week , meeting at the club house 10.25 for a 10.30 start.Contact Rob Brewis 07801 543932, George Hamilton 07970 901593 or Will Dickson 07977 808116 for any more details.