Dunbar 2nd XV 24 Duns 2nd XV 45
Duns seconds travelled up the A1 to play their Dunbar counterparts in the league. With conditions perfect for open rugby, the Duns team did not disappoint. In the opening twenty minutes the young second team played rugby at the highest level, with power, pace, and slick passing. Every time Duns got the ball, whether from the set piece or from broken play, Dunbar could not contain the rampant Dingers. In this opening period Duns ran in three tries with Scott Turnbull, Jamie Semple and Dane Ivison touching down. Craig Renton converted all three.
Duns also managed to butcher three other what looked like certain scores. At this stage Dunbar were dead and buried - or so we thought. However, great credit to them as for the next twenty minutes of the first half they dug deep and competed excellently having worked out that if Duns didn’t have the ball they couldn't score so their kicking game was abandoned and out came the effective old-school ten man game. The Dunbar forwards simply kept hitting it up with rucks and mauls which slowed the game down and frustrated the Duns team. Although the game had changed Duns coped with the physical side well. Dunbar scored a well taken try before Lewis Hughes crossed the whitewash too far out for Renton to convert. Half time came with Duns up by 26-5
The second half started with Dunbar picking up where they left off, with a very much forward orientated game. Dunbar in the first fifteen minutes were in the ascendency and scored a further two tries to take them within touching distance of Duns. The Duns response was swift with the Dingers taking more control up front as the big Dunbar forwards began to tire. Scott Turnbull and Lewis Hughes both got on the scoreboard to record a brace apiece. Dunbar scored again before Jamie Semple concluded matters with the last try of the game. Craig Renton converted two of the three second half tries.
Overall Duns started and finished well with some breathtaking rugby but during the middle part of the game had to tough it out against a determined home team. Scott Turnbull was named “man of the match” after some strong bullocking runs from the big second row. The seconds now have a week off before a “friendly” against local rivals Berwick on 24th November.