Seconds lose at Haddington
First defeat of the season in high scoring match
Haddington 2nds/3rds 39 Duns 2nds 27
Duns travelled to Haddington to play a mixed team on Saturday as the home side's Second XV match had been cancelled.
Duns started the game with purpose and pace, and played some stunning open rugby. The first try came in the opening ten minutes when Joe Baker scampered over in the corner too far out for Craig Renton to convert. In this opening spell Duns, with a little good fortune, could have had at least another two or three scores but bad luck or some last ditch defence kept them out.
The game then calmed down, which allowed the punch-drunk Haddington team to regroup. They then responded with two tries before Duns hit back with a further try through Craig Renton. Haddington then added a further try before the break to give them the lead.
Stern words at half time and Duns restarted in positive fashion with a try from Robert Grigg and another from Stevie Crawford. Duns then launched themselves at Haddington but found the home side difficult to break down but then took the lead with a well taken penalty by Renton. 27-25 up and five minutes left on the clock.
Duns should have closed the game out, but failed to keep Haddington at bay as they touched down twice at the death. Duns took injures during the game and used the full bench which disrupted the backline and the cutting edge.
Overall a good performance from the young seconds but some mistakes and poor decision making in the second half took its toll but the Dingers were up against a very good and experienced team with many ex Haddington first team members on the field. With a little luck and better execution this was a game that could have and should have been won.