Michael Reed reports from England
Berwick 2nd XV 17 Duns 2nd XV 7
The Duns seconds unbeaten run came to an end at Scremerston when the home side came out on top. Duns new that a tough game would be on the cards, as Berwick had no first team fixture and a number of regulars filled the home side ranks. This, coupled with the seconds having a weakened team due to call ups to the Duns senior team and unavailability, proved a tipping point.
Duns started poorly and for the opening 15 minutes never got out of first gear struggling with most aspects of the game. Berwick showed a lot of determination and were certainly a much better team than the one Duns faced earlier in the season. Berwick, with all the early pressure, opened the scoring with a well taken try after some strong running from the centre pairing to release the full back.
Duns then come back and had three or four chances to score, being held up twice over the line, before Stevie Crawford sliced through the Berwick midfield to touch down. Craig Renton added the conversion. This spurred on Duns who finished the half strongly but were unable to add to their score.
The second half started well for Duns with long periods in the Berwick half but despite their dominance they could not break down a very good defensive line. Midway through the half Duns were forced to make several changes which disrupted the set piece and gave the home side the opportunity to take control. For the last quarter Duns put up a valiant rear-guard action but could not keep Berwick out. With ten minutes left on the clock the deadlock was broken with Berwick scoring an unconverted try with another following right at the death.
Overall a tough game for the Seconds and a disappointing loss - only the second of the season - but we move on to this week and Dalkeith in the league at the Hardens. Despite the unavailability of a good few, Duns still managed to take 20 players down to Berwick with everyone as usual taking part.