1st XV - Report
North Berwick 32 Duns 5 – Recreation Park 15th December 2012.
After the hard frost during the week followed by heavy rain from Friday, the pitch was in remarkably good condition for the East League 1 match against Duns, credit must be given to the ground care team at ELC.
Duns won the toss and chose to play away from the clubhouse and were certainly keen to play rugby winning and recycling ball for their backs. However the home defence was giving nothing away and on their first foray to the Duns half they moved the ball towards the try line. From the last ruck, Caulfield picked up and drove over for the opening score for West to add the conversion; seven minutes were on the clock.
Five minutes later the balls was moved right and with the Duns defence pressing up, West slipped a grubber kick through and Graeme Fairgrieve was delighted to dive on it to score.
Duns were still working hard and had plenty of possession but to no benefit and the home side seemed to have control of the good possession.
Unfortunately there were injuries to both Ben Inglis and Connor Johnson inside the first twenty minutes. Both had knee injuries and were replaced by Lee Inglis and Grant Craig.
On the half hour mark there was another home score. Callum Mark had been causing havoc in the Duns centres but this time, Grant Craig called a miss move and with Mark on the dummy run, the ball went to Elder who timed his run to perfection and from 30 metres for a smashing try.
Half time: North Berwick 17 Duns 0
Scoring first after the break was always going to be important and the home side worked their way into the Duns half. Iain Dove, who was his usual aggressive self when on the ball, picked up from a scrum and made a decent break before of loading to Bhrian Buchanan for the hooker who was now in the back row to make it over the line. Craig had taken over the kicking duties from West but was also unsuccessful with the attempted conversion.
With twenty minutes to go, Charlie Elms replaced West who had moved to full back and was immediately on the score sheet, finishing off a nice backs move to score in the right corner.
Duns who had always been positive scored a consolation try through their forwards before the scoring was completed with five minutes remaining. There was some accurate passing in the backs and Elms was on hand to take the final pass from Cockburn to score again but this time in the opposite corner.
This was a really good game and Duns should take credit for contributing much to the match. North Berwick were on song in all areas and whilst they won the match up front, they were accurate in the backs when going forward and miserly in defence. Six tries were scored with one conversion and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the rugby on display.
Next up are the North Berwick Exiles on 29th January when the Puffin Gannets take on the NBHS 1st XV for the Evelyn Armstrong Memorial Trophy. Watch the web site for kick off times.