Quins kicked off their BT East Regional League Divison 1 campaign with a stern test away to the Dingers – and the home outfit’s five-try haul was more than enough to see them home.
The Baker Street men had endured a difficult pre-season, with their first trial game abandoned when Neil Anderson broke his leg and the referee called a halt to proceedings, and the cancellation of their second trial game.
Far from ideal preparation for the opening day trip to Berwickshire, and Quins knew they were going to be in for a hard game.
This was certainly the way things played out, with both teams battling to make the breakthrough before the hosts capitalised on a Hawick mistake to run in a try under the posts which they converted.
The homesters followed this up with a penalty and, right on half-time, another converted touchdown for a 17-0 lead at the break.
From the restart, Duns notched their third try, again from another Quins breakdown, and with the conversion going over they were well in front.
Adam Hall reduced the leeway with a penalty, after which the best move of the game saw Ross Lothian, who was playing his first game for Quins, scoring a nice try which was converted by Hall.
However, Duns soon got back in the scoring act with another two touchdowns, one of which they converted, to give them a comfortable win.
Also pulling on the Quins jersey for the first time were Jordan Hyslop, Gareth Renwick and Euan Robson.
Quins head coach Gary Robson said: “The boys stuck in well and I was pleased with our scrummaging with all the forwards putting in a good shift, especially Jordan Hyslop.
“In the backs, Gareth Renwick and Ross Lothian played well.
“But all the boys can take a lot out of the game as it was their first match due to the cancellation of our pre-season fixtures.”