Quins humbled as top side Dalkeith confirm their superiority



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QUINS were unceremoniously dumped by table-toppers Dalkeith as they suffered just their second defeat of the season.

A rare positive from the Midlothian match came in the form of debutant Will Sanderson, who posted an impressive display after coming on at wing forward.

But, not even he could make a dent in Dalkeith as the league leaders stormed to victory.

The Quins line-up featured a number of players carrying injuries, and there was no sympathy from a rampant Dalkeith, who pressurised the visitors from the off.

The hosts, attacking with the wind at their backs, racked up a fourteen-point lead with a brace of converted tries.

Scott Peffers kicked a penalty to reduce the arrears, but, just before half-time, Dalkeith struck again with a try in the corner – that remained unconverted – to make the score 19-3 at the break.

Quins upped their game after the restart, but they could not convert their improved display into points scored.

Instead it was Dalkeith who continued to put points on the board, securing their bonus-point try before striking again with a converted touchdown to win 31-3.

Quins boss Timmy Pretswell reflected on a tough match with recognition that Dalkeith were merely bigger and stronger.

He said: “They were a big physical side and we struggled to get any quality possession. From the first kick-off they put us under pressure and they controlled the game with their forwards driving.

“It was a frustrating afternoon and we picked up another couple of injuries, to our two centres, Neil Douglas and Ross Anderson. We didn’t get good enough quality up front to give our backs a chance.”

The result leaves Quins still on the trail of the top three of Dalkeith, Earlston and fellow Teries Linden, with Prestswell’s men in fourth.

The Quins boss said he felt Dalkeith were flattered by the result but that the Baker Street men can bounce back from
defeat against Lismore this weekend.

“Dalkeith were one of the better teams we have faced,” he said. “They were worth the win, but not by that margin. After nineteen minutes, the score was 19-3, and they didn’t score again until the 70th minute. Lismore, who we play tomorrow, are a funny side. The Linden struggled against them for a long time, and they’re stuffy. But, hopefully we’ll be able to get back to winning ways tomorrow.”