RBS EAST LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Hawick Linden 19
HAWICK Linden combined a potent mix of youth and experience to see off Duns on Saturday.
The visitors made the break through after just six minutes when Barry Keown burst forward and Ryan Hamilton continued the move. And when the ball was recycled, Colin Murray flew over.
The match continued at a frantic pace with the Linden giving Duns plenty problems in attack and putting in some earth shuddering tackles in defence.
After 22 minutes they increased their advantage with a brilliant try from Stuart Williams and Shaun Fairbairn added the conversion.
Duns began to creep more and more into the match and only a great last ditch double hit by Conor Tofts and Greg Thomson stopped the Duns winger short of the try line in thirty five minutes.
Eventually their pressure paid off when the Linden were penalised and Duns kicked the penalty.
The second half started with Duns again coming more into the match through their forwards and adopting clever tactics of rotating their squad.
The Linden reacted by replacing the injured James Hogg with Andrew Baillie who was making his Linden debut and bringing on Chris Turnbull for Tofts.
After 50 minutes disaster struck the Linden after they won good ball from a scrum deep in their own half, Murray was unable hold the pass from Hamilton and before he could react the Duns wing forward pounced to score a try which was converted.
But the Linden rallied well and Fairbairn helped steady the ship with a quick penalty and side-step through the Duns defence to touch down. Murray added the conversion.
Duns again came back at the Linden but were hampered somewhat when they had a man yellow carded for a late tackle on Thomson. Linden went all out for the fourth try but stout defending kept them at bay.