Weakened Quins falter in face of dogged Dunbar

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HAWICK Harlequins had their winning run brought to a halt by league leaders Dunbar at Wilton Lodge Park on Saturday.

After a first 40 to forget, the Quins, who were without five first team players, rallied well after the break but found the going tough against a stubborn Dunbar rearguard.

The first half saw the Quins forced onto the back foot as the visitors enjoyed most of the early pressure.

As a result, Dunbar scored three well-taken tries that were all converted to give them a healthy lead.

Eventually the Quins settled into their game and by the interval they were enjoying plenty of possession and territory, but were unable to penetrate the Dunbar line.

In the second half the Quins got more of the ball but they still couldn’t break down a dogged Dunbar defence.

In what was a rare visit into the Quins half, the East Lothian outfit were awarded a penalty which was converted.

The Quins came rallying back and were camped on the Dunbar line, only to see their frustration continue as the visitors held out.

Finally, as the end of the game drew to a close, Dale Johnstone breached the Dunbar line after he barged over from a quickly-taken penalty. Scott Peffers added the conversion.

n SATURDAY’s final home match of the season against Earlston will be followed by a reunion for the Murrayfield game ten years ago.