Dunbar 74

Walkerburn 10

Colin McCudden at Hallhill

WALKERBURN came up against a Dunbar team fortified by many of their first team squad on Saturday and the resultant score line was what you would expect in the circumstances.

On a bitterly cold day by the seaside the Burn spent much of the game trying to hold back the green and white tide but, like Canute, found this impossible to achieve.

Dunbar scored an early try after the Burn were unable to deal with a long kick through into the 22.

Another try followed within five minutes as Dunbar set the tone for the game.

Walkerburn gained a foothold in the game with a penalty from the dependable Adam Williams, before further encouragement came in the form of a try.

Throughout this season Burn have shown they can score a try giving the slightest opportunity and this was the case again.

A Dunbar attack went awry and the loose ball was snapped up in midfield, Elliot ended up feeding number 8 Jack McDonald who finished well. Williams added the afters and at this stage amazingly the Burn were level at 10-10.

Dunbar recovered from this to restore their lead in the run up to the second half going in at half-time Dunbar 31-10 in front.

The second half was effectively a battle of attrition with Walkerburn under constant pressure from a fast and physical Dunbar team.

The backs showed flashes of danger when Stansfield and Scott got some rare glimpses of the ball in the centres, but all the backs were mostly on tackling duty as attack after attack came.

The forwards toiled manfully all day.

Colin Stewart, the rugby newcomer, put in a veteran’s display while Connor Weatherly, John Little Jr, Davie McNeillie and McDonald followed captain Lee Robertson’s lead in putting up some stiff but ultimately doomed resistance.

This Saturday Walkerburn return to Caberston Haugh to take on Duns IIs.

All spectators and helpers are welcome.