Blacks contribute to an entertaining game
Dunbar 52-29 Berwick
With 14 first team players unavailable due to injury, work and personal commitments, the Blacks fielded an unfamiliar team for the trip to Dunbar.
Five players from last year’s Colts team were blended with some seasoned veterans to give a much changed line up from last week.
The players were still introducing themselves to each other when the game kicked off and the opening play sent ominous signs through the travelling support as the much physically bigger Dunbar back line ran the ball wide before trampling over a couple of Berwick defenders to score the first try. With the conversion added Berwick were a try behind with the game just minutes old.
Dunbar continued to threaten but as Berwick began to settle they started to snuff out the attacks quickly and decided that attack was the best from of defence. With the forwards holding their own in the scrum the backs started to build their own attacks with some good running from Lee Douglas and Jamie Pick in the centres early on.
Eventually Berwick levelled the scores after a strong scrummage forced a free kick to be conceded by Dunbar. Adam Hardie took it quickly and with quick hands the ball reached Lee Douglas who turned and twisted the Dunbar defence before squeezing the ball over the line. Jamie Pick was on kicking duties this week and he knocked over the conversion to make it all square after 17 minutes.
Straight from the restart Berwick were caught napping from a line out. The ball was thrown in squint but advantage was played with Dunbar moving the ball along and with strong runners the space was created for the score. The conversion was missed but Dunbar had regained the lead – 12-7. Jamie Pick was able to narrow the gap with a well taken penalty soon after – 12-10 to Dunbar.
Berwick were gaining in confidence and with some quick ball from Hardie and some sublime breaks from Nathan Trotter the Berwick back line were able to play to their strengths with pace in all areas. However, Berwick strayed offside and Dunbar slotted a penalty to make it 15-10.
One of Trotter’s breaks gained some reward when from close range he found the gap and burst over to touch down under the post. Pick continued his confident kicking display by adding the extras to allow Berwick to take the lead for the first time at 15-17.
However, Berwick were again asleep at the restart which allowed Dunbar to again force themselves over the try line straight form kick off to make it 22-17. Gary Flint then gave away a penalty which allowed them to extend their lead further to 25-17.
Further defensive errors allowed Dunbar to claim another converted try before half time to make it 32-17 to Dunbar, leaving Berwick with a mountain to climb.
As the second half got underway the mountain climb got steeper as we got turned over to present them with an opportunity out wide which they duly took to make it 37-17.
Some stupidity from the Dunbar prop who committed two blatant acts of killing the ball in quick succession in front of the referee meant he got a rest on the touchline with a yellow card.
Berwick took full advantage of the extra man to get themselves back into the game. Gary Flint showed some unexpected slow motion footwork to side step his way over the line to touch down. Pick added the extras – Dunbar 37 Berwick 24. Berwick had their dander up and from an unstoppable rolling maul that man Flint was in to bag a brace of tries to make it 37 -24. The home side were rattled as Berwick had the momentum with 15 minutes still to go. Dunbar eased their nerves when they slotted a superb kick from near the half way line to give them some breathing space at 40-29. Berwick continued to attack the home side as they looked to win the game and this attacking mentality was punished with the home side getting a well worked try and then an interception try in the last 10 minutes to give the final score of 52-29.
Berwick welcome Penicuik this coming Saturday with a 3pm kick off. If that game is as good as this one then the supporters are in for a real treat.