Late Quins flourish gives Shield clash added edge

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The RBS Border Shield clash between Linden and Quins at Volunteer Park certainly wasn’t a classic, but it ultimately turned into a nail-biter.

The home side took a 16th minute lead when Kirk Ford slotted a penalty, but, although the Linden held the ascendancy, and the Quins were on the wrong end of the penalty count, it took until the 33rd minute for the Royal Blues to add to their tally when Ford put over a second.

Just before the break the Quins were penalised again at the breakdown and a lovely strike from distance by Ford put his team 9-0 ahead at the interval.

Ford put over his fourth penalty goal midway through the second half to stretch the lead to 12-0 and it looked as though Linden were home and dry.

With only four minutes remaining, however, Riki Kiore spun out of a tackle to touch down and Sean Peffers’ conversion suddenly gave the Quins hope of snatching something from the game. The visitors threw everything at the home line, but to no avail.

z St Boswells extended their unbeaten record on Saturday with a 30-6 win at Liberton in the East Regional Bowl final and now go through to the semi-final stage of the national competition.