Linden excellent at damage limitation

Hawick Linden9

Dalkeith38

On a gloriously sunny day, the Volunteer Park crowd were anticipating an afternoon of entertainment.

Alas, for the Linden faithful, the majority of the rugby, certainly in the first period, was played by the visitors from Dalkeith.

The lighter home pack struggled to cope, while Dalkeith also showed great enterprise in the backs.

Early tries from Graeme Duke, Steven Hamilton and Ryan Reid were each followed by a penalty goal from Linden’s Kirk Ford. Dalkeith secured the try bonus when Chris Naylor stepped inside and a huge gap opened up to allow him to race over.

Three conversions and a penalty from Paul Clugston and one conversion from Hamilton saw Dalkeith 31-9 ahead at half-time.

Linden were staring at a heavy defeat, but showed great character in the second half which was scoreless until Naylor ran in his second, Hamilton converting, with the final play of the game.