LENZIE were unsuccessful in their bid to reach Murrayfield, losing to a very competent Duns team in the semi-final of the Scottish Regional Bowl. Duns fielded a strong pack of forwards, a creative midfield and, with genuine pace in the back three, there were no weaknesses in their team.
In the first 15 minutes, Duns scored two tries – both by Selkirk – and with one converted raced into a 12-point lead.
Lenzie worked hard to get back into the game and, with their line-out functioning well, enjoyed a good spell with Queenan and McNeish leading from the front.
Games often turn on small decisions and there were two which didn’t go Lenzie’s way – the first when Scouller’s penalty drifted wide of the posts and when the Duns full back marked the ball in the dead ball area Duns were allowed to take the relieving kick rather than Lenzie being given a five-metre scrum. The second occurred with the last move of the half when Duns centre Lindsay chipped behind the
Lenzie defence and, despite Cameron always looking clear favourite to touch down, the referee deemed the Duns follow up had been blocked illegally and a penalty try was awarded. It was a harsh decision and gave Duns a 19-0 lead.
Lenzie started the second half well, but having secured good field position, couldn’t control a line-out in the wind. Duns moved the ball to Hutchison who outstripped the Lenzie cover and ran in from 60m. Selkirk completed his hat-trick five minutes later.All credit to Lenzie, they started to use the elements to their advantage and attack Duns in the wide channels, and were rewarded with a Jones try following good work by A. Wood and McManus. With 10 minutes left the Lenzie full back scored his second try after good pressure on the Duns back line.
Fraser converted the try. Lenzie played well for large parts of the game, but lost out to the better team on the day.
This Saturday Lenzie play Millbrae at home in the league – kick-off 3pm.