Despite their being three weekends of competitive rugby left in RBS East Regional Division 1, the league was won this weekend.
Having won all 15 games so far, with a bonus point bar one, Preston Lodge have stormed to victory with 74 points ahead of Saturday’s opponents Duns who sit 16 points behind with 58.
The two teams met at Hardens Field, Duns’ home ground, with the big crowd treated to a thrilling game of rugby which finished 18-16 in the visitors’ favour.
Preston Lodge head coach, Mark Steedman, said: “The match was a nail-biting experience and we had an excellent turnout with a bus of 120 supporters travelling down with us.
“Things have been really really positive this season and we have managed to get 14 bonus points. But personally Duns were a fantastic test for us and winning in the fashion we did on Saturday was a bigger bonus.
“The guys have worked so hard all year; we had four 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old in the starting line-up at the weekend.
“It’s great to have won the league but we want to go undefeated for the entire season. Our attention now turns to Musselburgh in the Shield competition (Saturday 25 February). They are two leagues above us and we will travel there so we have a huge task in our hands.”
Duns took the lead in the first 15 minutes slotting two penalties and gaining a six nil lead. Preston Lodge then responded with winger, Jonathan Brash diving over in the corner. 5-6
They then took the lead with two scores on either side of the break from flanker, Darren Eales and full-back Greg Kinross respectively. All three tries were unconverted. 15-6
With ten minutes to go Duns fought back with a converted try and penalty taking the lead as the clock counted down. 15-16
However, with seconds left on the clock Preston Lodge stormed towards the Duns line and were awarded a penalty. Kinross stepped up and goaled to take the win. 18-16
Scottish Rugby’s head of community rugby, Colin Thomson, said: “Congratulations to Preston Lodge winning RBS East Regional Division 1.
“It’s great to see their recent efforts on and off the pitch rewarded through the success of their first XV.”