A final to be proud of as Souters romp home

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Hawick Wanderers 17

Selkirk Youth Club 45

BORDER CUP FINAL

WITH the first piece of silverware of the season on offer on Saturday a large crowd gathered at Hawick’s Mansfield Park to watch two semi-junior giants go head-to-head for the Border Cup.

Wanderers started well and controlled the game for the first 10 minutes, with the Youth Club finding it difficult to get control of the ball. Play raged from end to end with neither team finding space to break through and the game was certainly entertaining for the crowd, with both sides giving their all.

After 25 minutes the Wanderers scored when Jack McColm went in at the corner after some good play. Two minutes later the visiting backs gained control and opened up the Hawick defence with Ross Purves offloading to an onrushing Kieran Monks who made the touchdown. Skipper Callum McColm slotted over the conversion.

The Wanderers showed fighting spirit and were making inroads into the Youth Club 22 when centre Lewis MacLennan intercepted a pass and, after evading a couple of tackles, scored. McColm converted to make the half-time score 14-5.

After the restart Ruari Wilson powered over to touch down near the posts, McColm converting, to stretch the lead.

McColm was next on the scoresheet when he burst through the Wanderers defence to score between the posts and convert himself.

The Wanderers never gave up and worked hard for each other, but the next try came from Youth Club hooker James Bett, who gained control of the ball and in a burst from halfway, sold an outrageous dummy before touching down.

The Teries were next to score when James Parker started from within his own half and powered his way down the line, evading a number of feeble tackling attempts by some of the Selkirk players to touch down and convert.

This seemed to lift the Wanderers players for a short while until Ruari Wilson chipped over the onrushing green backs. Purves caught it and offloaded to Wilson, who sprinted over the try line with McColm converting.

The final try from the Souters was from a typical McColm break, with a final pass to supporting centre Harry Aynsley to touch down.

The Wanderers’ never-say-die attitude resulted in Scott Glendinning scoring in the corner before the final whistle.

Selkirk Youth Club: K. Monks; T. Duncan, H. Aynsley, L. MacLennan, C. McEwan; C. McColm, T. Penman; F. McKerracher, J. Bett, C. Weatherley, J. Lunt, E. Harrison, R. Wilson, J. Haughey, R. Purves. Subs: J. Carroll, C. Mordue, G. Berkeley, A. Tennant.

Hawick Wanderers: A. Hall; J. McColm, S. Bandeen, M. Douglas, J. Parker; D. Henderson, R. Graham; S. Anderson, F. Hislop, R. Whillans, H. Murray, A. Birney, M. Pringle, N. Hay, C. Kyle. Subs: S. Glendinning, C. Brunton, A. Boles, J. Wilson, I. Elliot, A. Ford and J. White.