Boroughmuir denied league title by resolute Souters

Gavin Craig leaves the field after damaging his knee ligament.
Gavin Craig leaves the field after damaging his knee ligament.

Boroughmuir20

Selkirk17

A BATTLING display by Selkirk almost saw the Philiphaugh men pull off the shock result of the season at Meggetland on Saturday.

The city side had needed a bonus point win to clinch the league title, with two matches still to play, but the visitors were equally determined to keep their own promotion play-off hopes alive.

Playing against the wind in the first half, Boroughmuir took the game to Selkirk in the opening exchanges and took the lead after five minutes when stand-off David Reekie kicked a penalty but, six minutes later, Rory Banks drew Selkirk level from a similar award.

Darren Clapperton celebrated his return to duty (after a three-month injury lay-off) by handing off a defender and sprinting over for a fine try in the corner and in the 31st minute Selkirk increased their lead when a series of forward charges led to Gordon Patterson stretching out under the posts. Banks added both conversions.

Just before the interval, referee Mike Adamson awarded a penalty try to Boroughmuir and Reekie’s conversion made the half-time score Boroughmuir 10 Selkirk 17.

Facing a strong breeze in the second half, Selkirk were always going to have their work cut out. A pushover try by Ian Moody closed the gap to two points and, with the match entering the final minute of regular time, and when it seemed Selkirk’s courageous last-ditch defending would win the day, the same man broke through again for the deciding score.