DESPITE showing no fewer than five changes in the playing squad it was Selkirk who looked the more settled side in Saturday’s must-win fixture.
Going into the match both clubs were still looking for their first win of the season, but it was the Philiphaugh men who emerged as the hungrier outfit.
Up 28-3 at the interval, Selkirk – captained for the first time by Ross Nixon – never let their early advantage slip, piling on 17 more points after halftime.
Switched to number eight in the absence of Ryan Crockatt, Matt Kissick had an outstanding game, as did scrum-half Mikey Davies (deputising for the injured Michael McVie). Kiwi newcomer Ricky Fluhler also made a promising senior debut at lock, and looks certain to be a key figure at Philiphaugh in the weeks ahead.
On Saturday everything finally clicked into place for the fired-up Souters, tries coming from Lee Kibble, Fraser Harkness (2), Davies and Darren Clapperton. Josh Welsh added four conversions and four penalties, with GHA’s points coming from a try by MacDonald converted by Houston, who also added a penalty.