Late blow for Selkirk

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Watsonians 19

Selkirk 18

PREMIER GROUP B

SELKIRK were deprived of their first Group B victory in the cruelest of fashions at Myreside on Saturday.

Centre David Cassidy opened the scoring for Selkirk with a 45m penalty after eight minutes.

This lead was extended 10 minutes later when Scott Hendrie ran 60m for a try after a Watsonians back movement had been disrupted.

Good handling, after a quickly-taken penalty, created a numerical advantage for the attacking Watsonians over the defending Souters, enabling left wing Craig Sorbie to score a try under the posts. Home full back Jamie Forbes added the extras and a second lengthy penalty by Cassidy gave Selkirk a four-point advantage at the break.

Ten minutes after the interval, Hendrie scored his second try after chasing an astute grub kick by Gavin Craig into the left corner and Cassidy kicked the conversion from close to the touchline.

Eight minutes later Sorbie’s second try for ’Sonians, resulting from good recycling of the ball, closed the gap, but Selkirk’s covering ensured that the scorer could only dot down five metres in from touch.

In the last 10 minutes Selkirk’s effort all over the pitch began to show in tired legs as they defended the attacks which the home side were increasingly mounting.

They appeared to be hanging on, but when a thrust down the middle created an opening for replacement Grant Somerville to score a try, Watsonians benefited from the referee’s decision that the final pass had been legitimate.

The conversion by Forbes from in front of the posts inflicted a sore blow and when Cassidy narrowly failed to kick either of two huge late penalty attempts, the wound was not healed.

Selkirk: C. Beattie; S. Hendrie, D. Cassidy, R. Nixon, D. Clapperton; G. Craig, M. McVie; G. Patterson, M. Martin, R. Taylor, R. Aglen, S. Willett, R. Crockett, A. Renwick, N. Darling. Subs: S. Forrest, M. Weller, C. Marshall and N. Godsmark.