Melrose Storm to Reserve Cup victory with late touchdown

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Melrose Storm 23

Selkirk A 22

BORDER RESERVE CUP FINAL

MELROSE Storm snatched a dramatic Border Reserve Cup victory with a last-minute try to deny a spirited Selkirk A team.

Lock Brodie Runciman claimed the decisive score at Riverside Park as the Greenyards men capped a perfect comeback.

Selkirk took the lead through Matt Robertson’s try and a conversion and three penalties from the boot of promising stand-off Rory Banks.

Having only scored three points through a Ewan Ford penalty, Melrose got themselves back into the game just before half-time when Stuart Johnson scored from a tap penalty.

Ford’s conversion made it 16-13 at the break and within three minutes of the restart, Mark Stewart’s try gave Duncan Combe’s side the lead.

But back came Selkirk and two penalties from Banks saw the Souters ahead by 22-18 with less than 10 minutes to go.

Desperate defence denied Melrose until, eventually, Runicman squeezed over the line.

Melrose Storm: D. Dodds, R. Shirra-Gibb, B. Allan, C. Murray, R. Binnie, E. Ford, G. Thomson; K. Cooney, G. Innes, G. Robertson, I. Robertson, B. Runciman, G. Kerr, M. Stewart, S. Johnson. Subs: N. Bevan, R. Runciman, E. Hardie.

Selkirk A: D. Scott, J. Hendrie, A. Lyall, C. MacDougall, C. Shand, R. Banks, F. Jack; N. Wielbo, S. Forrest, S. Renwick, S. Nixon, J. Everitt, S. McDonald, M. Robertson, E. MacDougal. Subs: C. Ward, M. Rutherford, G. Jeffrey, B. Reid, D. Gray, K. Connor, I. Walling.