Philiphaugh boss thinks strong Selkirk side could trouble Marr

Skipper Ross Nixon in try-scoring action for Selkirk earlier this season (picture by Grant Kinghorn)
Skipper Ross Nixon in try-scoring action for Selkirk earlier this season (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

Selkirk RFC manager Tom Ramage says he’s glad the team is due back in action tomorrow (Saturday) and expects a “tight game” at home to BT National League Division 1 leaders Marr.

The Souters’ boss reckons Selkirk have a strong side and their game plan could pay off if it goes the way they want it.

“We had a lot of injuries up at Marr at the beginning of the season (when Selkirk lost 32-19 in October) but we have a much more settled back line – although there’s a bit of a mismatch with the forwards regarding injuries and suspensions,” said Ramage. “But our strongest team is out there now.”

This was with the exception of Gavin Craig, who injured an ankle in the 21-16 loss to Stewart’s Melville two weeks ago.

“I’m looking for it to be an open, exciting game, because they (Marr) play open, exciting rugby and they are obviously full of confidence because of their position in the table, looking for promotion to the Premiership,” added Ramage.

“If we can match them up front, or beat them up front, and let the backs do the running in the open country, we will score some tries.

“Our defence lately has been really good,” added the manager. “We have leaked a couple of tries now and then, but our defence is on top of its game just now.”

The side had been working hard in esxtra training sessions and had one or two things up its sleeve, said Ramage.