The Souters did themselves no favours by conceding a host of penalties in a heavy home defeat to National League high-flyers Watsonians.
Referee Charles Samson was being watched in the stand by his coach and he didn’t stand for any nonsense from both sides, dishing out four yellow cards and a red to Selkirk captain Andrew Renwick for alleged ‘overuse of the mouth’ when questioning a decision.
Samson was also strict when it came to scrum halves putting the ball in straight, with home number nine Mike McVie penalised several times.
Selkirk’s director of rugby Cameron Cochrane said: “We put up in good performance against Kelso, but this week it just didn’t seem to happen.
“Our scrum went well early on, but as the game went on our discipline disappeared.”
Ben Di Rollo, Watsonians’ captain and younger brother of international Marcus, was outstanding and ran the show.
His opening try on 20 minutes was very skilful and his backline was on fire throughout.
Allan Jacobsen is still enjoying the sport he loves so much and giving back to the game to help young players come through. Jacobsen scored a pushover try just after the hour, and with Di Rollo’s two penalties to Mike McVie’s two for Selkirk, the game was still there for the taking.
After McVie landed a third penalty, Ewan Miller’s converted try gave Watsonians a 14-point cushion.
However, a turnover in the visitors’ 22 led to a breakout, and Di Rollo combined with full back Rory Steele for the latter to race home from 70m, which broke Selkirk and gave the league leaders a bonus point.
When Ramsay Young danced through the home defence for a fifth score, it was virtually all over, but credit to the Souters for coming back with a touch of brilliance from Gavin Craig to touch down.
Fraser Harkness bundled over from close range after a tap penalty, but ’Sonians’ Chris Scott had scored a sixth try in between and Young added a seventh at the death.
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Selkirk: F. Harkness, R. Banks, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, D. Clapperton, G. Craig, M. McVie; G. Patterson, J. Bett, C. Graur, A. Renwick, M. Kissick, C. Marshall, A. Duckett, R. Crockatt. Subs: J. Welsh, I. Walling, E. MacDougall, G. Turner.