Seasiders coast home as Stormers miss tackles

EAST RESERVE LEAGUE POD A

STORMERS travelled with high hopes of continuing their unbeaten against a strong North Berwick side.

However, the visitors contributed to their own problems by falling off tackles in open play and allowing the opposition’s pacey backs to create havoc, resulting in two tries in the first 10 minutes, one being converted.

After 25 minutes and following some strong running from the Stormers back row John Everitt squeezed over in the corner for a try, with Daniel Pringle kicking a very impressive conversion. And, five minutes later, Calvin Henderson dove over from a 5m line-out.

North Berwick replied almost immediately with an unconverted try, then added a further converted effort on half-time when running a penalty, the Selkirk players guilty of not reacting quickly enough.

Some stern words at the break regarding missed tackles did not seem to be heeded by all as North Berwick ran straight through a weak defence to score almost straight from the restart. The conversion was successful.

Stormers battled on gamely but struggled to find a finish to their endeavours until Scott Tough wriggled over for a try from close in, Pringle converting. The seasiders sealed the win with a late try.

However, the Souters stuck to their task and the back row in particular had a strong game with good ball carries. Neil Cruickshank was named Stormers’ man of the match.

Selkirk Stormers: C. Shand; T. Walling, J. Graham, D. Swinbanks, S. Tough; D. Pringle (capt), B. Anderson; C. Henderson, S. Rogerson, B. Reid, C. Fairbairn, L. Carrick, J. Everitt, D. Gray, N. Cruickshank. Subs: J. Stevens, A. White, F. Tough, B. Mercer, C. Bruce.