Second half surge a bonus for Selkirk

Peebles vs Selkirk. Darren Clapperton.
Peebles vs Selkirk. Darren Clapperton.

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A THIRD successive bonus point win sent Selkirk’s large band of travelling supporters home happy from the Gytes on Saturday.

Such a clear-cut win looked a distant prospect in the game’s opening quarter. A succession of errors and a string of penalties conceded by the visitors allowed the home side to have the upper hand, and it came as no surprise when Peebles took an early 6-0 lead through two Greg Raeburn penalties.

The visitors finally managed to put their first points on the board after Darren Clapperton released Josh Welsh on an angled run to score out wide.

The flying full back converted himself to give Selkirk a 7-6 halftime lead.

Welsh stretched the lead with a penalty in the 52nd minute before Fraser Harkness used all his guile and strength to dance his way past a ruck of bodies to crash over under the posts for a try which was converted by Welsh.

Momentum then swung Peebles’ way but a brilliant break by Gavin Craig saw Selkirk launch a quick counter-attack which ultimately saw Ricky Fluhler take the final pass and touch down for the visitors’ third try, Welsh again converting.

Fluhler was driven over for his second try of the afternoon while Welsh’s conversion set the seal on an impressive second half showing by Selkirk.