Selkirk are Marooned down to Premier Two

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SELKIRK’S flickering hopes of remaining in Scottish Rugby’s top flight were snuffed out on Saturday as neighbours Gala fought to keep their own dreams alive.

This weekend, the team have to rouse themselves again for a now meaningless match against West of Scotland (3pm) but Selkirk skipper Fraser Harkness is looking for his team to go out and show their home supporters that although they are down they are certainly not out.

“We need to go out and show everyone what we can do and get that fighting spirit back into our game,” he said.

“The damage was done in the first half of the season and it’s been really rough trying to come back from that. We still have the Border League and the sevens so we have to get up, dust ourselves down and get back into the mould.

Commenting on his own position within the club next season the international sevens player added: “I’m a Selkirk man through and through and would like to continue playing my rugby at Philiphaugh if that is possible.

“I have discussed it with the Scotland 7s coach Graeme Shiel and he is OK with me playing second division rugby next season, so now I will have to sit down with the club and discuss the best way forward.

Sharing his opinion on the remainder of the season, Selkirk president Donald Macleod said: “We were well beaten by Gala last week-end, mainly by their powerful scrum. We have two matches left to play in Premier B and three in the Border League so there is a lot of 15-a-side rugby before the Sevens start on Sunday, April 3. We need to focus on each of these matches, with everyone continuing to support the players and coaches in the huge commitment they make to giving 100 per cent every Saturday.”