Seventh win on the bounce puts Souters in the clear

GHA vs Selkirk. Josh Welsh of Selkirk.
GHA vs Selkirk. Josh Welsh of Selkirk.

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Selkirk26

Selkirk are now seven points clear at the top of National League One after another battling display at Braidholm against fellow promotion pace-setters GHA.

The win was Selkirk’s seventh on the trot – making this the club’s best-ever start to a national league campaign.

On Saturday the visitors’ strategy combined control and creativity, with a dominant display by the pack laying the foundations for a deserved victory.

Selkirk skipper Kieran Cooney gave a stirring lead throughout, with the strong scrummaging and line-out proficiency of the visiting eight keeping Selkirk on the front foot for long periods.

No less influential was openside Angus Duckett, whose high work rate in the loose and speed to the breakdown proved a constant thorn in the side of GHA’s defence.

One of the match’s key battles proved to be the duel between GHA’s experienced scrum-half Peter Jericevich and Selkirk’s dynamic No 9 Mikey Davies. As expected, both players made significant contributions to their respective causes, but it was Davies’ ability to consistently break the gain line and launch attacks from every area of the pitch that ultimately proved decisive.

The pace and aggression of flying machine Darren Clapperton also caught the eye – the Scotland Thistles sevens player scoring two tries in the match, taking his tally for the season to eleven.

Ahead 14-5 at halftime, Selkirk were never behind, although they had to withstand a torrid closing 10 minutes, when the home team launched a sustained assault on their try line. Stand-out tackles during this period came from, Ewan MacDougall, brother Craig and replacement scrum-half Scott Tough.

Selkirk’s first try resulted from a blindside burst by Duckett who sent Clapperton sprinting over the line.

Clapperton’s second try had its origins in a break up the middle by full-back Josh Welsh, whose off-load to Craig MacDougall was quickly fed out to the Selkirk left wing who finished off the move in style.

The Braidholm team hit back with tries by Andrew Gillman and Andrew Boag, with Jericevich adding one conversion and a penalty.

Selkirk’s third try was scored by Davies, after good lead-up work by Cata Graur and Matt Kissick while the rest of the points came from three penalties and a conversion from Welsh.