Souters quench their thirst for victory at Poynder Park oasis

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AFTER the recent deluge, it was a surprise that this RBS Border Cup game was played at all, but Poynder Park looked a green oasis and was certainly very playable, writes Norman Anderson.

From the outset, Selkirk looked the more likely side with their ambition to move the ball around at pace.

Kelso opened the scoring with a penalty by Matt Douglas after three minutes, but that was cancelled out by a Gavin Craig try. Josh Welsh missed the conversion, but did not miss his next effort when Kelso captain Chris Riddell was yellow-carded after not allowing Mikey Davies to run following a quickly-taken free kick.

Douglas closed the gap with another penalty, but just on half-time, relentless Selkirk pressure allowed Angus Duckett to crash over for a try after centre, Ross Nixon, made the break deep into the Kelso 22.

Just into the second half Welsh slotted another penalty before converting a try from Scott Hendrie after a fine team effort. Fraser Harkness was next on the scoresheet and Selkirk had the bonus point in the bag.

Murray Hastie, Keiran Wilkinson and Mark Wilson all engineered opportunities for Kelso, but all were fruitless. As the game reached its close, Selkirk scored another two tries. Firstly, through Ewan McDougall, who supported well after yet another tapped penalty, and a second for Hendrie, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Welsh converted the first. A resounding victory for Selkirk, who look well set for the second part of the season.