Stuttering Selkirk step up a gear and pull off Biggar win

Berwick v Selkirk Border League.  'Hat-trick man Rory Banks.
Berwick v Selkirk Border League. 'Hat-trick man Rory Banks.

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SELKIRK reclaimed third spot in the RBS National League with a convincing nine-try victory over Biggar at Philiphaugh.

The win helped restore some confidence in the Souters’ ranks following the previous week’s heavy loss to Boroughmuir.

“The boys knew they owed it to themselves and to their supporters to step up a gear and show the kind of rugby they’re capable of playing,” head coach Alistair Dickson said after the match.

“I was much happier with our overall performance, and it was pleasing to see youngsters like Callum McEwan and Ross Purves get game time.

“Our play had a lot more shape and structure about it today, although there are still plenty of areas we have to work on. Our finishing let us down on a number of occasions, and that’s something you can’t afford in a tight contest.

“We’re still missing several players, so I’m confident we can improve further in the coming weeks.”

Playing with the sun at their backs, Biggar struck the first blow, number eight Callum Taylor racing over for a try and Kayle Connor converting. Connor added two penalties for his team, but the rest of the scoring was done by Selkirk who ran in an impressive total of nine tries over the piece.

Josh Welsh, Rory Banks and Scott Hendrie all scored a brace apiece, with Gavin Craig, James Bett and Callum McEwan also getting their names on the scoresheet. Welsh added five conversions for a personal haul of 20 points.