A strong team performance saw Selkirk ‘A’ register a convincing seven-try victory over Jed-Forest 2nds in last week’s Border 2nd XV Cup fixture under the Philiphaugh floodlights.
The only disappointment for the home team came in the 38th minute, when hooker Ruairi Wilson was shown a red card by referee Grant Denholm (Borders Rugby Referee Society) following a bout of fisticuffs between the two sets of players. Bruce Riddell was switched to hooker for the remainder of the game.
Despite being down to 14 men, Selkirk still managed to score three tries in the second half to put the result beyond doubt.
Home skipper Craig MacDougall led from the front throughout, scoring a brace of tries and having a hand in another. Selkirk’s remaining touch downs came from Callum McEwan, Lewis MacLennan (2), Wilson and Kieran Monks. Rory Banks added five conversions, taking his season’s points tally to 57
Ahead 26-3 at halftime, Selkirk were once again well served by young prop Callum Turnbull, who continues to grow in confidence with each match, while fellow teenager Scott McClymont made an equally big impact when coming off the bench, with Alan Lambie a driving force in both set-piece and broken play.
Behind the scrum, Lewis MacLennan and Banks both proved highly effective runners, continually breaking the gain line and off-loading to their supporting team-mates.
Selkirk: C. McEwan, H. Aynsley, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, K. Monks, R. Banks, S. Tough, C. Turnbull, R. Wilson, C. Elliot, A. Lambie, E. Turner, M. Robertson, S. Nixon, S. McDonald. Subs: B. Riddell, T. Walling, S. McClymont, W. McClymont.
z Due to a waterlogged pitch and further heavy rain forecast, last Saturday’s National League game between Selkirk 1st XV and Peebles had to be postponed.
Weather permitting this weekend the Souters travel to Poynder Park where they will tackle Kelso in a RBS Borders Regional Cup tie.