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RBS PREMIER TWO
NORMAN GRAY reports from Hughenden
THERE was no shortage of drama in Glasgow at the weekend – and it was at neither Ibrox nor Parkhead, but on the back pitches at Hughenden.
Selkirk came back from 15-0 down at the break, and then watched anxiously as Hillhead were given a chance to share the points in the final minutes.
But they missed two conversions as the referee, Kevin White, allowed an attempt to be taken twice after a Selkirk player was alleged to have charged too early.
The drama did not finish there as the referee and touch judges disagreed on the final score.
Selkirk director of rugby Dennis Henderson said: “We all agreed, and that included Hillhead, that we had won the match, and I think it all went back to a disallowed score in the first half which caused the problem.”
Hillhead, who played downhill in the first half, dominated through powerful forward play, and surged to a lead with tries from Daniel Osugo and Donald Pitkethly with Andy Leslie adding a penalty and a conversion.
It was a different game in the second half, when Selkirk, with the elements behind them, constantly threatened the Hillhead line.
The forwards were in rampant form and allowed the backs to come into the game with surging runs, notably from Gavin Craig and Fraser Harkness.
David Cassidy converted a penalty before surges by Rob Taylor and Ryan Crockatt helped set up winger Darren Clapperton to score.
In 55 minutes, after more fine work by the forwards, Craig broke through to pass to Harkness, who scored near the posts. Cassidy’s conversion made it 15-all before a Leslie kick put Hillhead back in front.
Selkirk scored a third try in the 68th minute when the Craig/Harkness combination put Crockatt through. Cassidy added the conversion and a further penalty in the 75th minute.
Selkirk pushed for the bonus point try, but in the last few minutes allowed Leslie to score in the corner.
The game was dependent on the final kick which would have given Hillhead the draw, but twice it failed.
Selkirk: F. Harkness; R. Banks, D. Cassidy, R. Nixon, D. Clapperton, G. Craig, M. McVie; G. Patterson; S. Forrest, C. Lecour, R. Aglen, J. Everitt, R.Crockatt, C. Johnston, C. Marshall. Subs: R. Taylor, E. McDougall, A. Dickson, P. Forrest.