Selkirk boss Wright quite happy to return to the Gytes

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Seemingly unstoppable National Division One leaders Selkirk have had to look to the past in order to look forward lately.

Former player Fraser Harkness’ new side Jed-Forest did not prove too difficult a hurdle for the soaring Souters last week, but on Saturday, they face coach Peter Wright’s old team Peebles.

Wright told The Southern: “As a player and a coach I’ve had to go back to quite a few former clubs, and it’s something I always enjoy, it’s always good to go back.

“I was a bit surprised to be let go by Peebles – I thought I was doing a good job, but it’s what other people think that matters.

“There was no animosity then and there is none now.

“And I’m very happy to be here with Selkirk, it’s a different team of players and it’s a new challenge.

“It’s not just that we are unbeaten at the top of the league, it’s about how we got there, the way we play our rugby.

“We’ve put together a game plan that fits the players’ individual strengths and it seems to work – we are scoring from all areas of the park.

“Of course, every game is different and each team brings new challenges.

“I know most of Peebles’ players and I know that Saturday’s match is going to be a tough one.”

Peebles coach Drew Moore insisted no-one at the Gytes was thinking about the return of their former coach.

“To be honest,” Moore told us, “it’s not an issue that’s been discussed by our guys.

“I’m pretty sure that the fact that it’s a Borders derby, it’s Selkirk, and they are the league leaders will be enough motivation.

“I’m pretty sure we have a chance if we get our structure in place.”

With the Autumn Tests starting on Saturday, there is no Premiership matches this weekend, but there is another mouthwatering Borders derby taking place in National One.

There’s not much between Kelso and Jed-Forest in the league, and matches between the two old rivals can be quite tempestuous affairs, so expect late fireworks as the match kicks off at Poynder Park at 3pm.

See page 71 for all the weekend’s rugby and football fixtures.