Souters loving life at the top



Everything continues to come up roses for Selkirk, whose Valentine’s Day victory at Fullarton Park on Saturday provided their 17th successive league win.

A blistering opening 25 minutes of high-tempo rugby saw the visitors run in four tries at Marr’s picturesque South Ayrshire ground, not only putting the result beyond reasonable doubt, but more importantly restoring Selkirk’s 16-point lead over nearest challengers GHA at the top of the table.

Although automatic promotion to the BT Premiership is now looking increasingly likely for the Philiphaugh side, forwards coach Neill Wood was quick to dampen down any premature title talk. “No-one’s looking beyond the next game, and that’s the philosophy we’ve followed all season,” he said.

Ahead 27-12 at half-time, Selkirk’s four first-half tries were scored by Josh Welsh, John Everitt, Darren Clapperton and Angus Duckett. Late in the game Gordon Patterson scored the visitors’ fifth try, with Rory Banks making up their total from three penalties and four conversions.

Marr’s points came from tries by Fraser Grant, Angus Johnston and Colin Sturgeon, with the latter two players each adding a conversion.