Souters’ winning streak ends

Josh Welsh for Selkirk RFC
Josh Welsh for Selkirk RFC
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Selkirk’s 11-match unbeaten run came to an end at Braidholm on Saturday, when GHA defeated the Souters 20-17 in their BT National Cup second round tie.

The game started at a frantic pace and scores were not long in coming.

On the 10-minute mark, GHA took the lead against the run of play when a misplaced kick landed in the hands of the Glasgow side’s sharp left wing Nigel Kelly, who scored in the corner after running in from 60m.

After 20 minutes, GHA’s other wing, Rangi Jericevich, finished off a long passage of play with a try to increase the home team’s lead to 12-0.

At this point, Selkirk were running the ball from all areas of the field to try and break down the home defence.

On the half-hour mark, a break by Josh Welsh from deep in his own half saw the supporting Callum McEwan take the full-back’s scoring pass and go over for the visitors’ first try. Rory Banks converted.

For the remainder of the half, Selkirk threw everything at their opponents in a bid to get over the try line, but the bigger home side held out until the last minute, conceding a penalty in front of the posts which Banks slotted to bring the half-time score to GHA 12, Selkirk 10.

In the second half, Selkirk had almost all the pressure, and this told when, after some excellent handling, Ewan MacDougall scored a converted try near the posts, putting the Souters in front for the first time in the game.

With 10 minutes to go, the home side scored an unconverted try through replacement Euan McKirdy, bringing the scores level at 17-17.

The game was in stoppage time when the city team was awarded a penalty right in front of the posts, which Jericevich duly kicked to seal an exciting cup game.