Third time’s the charm for Souters

Lee Jones (Selkirk) 1st. scotland cap for rugby.
Lee Jones (Selkirk) 1st. scotland cap for rugby.
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AT THE third time of asking this season, Selkirk finally beat Border rivals Kelso with a convincing 26-6 scoreline last weekend.

Both sides were at virtually full strength and the Souters were out to seek revenge for the two defeats, in particular the shocking performance at Poynder Park in October.

In the end, it was a solid win for Selkirk, who scored three well taken tries in the process, to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier C table.

Peter Mirrielees triggered the scoring when he crashed over for the opening try, while Kelso had to rely on the boot of Kieran Wilkinson, who edged his team ahead with two well-taken penalties.

This lead was short-lived, however, as Callum McColm sailed in for a fine try in the corner and half-time arrived with Selkirk having gone into a 10-6 lead.

Kelso had not made the most of the wind advantage in the first half and now it was the turn of the hosts to enjoy the elements.

David Cassidy kicked three penalties before Selkirk sealed the game with a try from captain Neil Darling, converted by Cassidy.

z Melrose, last season’s Scottish champions and currently top of Premier One, have agreed to play Selkirk in a friendly at Philiphaugh on Saturday. The kick off is 1.30pm, allowing players and supporters to watch the Ireland v Italy and England v Wales matches in the clubhouse afterwards.

On Sunday, Scotland play France at Murrayfield (ko 3pm) and once again Selkirk winger Lee Jones, pictured below, has been selected in Andy Robinson’s starting XV.