Under-strength Souters pay the price for second-period errors

Falkirk 39

Selkirk 26


SELKIRK travelled to Falkirk with eight regulars unavailable, including captain Neil Darling who didn’t recover fully from a leg injury sustained in the previous week’s encounter with Peebles.

David Cassidy was skipper for the day and again his goal-kicking in windy conditions was excellent, scoring 11 points from three penalties and one conversion.

The Souters could not have got off to a worse start, conceding 13 points in the first 10 minutes.

However, after some fine driving play by the forwards, Rob Taylor scored near the posts and Scott Hendrie scored in the corner after a typical burst from Fraser Harkness.

It was looking good for Selkirk early in the second half when Jock Renwick picked up from a scrum and drove over to take a 16-15 lead with a strong wind in their favour. However, the next part of the game was littered with errors and poor decision-making which allowed Falkirk to take the initiative and score three tries.

Fair credit to Selkirk who came storming back in the last five minutes and should have secured two bonus points when Harkness, so often Selkirk’s hero, unfortunately dropped the ball over the tryline trying to get closer to the posts for an easier conversion.

Selkirk: F. Harkness; S. Hendrie, D. Cassidy, R. Nixon, C. McColm; R. Banks, M. Davies; G. Paterson, S. Forrest, C. Lacour, R. Taylor, J. Kikvidze, E. McDougall, C. Johnston, A. Renwick. Subs: S. Renwick, P. Forrest, S. McDonald, N. Godsmark.