Welsh boot turns pressure into points

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THE accurate boot of young full back Josh Welsh saw Selkirk through what could have been a tricky afternoon, writes Laing Speirs.

With three penalties in the first half and a couple late on to secure the points, he saw that Dundee, who managed the game’s only try, were finally squeezed out of a win they had looked like getting for much of the second period.

It was a day when kicking dominated the game, even although some of the Philiphaugh faithful would have welcomed a more open approach to what turned out to be another successful outing.

The home side certainly played some attractive rugby on the occasions when openings appeared.

Wingers Rory Banks and Callum McColm each had scampers created from some enterprise in the centre, and Gavin Craig split the defence more than once.

The Selkirk pack had a powerful eight to contest with, but the Taysiders didn’t help their cause by losing two forwards to yellow cards.

That Selkirk couldn’t get over the line with this advantage could have been a missed opportunity, but the extra man helped the side to get the positions which Welsh turned into points.

Selkirk had the better of the exchanges once the teams had broken out of the initial stalemate in midfield and a couple of Welsh penalties suggested the side was taking control.

Dundee’s response produced the game’s only try, just as they returned to full strength after the first yellow card. They took a penalty to the corner and Chris Cumming was powered over, Bryce Hosie converting. A penalty by Hosie was countered by one from Welsh to give Dundee a one-point lead at the break.

A flash of inspiration from Scott Hendrie lit up the second half which produced another Hosie penalty, before Selkirk’s game opened up a bit.

Late on, Welsh’s two penalties, the second for an offside offence straight in front of the posts, earned the Souters a hard but deserved win.