SELKIRK TEAMS FOR SATURDAY
Selkirk 1st XV to play Edin. Accies in BT National 1 at Philiphaugh on Saturday, Oct. 1, kick-off 3pm (meet 1.30pm) – D. Clapperton,
S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, M. Davies, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, J. McGowan,
P. Forrest, M. Gordon, M. Robertson, E. MacDougall. Replacements: C. Graur, C. MacAulay, S. McDonald, J. Wallace,
Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play Edin. Accies
2nds in BT Reserve League National
2 at Philiphaugh on Saturday, Oct. 1, kick-off 3pm (meet 1.45pm) – G. Ross, J. Griffin, A. Lyall, L. Martin, F.
Anderson, R. Hamilton, R. Legge, M. Waldron, F. Amos, J. Stephen, A. Lambie, G. Baird, R. Cook, J. Houston, H.
Borthwick. Replacements: R. Shiel, G. Craig, R. Reilly, D. Nichol, S. McKenzie, A. Hurez,
UNLUCKY BREAK FOR CALLUM IN PRE-MATCH WARM-UP AT
Grin and bear it –
Selkirk utility back Callum McEwan has no option but to take things easy, as he relaxes at his home on Monday morning.
[Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
SELKIRK’S talented threequarter Callum McEwan became
the third scrum-half at the club to succumb to injury this season, after breaking his thumb in the 1st XV’s pre-match
warm-up at Falkirk on Saturday. He now joins fellow No. 9s Scott Tough and Aaron McColm on the injured list.
“It’s really frustrating, to be honest,” the 21-year-old told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week. “It happened
when we were using the tackle shields, and ironically it was Mikey Davies [Selkirk’s reserve scrum-half on Saturday]
who was holding the bag at the time. As I hit the bag my arm must have swung around and connected with Mikey’s
knee, forcing my thumb back.
“At first I thought it was just badly staved, as this has happened before. Usually there’s a little bit of swelling,
but nothing to worry about. However, a couple of minutes into the match I realised the injury was more serious
than I’d first thought, so the only realistic option was to leave the field and let Mikey come on.”
Callum, who graduated from Edinburgh University in the summer with an honours degree in sport and recreation management,
has been told he’ll be out of rugby for at least the next six weeks. Much will depend on how well the fracture
heals, and a further assessment of his thumb will be made within the next fortnight or so.
“The most annoying thing is that the injury is to my right hand, as that’s the one I use for writing, but I guess
I’ll have to learn to adapt and just get on with it!” As yet his plaster cast is still a pristine white, but the
autographs from team-mates are likely to come thick and fast the next time he takes a wander down to the club…
Everyone at Philiphaugh wishes Callum a speedy recovery, and with a bit of luck it won’t be too long before the
pacy utility threequarter is back out on the pitch making his usual exhilarating contribution to Selkirk’s BT National
League Division 1 campaign.
14-MAN SELKIRK ALWAYS ON THE
BACK FOOT AFTER RED CARD COMPOUNDED BY INJURIES
FALKIRK 32, SELKIRK 5
FALKIRK’S ground ‘Sunnyside’ proved anything but
for Selkirk on Saturday, with the Souters suffering the darkest day of their BT National 1 campaign to date.
The writing was on the wall for the visitors even before a ball had been kicked, when scrum-half Callum McEwan
fractured his thumb during the team’s warm-up. Callum did take the field for the first five minutes of the match,
but when the extent of his injury became apparent he was replaced at scrum-half by the returning Mikey Davies (one
of the day’s few positives for the Philiphaugh side).
McEwan wasn't the only injury Selkirk had to contend with. Number eight Sean Nixon was forced to the sidelines
with an ankle injury after landing awkwardly at a line-out, while openside flanker Matt Robertson required three
stitches in a head wound.
It was a tough, physical game which saw the big Falkirk forwards gradually dominate, with Selkirk’s exciting back
three finding themselves isolated from proceedings.
“With the injuries we suffered today, we simply couldn’t cope with the pressure Falkirk were putting us under,”
Selkirk team manager Tom Ramage said after the match.
“On top of that we had a red card 20 minutes into the game which made it even more difficult, leaving us to see
out the final hour of the match with 14 men.
“When you suffer three serious injuries like we did, plus the card, you just have to accept it wasn’t going to
be our day.”
Vice-skipper Ewan MacDougall was red-carded 20 minutes into the game for alleged foul play – a development that
had a massive effect on the Souters, who up until that point had been ahead in the contest and looked up to dealing
with anything the home team could throw at them.
Selkirk still managed to go into the interval 5-3 ahead thanks to a cracking try by winger Josh Welsh. The score
stemmed from some impressive build-up play by backs and forwards, which all started from inside Selkirk’s 22 and
had the away supporters raising the roof.
Prop Lwando Mabenge turned in yet another strong performance in the game, while a special mention goes to Mikey
Davies, who fortuitously had returned to help the club in their hour of need, having taken a break from the game.
SELKIRK: D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, C. McEwan, K. Cooney, R. Wilson,
L. Mabenge, J. McGowan, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: M. Davies, P. Forrest,
C. Graur, D. Allan, C. MacAulay.
BEST DISPLAY TO DATE, BUT SELKIRK ‘A’ STILL
UNABLE TO CHALK UP FIRST WIN
Jack Houston gets
ready to challenge for line-out possession in Saturday’s reserve league game against West of Scotland 2nds at Burnbrae.
[Out of-focus photo: JOHN SMAIL]
WEST OF SCOTLAND 2NDS 10, SELKIRK
ANOTHER battling performance by Selkirk ‘A’s young
players just failed to earn them victory over West of Scotland 2nds at rain-soaked Burnbrae on Saturday.
It leaves the Souters still without a win in BT Reserve League National 2, but Selkirk’s coaches will have taken
heart from the improvements in all aspects of the Philiphaugh team’s game.
Despite the tricky conditions Selkirk attacked with flair and determination, with centres Douglas Swinbanks and
Ali Lyall always in the thick of the action, and the tireless Scott McDonald having an outstanding match at openside
No-one epitomised the Souters’ resolve better than teenage fly-half Rory Hamilton in his first game in the No.
10 jersey. However, all credit goes to West’s players for their rock-solid defence throughout the 80 minutes. On
several occasions it looked as though the visitors would cross their opponents’ try line, only for a desperate,
last-ditch tackle to deny the ball carrier.
The home side went ahead through a try by Mark Sim, after the fly-half cleverly dummied his way past the Selkirk
cover. The Souters did well not to concede any more points facing the gusting wind, leaving West 5-0 ahead at the
Early in the second half Selkirk levelled the scores thanks to a pushover try by number eight Harry Borthwick.
The visitors’ scrum had been given a big boost by debutant prop Andrei Hurez, while the return of lock Jack Houston
tightened up line-out play.
An overlap try by Florian Jacquot regained the lead for West, and despite Selkirk throwing everything bar the kitchen
sink at the home try line in the closing minutes, the Burnbrae men weathered the storm to take the points.
A special mention going to Ryan Legge, who performed well at scrum-half in his first game of the season for Selkirk
SELKIRK - G. Ross, J. Griffin, D. Swinbanks, A. Lyall, L. Martin, R. Hamilton, F. Anderson, M. Waldron, F. Amos,
J. Stephen, J. Houston, G. Baird, R. Cook, S. McDonald, H. Borthwick. Replacements: R. Legge, S. McKenzie, A. Hurez,
Referee – G. Fisher (Cambuslang).
LATEST TECHNOLOGY HELPING EDINBURGH
SCRUM-HALVES HONE THEIR GAME
Golf coach Frank Scott
relaxes beside the Philiphaugh pitch after a recent rugby analysis session. INSET – Nathan Fowles prepares to kick
for goal, watched by Frank Scott and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. [Main photo: JOHN SMAIL]
USING his base at the Synton Mains Golf Driving Range near Ashkirk, respected golf coach Frank Scott has been using
his state-of-the-art videoing techniques to help Edinburgh pro. rugby scrum-halves Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Sean Kennedy
and Nathan Fowles (one of Selkirk’s allocated pro players last season) to improve and refine their ball-delivery
service and kicking technique.
“Professional sport, and in particular professional rugby, is all about identifying, and working to improve, the
small margins of a player’s game which can ultimately have a huge payback in terms of his overall level of performance,”
Frank told the selkirkrfc.com web site.
“Using the latest video techniques, Derek Paterson and myself have been working with these pro. players to highlight
areas of their game which could benefit from changes in approach and execution – in other words using a technology-based
approach to throw fresh light on ways to achieve optimum performance.”
This is the second year Frank and Derek have been working with the Edinburgh Rugby organisation, and to date the
results of their efforts have all been extremely positive. “The players have all been prepared to ‘think out of
the box’,” added Frank, “and have fully taken on board exactly what such detailed video analysis can achieve in
terms of taking their game to the next level. It’s exciting work, and something which I’m certain is only going
to grow in importance in the years ahead.”
1st XV (as at 26/9/2016)
‘A’ XV (as at 26/9/2016)
Played 6 Won 3 Lost 3 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 213. Pts conceded: 182.
Tries scored: 32. Tries conceded: 25.
Leading try scorers (after 6 matches): 9 - Darren Clapperton; 5 - Josh Welsh; 3 - Scott Hendrie, Ciaran Whyte;
2 – Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan, Ross Nixon, Callum McEwan; 1- Max Gordon, Scott Tough, Peter Forrest, Sean
Leading points scorers (after 6 matches): 66 – Josh Welsh (5 tries, 3 penalties,
16 conversions); 45 – Darren Clapperton (9 tries).
Most appearances (after 6 matches): 6 - Josh Welsh, Ciaran Whyte, Ross Nixon,
Lewis MacLennan, Lwando Mabenge, Max Gordon, Ewan MacDougall, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon, Kieran
Cooney; 5 – Ciaran Whyte, Scott Hendrie, Craig MacDougall, Darren Clapperton, Callum McEwan, Ruairi Wilson; 4 -
Aaron McColm, Jordan McGowan, Connor MacAulay, Cata Graur,; 3 – Andrew Renwick, Michael Waldron, Scott McDonald.
Played 6 Won 0 Lost 6 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 54. Pts conceded: 174.
Tries scored: 7. Tries conceded: 25.
Leading try scorers (after 6 matches): 2 – Rory Banks; 1 - Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Michael Waldron, Strath
Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick.
Leading points scorers (after 6 matches): 25 - Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties,
Most appearances (after 6 matches): 6 – Lewis Martin, Frazer Anderson, Gavin
Ross, Robert Cook, Strath Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick, Finlay Amos, Jimmy Stephen; 5 - Ross Purves, Kieran Thomson,
Dave Allan, Douglas Swinbanks, Greg Baird; 4 - Alan Lambie, Robbie Reilly, Jamie Turnbull, Michael Waldron; 3 -
Jy Griffin, Rory Hamilton, Scott McDonald, Callum McColm, 2 – Phil Anderson.