FRIDAY night's friendly match between old rivals
Selkirk 'A' and Earlston attracted a good crowd to Philiphaugh, with both sets of supporters being rewarded by
a hotly contested match.
The speed and penetration of the home threequarters ultimately proved the difference between the two sides, with
Selkirk full-back Craig Hunter stealing the show with a hat-trick of tries - one of which a 70-metre solo effort
from his own '22'.
Other try scorers for the home team were Greg Fairbairn, Keith Connor and Iain Purves, the latter player making
his comeback appearance after missing the first half of the season. Gavin Craig kicked three conversions.
Another welcome sight for Selkirk supporters was the return to action of scrum-half Michael McVie, who broke a
bone in his hand in the Border League game against Melrose at the beginning of January.
Earlston's try scorers were George McDougall and David Whiteford. The visitors' team also contained former Selkirk
scrum-half Graham Thompson, who joined the Melrose club after leaving Philiphaugh in 2000, and is currently on
the road back to full fitness after injury.
Selkirk full-back Craig Hunter steals the show
with a hat-trick of tries
SELKIRK 'A'- C. Hunter, G. Fairbairn, C. Cochrane,
G. Lyall, T. Walling, G. Craig, M. McVie, J. McDonald, I. Walling, I. Purves, K. Connor, S. Renwick, J. Ross N.
Brown, B. Hoggan. Replacements (all used): D. Gray, G. Hancock, A. Marshall, J. Stephen, M. Rodgerson.