Selkirk 'A' 36, Earlston 10

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.