Haddington 2nds 24, Selkirk A 12

DESPITE losing teenage centre Jason Hendrie with a serious knee injury five minutes before the break, and flanker Chris Kemp with a shoulder knock five minutes after it, Selkirk's young team showed buckets of character and courage against bigger and older opponents on Saturday.

This was the Souters' first taste of Division Three action in the National 2nd XV League, and coach Brian Cassidy can have had no complaints about the commitment his young charges showed in a bruising encounter.

Prop Gordon Patterson in particular displayed real potential in his first outing for the Philiphaugh side, while hooker Ian Walling took four strikes against the head to keep the Borderers in the hunt.

Trailing 5-0 at halftime, the loss of Hendrie and Kemp saw the Souters leak two quick scores. To their credit the visitors then regrouped, and tries by player-coach Bryan Hoggan and scrum-half Michael McVie kept them in touch with Haddington, Gary Lyall kicking one of the conversions.

Gavin Craig had a useful game at stand-off on limited possession, and if the team continue to show such never-say-die spirit, then a productive season looks in prospect.

SELKIRK A - B. Armstrong, G. Fairbairn, G. Lyall, J. Hendrie, J. Ross, G. Craig, M. McVie, G. Ruthven, I. Walling, G. Patterson, D. Lithgow, S. Paton, C. Kemp, B. Hoggan, K. Connor. Replacements (all used): J. Stephen, G. Jeffrey, T. Walling, N. Brown.

Gordon Patterson - impressive
in first outing for Selkirk.