Stirling County 65, Selkirk 3

Stirling steamroller flattens Selkirk

 ANY hopes of a Selkirk revival against Premiership Division Two leaders Stirling County were quickly quashed at Bridgehaugh on Saturday, where the visitors were put to the sword in a nine-try mauling.
Selkirk failed to cross their opponents' line for the third time this season, with Michael Rutherford's solitary first half penalty the only time the scoreboard boys were troubled by the visitors all afternoon.
In fact Selkirk's best spell was the opening 15 minutes of the match, when some fierce tackling kept the home side in check. However, it was only a matter of time before gaps began to appear in the Selkirk defence, and a flurry of tries took the score to 27-3 at the interval.
After the break it was one-way traffic, with missed tackles allowing the powerful Stirling pack and strong-running back division to dictate al most every phase of play.
Two Stirling players - Addison and Renwick - notched hat-tricks of tries, with the other home touchdowns coming from Orbell, Deaves and Archibald (who added seven conversions and two penalties for good measure).
Selkirk must now target their next two fixtures (both at home) against Berwick and Kirkcaldy to kick-start their league comeback. Failure to pick up points in these matches will leave the Souters with a mountain to climb.

SELKIRK - D. Cassidy, A. Lyall, G. Blair, D. Rumney, F. Harkness, M. Rutherford, S. Tomlinson (rep. M. McVie), R. Taylor, E. Robbie (rep. I. Walling), M. Murray, S. Robson, N. Darling, A. Heatlie, R. Crockatt, S. Jeffrey (rep. M. Barnett).