Selkirk 2nds 47, Berwick 2nds 13

Depleted Selkirk still too strong for Berwick

DESPITE having to contribute three players to the club's senior XV at the 11th hour, Selkirk 2nds still had too much firepower for Berwick 2nds in Saturday's Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship fixture at Philiphaugh.

The visitors also found themselves short-handed, being forced to travel without their full complement of front row players, resulting in scrums being uncontested throughout the contest.

It was the home team who made an early breakthrough, strong-running wing Struan Jack proving he had shaken off the ankle injury picked up against Hawick by bursting through for the game's opening try, converted by Ian McConnel.

Soon afterwards Jack found himself on the score-sheet for a second time, before centre Ross Nixon - who had an excellent match - sliced through the visitors' defence for a fine individual try following a sustained spell of Selkirk pressure.

Just before halftime Selkirk full-back Ben Cooper touched down to secure a bonus point for the home side. McConnel landed his third successful conversion kick of the half, making the interval score 26-3 to Selkirk (Berwick's points coming from a drop-goal).

After the break the home side increased their lead with a try from replacement Ryan Jaffray, before Scott Tomlinson cut inside to set up a touchdown for English debutant John Everitt (a long-striding back row player who looks like being a useful addition to the Philiphaugh playing squad).

It was left to Cooper to round off the Selkirk scoring with his second try of the afternoon following a clever Nixon break, with McConnel sending over his sixth conversion of the game. Berwick managed to chalk up two tries from line-out drives to put a better complexion on the scoreline.

SELKIRK -B. Cooper, S. Jack, S. Tomlinson, R. Nixon, T. Walling, I. McConnell, F. Jack, R. Price, J. Duncan, J. Stephens, M. Rodgerson, K. Connor, C. Johnston, S. Rodgerson, C. Kemp. Replacements: G. MacDougall, J. Everitt, G. Hancock, R. Jaffray.

Struan Jack - two tries
for Selkirk wing.