Berwick 2nds 0, Selkirk 2nds 32

Slick Selkirk 2nds off to a flying start in new league

DESPITE the monsoon conditions which persisted throughout the game, Selkirk 2nds turned on the style at Scremerston on Saturday, opening their Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship account with a convincing win over Berwick.

With visiting No. 8 Callum Johnston in outstanding form, and the front row of Jimmy Stephens, Jamie Duncan and Ray Price in equally fine fettle, the Philiphaugh side monopolised possession facing the elements in the first half.

The breakthrough came just before the interval, when a clever side-step by centre Ross Nixon saw him cross the gain-line and feed the ball to Struan Jack, with the powerful wing bursting clear for a try near the corner.

After the break it was the visiting backs who came into their own. Aussie fly-half Ian McConnel landed a penalty, before shimmying his way over for a try following a scrum pick-up by half-back partner Fraser Jack. McConnel added the conversion to put Selkirk 15-0 ahead.

Soon afterwards young flanker Andrew Millar chipped over the line, but was just beaten to the touchdown by McConnel, who again added the conversion.

The visitors' next try was scored by centre Scott Hendrie, making a successful comeback after a lengthy injury lay-off, while just before the final whistle Struan Jack scored his second try of the match, bringing the curtain down on an encouraging all-round display by the young Souters.

SELKIRK - M. Jaffray, S. Jack, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, B. Armstrong, I. McConnel, F. Jack, J. Stephens, J. Duncan, R. Price, K. Connor, M. Rodgerson, N. Brown, A. Millar, C. Johnston. Replacements: R. Jaffray, G. Fairbairn, G. MacDougall, E. Robbie, P. Cameron, S. Paton.

Referee - D. Douglas (Hawick).

Ian McConnel - personal
haul of 17 points.