Biggar 2nds 17, Selkirk 2nds 11

Selkirk 2nds lose at Biggar in curtailed cup tie

ALL eyes might have been on recalled England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson on Saturday, but as far as Selkirk Rugby Club was concerned, the more important comeback story of the day involved its own fly-half Michael Rutherford.

The Edinburgh-based student pulled on a Selkirk jersey for the first time this season at Hartreemill on Saturday in an Edinburgh-Borders Cup tie against Biggar 2nds, having been sidelined for the past six months by a dislocated toe.

The former Scotland under-19 player came through the match with flying colours, kicking a first half penalty and generally doing everything that was asked of him both in attack and defence.

The visitors found themselves 12-8 in arrears at halftime, conceding two tries to the home team, while scoring one of their own through Richard Cook, following a 70-metre counter-attack involving Rutherford, Jim Ross, Bruce Armstrong and Jamie Lyall.

After the break Biggar notched another touchdown, while all Selkirk could muster was a single Lyall penalty. To both teams' astonishment, the referee blew for no-side some 15 minutes early, ending what had been a close-fought contest on an extremely frustrating note.

SELKIRK - J. Lyall, B. Armstrong, R. Nixon, J. Hendrie, S. Jack, M. Rutherford, F. Jack, J. Stephens, J. Duncan, B. Reid, K. Connor, R. Cook, A. Millar, N. Brown, J. Ross. Replacements - S. Rodgerson, M. Rodgerson, C. Kemp, D. Purves.

Michael Rutherford -
successful comeback.