Selkirk 2nds 16, Boroughmuir 2nds 33

AS expected, Boroughmuir 2nds proved formidable opponents in the first pool match of the new Edinburgh-Borders Cup competition, running out winners by five tries to one in a match switched to Selkirk's Burnmill pitch because of the wet conditions.

The visitors set a fast pace throughout, and opened the scoring with a try in the third minute following a quickly taken tap penalty. This was countered by a Guy Blair penalty, before the visitors stretched their lead to 14-3 through a second touchdown.

In the 20th minute Selkirk prop Ian Purves showed he'd lost none of his points-scoring panache by bulldozing his way over for a try, converted by Blair, which closed the gap to 14-10.

A third Boroughmuir touchdown was followed by two Blair penalties, before 'Muir struck a decisive blow on the stroke of halftime with a fourth try to go 26-16 ahead.

Despite pressing hard after the break, with Fraser Jack, Neil Brown and Ewen Robbie always to the fore, Selkirk couldn't increase their tally, and the visitors rounded off a polished display with a converted try in the final 10 minutes.

SELKIRK - B. Armstrong, T. Walling, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, J. Lyall, G. Blair, F. Jack, I. Purves, R. Jaffray, E. Robbie, K. Connor, M. Rodgerson, A. Millar, N. Brown, C. Kemp. Replacements - S. Rodgerson, R. Cook, G. Forrest.

MIDDLEMAN. Selkirk 2nds lock forward Keith Connor finds himself isolated in Saturday's Edinburgh Borders Cup match on the Burnmill pitch. (Picture: Grant Kinghorn)