Carlisle Crusaders 10, Selkirk 2nds 20

Selkirk 2nds make successful cross-border raid

ALTHOUGH Saturday's friendly fixture at Brunton Park was played throughout in monsoon conditions, a spirited all-round display eventually saw the Souters home and dry.

The visitors' never-say-die spirit was epitomised by props Jimmy Stephens and Ray Price, both of whom excelled in attack and defence, with Callum Johnston having another solid game on the flank. Meanwhile English recruit John Everitt looks like being a big asset at Philiphaugh, following a confident showing in the visitors' back row.

It was Carlisle who opened the scoring with a penalty after seven minutes, but shortly afterwards a powerful break by Everitt was finished off in style by centre Craig Hunter, who crossed for his eighth try of the season. Fly-half Guy Blair added the conversion, and before halftime kicked two penalties to put Selkirk 13-3 at the interval.

After the break Carlisle closed the gap with a converted try, but the result was put beyond doubt in the closing stages when Aussie wing Ben Cooper touched down for the visitors' second try, following great lead-up work by Michael Jaffray and Ross Nixon.

Special mention must go to Tim Cove for coming out of retirement to help out on the right wing, and the squad certainly appreciated his Tom Jones renditions on the bus back home.

SELKIRK - M. Jaffray, T. Cove, R. Nixon, C. Hunter, B. Cooper, G. Blair, F. Jack, J. Stephens, J. Duncan, R. Price, K. Connor, M. Rodgerson, S. Rodgerson, C. Johnston, J. Everitt. Replacements - G. MacDougall, A. Millar, E. Robbie.

Jimmy Stephens - solid
showing for Selkirk.