Selkirk 2nds 66, Haddington 2nds 15

Selkirk 2nds outgun young Haddington opponents at Philiphaugh

SELKIRK consolidated their top three position in the Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship with a 10-try victory over Haddington at Philiphaugh on Saturday. However, the best piece of news was not the scoreline, but the return to action of two home players.

It is almost two-and-a-half years since Jason Hendrie suffered a serious knee injury (ironically against Haddington 2nds) when making his debut for Selkirk 'A'. Since then the threequarter has shown commendable resilience in battling his way back to fitness through surgery and rehab, before coming on as a 60th minute replacement.

The other home player making his comeback on Saturday was wing forward Ryan Crockatt, sidelined so far this season by a troublesome groin injury. He came through the final 10 minutes of the match without suffering any ill-effects, and will hopefully will be able to progress back into the senior squad over the coming weeks.

Ahead 26-10 at halftime, Selkirk's most effective performers were the back row combination of Callum Johnston, Andrew Millar and John Everitt, while Ross Nixon had another rock-solid game at centre.

The home team's tries came from Guy Blair, Nixon, Millar (2), Everitt, Hendrie, Johnston, Jim Ross and Richard Cook. Blair added eight conversions. The game also marked the comeback appearance of New Zealand prop Ben Rawcliffe, who has returned to the UK for a six-month stay.

This Saturday, Selkirk is scheduled to be in action against Biggar 2nds in an Edinburgh-Cup fixture at Hartree Mill.

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.

Referee - A. Ramage.

Ryan Crockatt - made

successful comeback.