Kelso 2nds 10, Selkirk 2nds 37

Hunter the hero as Selkirk 2nds pick up bonus point

A SWITCH of venue failed to unsettle Selkirk's players in Saturday's Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship match - visiting full-back Craig Hunter scoring all four of his side's tries to guarantee the Souters an all-important bonus point.

With skipper Scott Tomlinson giving a strong lead from the scrum-half berth, and Keith Connor and Callum Johnston showing up well in the Selkirk pack, it wasn't long before the Tweedsiders found themselves under siege in their own '22'.

A pre-planned threequarters move saw Hunter open the scoring from scrum ball, with Aussie fly-half Ian McConnell adding the conversion. Although Kelso managed to cut the deficit from a penalty, a second try from Hunter before the break (again converted by McConnell), saw the Souters go into halftime 14-3 ahead.

Ten minutes after the break a strong run upfield by Tomlinson laid the groundwork for Hunter's third touchdown, converted by McConnell, who added three penalties over the course of the next 15 minutes to put the visitors firmly in the driving seat.

Kelso then scored a try from a line-out drive to put a better complexion on the scoreline, but in the closing minutes of the match Selkirk re-asserted their authority with a bonus point try.

Michael Jaffray cheekily chipped over the home defence, caught the ball first bounce, and linked with Hunter to secure the long-striding full-back his fourth try of the afternoon. McConnell's conversion brought down the curtain on a good all-round display by the Philiphaugh men.

SELKIRK - C. Hunter, B. Cooper, M. Jaffray, R. Nixon, R. Monks, I. McConnell, S. Tomlinson, R. Price, J. Duncan, J. Stephens, S. Renwick, K. Connor, N. Brown, C. Johnston, C. Kemp. Replacements: J. Ross, M. Rodgerson, S. Rodgerson, D. McFadzen, T. Walling, S. Jack.

Referee - A. Ramage (Gala YM).

Craig Hunter - scored
four tries for Selkirk.