Peebles 2nds 5 Selkirk 2nds 8

Late penalty sees Selkirk 2nds home in Hay Lodge Park mudbath

HEAVY underfoot conditions meant Saturday's Border Championship match was always likely to be a low-scoring affair, and so it proved. It took a penalty kick by visiting full-back Guy Blair two minutes from time to finally settle the issue.

Although Selkirk created more scoring chances than Peebles, dogged defending by the home side meant that the halftime score was 5-5 - an early try for Selkirk by industrious young flanker Andrew Millar being cancelled out by a Peebles touchdown.

After the break it was the visitors who began to monopolise possession, with Michael Jaffray and Ross Nixon combining effectively at centre, creating enough space for Craig Hunter to make some exciting touchline breaks.

Skipper Fraser Jack had to call on all his experience as conditions began to deteriorate in the final quarter of the game, but the scrum-half still managed to keep his threequarter line moving at all times.

A draw looked on the cards as no-side approached, until a Peebles infringement at a ruck allowed Guy Blair the chance to kick the match-winning penalty, with the full-back keeping his nerve to send over the winning points.

SELKIRK - G. Blair, B. Cooper, M. Jaffray, R. Nixon, C. Hunter, I. McConnel, F. Jack, E. Robbie, J. Duncan, R. Price, K. Connor, M. Rodgerson, A. Millar, C. Johnston, N. Brown. Replacements - J. Stephens, S. Rodgerson, T. Walling.

Guy Blair - his penalty
clinched Selkirk win.