Selkirk 2nds 81, Peebles 2nds 3

Selkirk 2nds overwhelm short-handed Peebles

WITH the visitors only arriving with 13 players, Saturday's Roadhead Farm Feeds Border Championship fixture at Philiphaugh was always going to be something of a mismatch, and so it proved.
Ahead 45-3 at halftime, Selkirk tightened the screw further after the break when the club's new Australian player, full-back Ben Cooper, scored a try with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a replacement.
The Darling Downs threequarter, whose mother was born in Selkirk and who still has relatives living in the town, looks a useful acquisition and crossed for a further touchdown before the final whistle.
Selkirk's other try scorers were fellow Aussie fly-half Ian McConnel (2), skipper Fraser Jack (2), Neil Brown, Andrew Millar, Craig Hunter, Chris Kemp (3) and Bruce Armstrong. McConnel added eight conversions.
Ross Nixon and Guy Blair combined well in the centre for the home side, while young flanker Andrew Millar continues to impress - his ball-winning skills and speed to the breakdown setting a benchmark for the home team.
Selkirk will find Melrose 2nds an altogether tougher prospect at the Greenyards this Saturday, but can take heart from a solid all-round display.

SELKIRK - C. Hunter, S. Jack, G. Blair, R. Nixon, P. Cameron, I. McConnell, F. Jack, J. Stephens, J. Duncan, R. Price, K. Connor, S. Renwick, A. Millar, N. Brown, C. Kemp. Replacements - B. Armstrong, G. Fairbairn, M. Rodgerson, B. Cooper, E. Robbie, S. Paton.


Chris Kemp - hat-trick
of tries for Selkirk.

Andrew Millar - try
capped fine display.