Selkirk 2nds 38, Stirling Co. 3rds 13

Sterling show by Selkirk 2nds in high-scoring friendly

WITH Earlston unable to fulfil Saturday's friendly fixture at Philiphaugh, Selkirk 2nds were grateful that Stirling County 3rds accepted their invitation for a pre-Christmas trip to the Borders.

Although the home side always had the upper hand in the contest, full marks must go to the visitors for staying competitive right to the end, and the Bridgehaugh men were rewarded with a well worked try in the closing seconds of the fixture.

Centre Ross Nixon emerged as one of Selkirk's key performers, his attacking runs and rock-solid defence inspiring the home threequarters to a five-star display, with skipper Fraser Jack once again proving the Souters' lynchpin.

Player-coach Ewen Robbie scored the game's first try after Ray Price had been held up over the line, with Jamie Lyall adding the conversion - his first points for Selkirk since joining from the Youth Club.

A clever back row move then allowed flanker Andrew Millar to run in for a try from the 22 line, before Robbie grabbed his second touchdown after a short burst down the blind side. Just before halftime Michael Jaffray broke clear before giving a scoring pass to Neil Brown, making the interval score 26-3 to the home team.

Tries by Jaffray and Millar (his second) after the break kept Selkirk in the driving seat, and Lyall finished with a total of four conversions to bring the curtain down on a satisfying 80 minutes of rugby.

SELKIRK - J. Ross, T. Walling, N. Brown, R. Nixon, J. Lyall, M. Jaffray, F. Jack, J. Stephens, E. Robbie, R. Price, K. Connor, M. Rodgerson, S. Rodgerson, A. Millar, C. Johnston. Replacements: S. Renwick, R. Jaffray, J. Duncan, G. MacDougall, S. Jack.

Ewen Robbie - brace
of tries for Selkirk.