Selkirk 8 Hawick 25 (Sat. Dec. 29th)



Although it was a much depleted Selkirk team taking the field against a near full strength Hawick side, the young Souters made their Premier 1 neighbours fight all the way for their victory in this "friendly" fixture.
Craig Neish slotted two early penalties to give Hawick an early 6-0 lead and they enjoyed most of the pressure watched by a sizeable holiday crowd. This pressure paid off when Kiwi, Simon Fleetwood forced his way over for a try near the posts which was converted by Neish for a 13-0 lead. The encounter was proving to be a typical Border derby with the opponents having differences of opinion from time to time. However, Gala referee Andrew McMenemy was showing much common sense and opted for having words with the players rather than using yellow cards. Hawick's lead was increased to 18-0 when Nick McTaggart broke from a ruck and showed great strength and pace to score a try despite the attention of the Selkirk defence. This stirred the Souters into action and a sweeping move up field resulted in an excellent try for scrum-half Lee Jones and a half time score line of 18-5 to the "Greens".
The second half saw Selkirk make more a game of it and had Hawick on the ropes for lengthy periods. However, all they could show for their brave efforts was a penalty and a score of 18-8 going into the last ten minutes. The Hawick pack finished in control and the pressure finally told when Bruce Campbell took a quick tap penalty and fed Gary Douglas who crashed over for Hawick's third try, again converted by Craig Neish. This was a good opportunity for Selkirk to get in some match practice before the resumption of league business. However, with nine regulars absent it speaks volumes for the replacements who gave Hawick a hard match.