Selkirk 'A' 78, Berwick 2nds 14

Try time at Philiphaugh as Selkirk 'A' continue to climb up league table

SCORING a total of 12 tries, Selkirk 'A' proved much too strong for their Berwick opponents in Saturday's Border Farm Supplies Border Championship match at Philiphaugh. Fly-half Michael Rutherford in particular had a field day, scoring a try and kicking seven conversions for a personal haul of 19 points.

To their credit the visitors were never less than committed throughout the 80 minutes, their efforts being rewarded by a brace of converted tries late in the second half.

With plenty of competition for places in the Selkirk 'A' team at the present time, several players took the opportunity on Saturday to stake a claim for regular spots in the side's starting line-up. Blindside wing-forward Scott McDonald turned in an impressive shift both in attack and defence, while behind the scrum Ross Nixon had another solid game in his new position of full-back.

Selkirk's full list of try scorers was as follows - Callum Marshall (2), Craig MacDougall (2), Jim Ross, Jason Hendrie (2), Michael Rutherford, Ray Price, Darren Scott, Ross Nixon and Chris Davies.

Rutherford - who was Selkirk's captain on the day - kicked seven conversions while Darren Scott landed two. Making their first starts of the season for Selkirk were Chris Johnston and Bruce Anderson - both welcome additions to the playing squad.

Saturday's victory helps push Selkirk up into fourth spot in the league, and will give the young Souters every incentive to make it three wins in a row when they take on Peebles 2nds under the Philiphaugh floodlights this Friday night.

SELKIRK - R. Nixon, J. Ross, A. Lyall, C. MacDougall, J. Hendrie, M. Rutherford, S. Tough, R. Price, S. Rodgerson, S. Renwick, C. Marshall, D. Purves, S. McDonald, M. Robertson, D. Gray. Replacements: D. Scott, C. Davies, Chris Johnston, R. Henderson, B. Purves, B. Anderson.

Referee - Paul Lindsay (Walkerburn).

Michael Rutherford - scored
personal haul of 19 points.