Haddington 2nds 25 Selkirk "A" XV 19

(Saturday 13th September)

RESOLUTE SOUTERS RUN HADDINGTON CLOSE IN A THRILLER

Haddington 2nds looked to maintain their unbeaten start to the Border Farmfeeds Border Championship season against a resolute Selkirk "A" team weakened by wedding absentees.
Selkirk showed straight away that they wanted to play a fast open game and spurned an early opportunity with a clear overlap. Haddington opened the scoring with a penalty goal from the boot of Lance Robinson. However, Selkirk struck back on the half hour mark with a line-out drive and Steven Renwick got the touchdown. Darren Scott's conversion took Selkirk to a 7-3 lead which they held until the stroke of half time when Robinson narrowed the gap to a solitary point.
Haddington started the second half briskly but were taken aback when Selkirk broke from their own 22 and scored a great try by John Everitt. The Haddington forwards gained the upper hand and quality ball eventually resulted in a fine try by full-back Elgin Miller. Robinson brought out full points to put Haddington back into the lead. Haddington's next try was a carbon copy of the first and Donald Snodgrass celebrated his return from injury with the touchdown. Ross King converted to stretch the home team's lead to 20-12. However, Selkirk fought back bravely and Chris Davies scored a try, converted by Darren Scott, making the Souters only a point adrift at 20-19. Haddington had the last say, however, when their pack rumbled over after a series of drives close to the line. Craig Adam claimed the score and the final score of 25-19 reflected a highly entertaining match played by two enterprising teams. Young Matt Robertson played soundly for Selkirk and this was the first time that brothers Steven and Andrew Renwick had played in the same Selkirk team.