Kelso 2nds 17, Selkirk 2nds 16

Selkirk's three-match winning streak brought to an end by Tweedsiders' late try

DESPITE having the upper hand for long periods of Saturday's Border Farm Supplies Championship match, Selkirk 'A' eventually had to give second best to their Kelso rivals, whose late score denied the visitors their fourth successive league victory.

Selkirk took the lead through a penalty goal from the boot of fly-half Michael Rutherford, but this was cancelled out by a successful Kelso penalty soon afterwards. With halftime approaching, Kelso's full-back joined the line to crash over in the corner for a try, which was converted, giving the home side a 10-3 interval lead.

To their credit Selkirk's players went on the attack straight from the restart, and following a powerful break by Neil Brown down the left flank, opposite wing Jim Ross appeared in support to score a well worked try.

Michael Rutherford added the conversion, before kicking a further two penalties to take the visitors into a 16-10 lead. With time running out, Kelso's forwards launched a determined drive from a line-out close to the Selkirk try line, and a score was awarded. This late try was converted, inflicting a narrow defeat on the Souters, with only a losing bonus point as consolation.

SELKIRK - G. Blair, N. Brown, A. Lyall, J. Hendrie, J. Ross, M. Rutherford, F. Jack, R. Price, S. Rodgerson, S. Renwick, A. Renwick, C. Marshall, D. Purves, S. McDonald, M. Robertson. Replacements: D. Scott, R. Cook, C. Davies, B. Reid, B. Purves, S. Tough, Chris Johnston.