Peebles 2nds 7, Selkirk 'A' 19

Selkirk 'A' remain in play-offs picture after gutsy win at Peebles

UP against the biggest pack in the Border Farm Supplies Championship, the Selkirk 'A' players demonstrated their mettle by staying on the front foot against Peebles 2nds on Saturday, eventually securing a hard-fought victory.

No-one did more for the visitors' cause than centre Alistair Lyall and back row forward Andrew Renwick, both of whom turned in five-star displays. Lyall ran a series of clever angles to set up attacking platforms for his forwards, while Renwick's speed about the pitch and direct running with ball in hand kept the home defences at full stretch.

Peebles made the better start, and following some slack handling out of defence by Selkirk, a home player pounced on a loose ball to score the first try of the afternoon, which was converted, to put Peebles 7-0 ahead.

Before the interval Michael Rutherford, now back to full fitness, landed two penalties for the visitors, cutting the deficit to 7-6. This is how the scoreline remained at the halftime whistle.

Following the break Selkirk's players began to grow in confidence, and after 10 minutes wing Jim Ross finished off a slick handling move to go over for a try near the corner. Midway through the half it was opposite wing Neil Brown's turn to get on the score sheet with the visitors' second try.

"I was pleased by the boys' commitment today," Selkirk coach Ewen Robbie said after the match, "and they all stuck in well. We've got a big game at Melrose next week, so I'll be looking for the same level of intensity. Making the play-offs remains our goal, and I'm sure we've the players capable of achieving that."

SELKIRK - G. Blair, J. Ross, A. Lyall, A. Dickson, N. Brown, M. Rutherford, D. Scott, F. Jack, A. McDowall, R. Price, S. Renwick, S. McDonald, C. Marshall, A. Renwick, A. Millar, J. Everitt. Replacements: M. Robertson, D. Scott, S. Rodgerson, K. Connor, B. Purves, S. Tough, C. MacDougall.

Referee - C. Reavely (Gala YM).

Alistair Lyall - fine
game for Selkirk.