Kelso 2nds 45, Selkirk 'A' 15

Kelso forwards have edge as Selkirk 'A' unable to stamp authority on game




FOLLOWING the team's hard-fought victory over Melrose Knights the previous week, Selkirk 'A' slumped to a heavy defeat against Kelso 2nds at Croft Park on Saturday. After the match coach Ewen Robbie made no bones about his disappointment.

"I didn't feel our players were switched on today, and if you go into a game with the wrong attitude you're always going to struggle. All credit to Kelso, who deserved their victory, and who were proved superior in the contact areas. This is certainly a wake-up call, and Guy and I will be looking for much greater application at training this week."

Disaster struck in the first few minutes of play when South African newcomer Edu Hanekom made a tackle, caught his studs in the turf and had to leave the field with a knee injury. He was replaced by Kieran Reid.

Kelso took an early lead when their Australian stand off broke through and scored a try which he then converted. Darren Scott kicked a penalty midway through the half, but this was followed by another converted Kelso try, making the halftime score 14-3 to Kelso.

Kelso added a further four tries after the break, before Jason Hendrie moved to inside centre with Craig MacDougall switching to the wing. This paid off when MacDougall scored a fine try, converted from the touchline by Darren Scott. A second MacDougall try followed soon afterwards. The final score of the game went to Kelso.

SELKIRK 'A' - F. Jack, J. Hendrie, C. MacDougall, N. Brown, B. Wilkinson, D. Scott, S. Tough, R. Price, P. Forrest, D. Moussa, S. McDonald, K. Connor, E. Hanekom, M. Robertson, J. Everitt. Replacements: S. Nixon, C. Wood, K. Reid, A. Turnbull, G. Blair.