Glasgow Hawks 37, Selkirk 21

No stopping Glasgow Hawks on home turf, as Selkirk turn attention to Currie fixture

DESPITE finishing strongly with two tries in the closing five minutes, Selkirk didn't possess the necessary firepower to clip Hawks' wings in Saturday's rearranged Premier One fixture at Old Anniesland. A lack of discipline and errors at crucial moments in the contest didn't help the visitors' cause, although the Souters never lacked commitment against the heavier city side.

Playing with the wind at their backs in the first half, Selkirk made the early running following good breaks by Fraser Harkness and Lee Jones, and took the lead in the 14th minute when Scott Hendrie kicked a penalty after Hawks had been penalised for handling in the ruck.

For the next five minutes Selkirk were forced into desperate defence on their own line, and Hawks number eight Grant Strang made the breakthrough with a try near the posts following a series of five-metre scrums. Glasgow Warriors' newly signed pro. player Duncan Weir added the conversion.

The visitors replied with a stirring passage of attacking rugby involving Gavin Craig, Scott Hendrie, Darren Clapperton, Rob Taylor and David Gray, and when Hawks were penalised for not releasing, Hendrie kicked his second penalty to cut the deficit to 7-6.

Just before halftime Rory Aglen was yellow-carded for tackling an opponent within 10 metres of a penalty award, and the home team quickly took advantage of the visitors' reduced numbers. Minutes later Duncan Weir burst through two tackles in midfield to run 40 metres and score a try in the left-hand corner, making the halftime score 15-6 to Hawks.

Early in the second period Hawks were lucky not to have had a player sin-binned when Gavin Craig was deliberately tripped inside his own 22, and salt was rubbed into the visitors' wounds when a missed touch kick from the resultant penalty fell to Hawks wing Robbie Hair, who raced 30 metres to score in the right-hand cornier.

Although Scott Hendrie kicked a third penalty to pull the score back to 20-9, two more tries by Hair, both converted by Weir, put the result beyond doubt. Ironically Selkirk then played their best rugby of the afternoon, some superb support play and handling resulting in tries for Jon Smyth (his first for the club) and Fraser Harkness, both converted by Scott Hendrie, making the final score 37-21.

A special mentions goes to John Everitt for competing so well in his first Premier One outing for the club, while Callum Johnston injected pace and passion in his comeback game after injury and Simon Willet continues to raise the bar with each appearance.

SELKIRK - F. Harkness, D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, L. Jones, G. Craig, M. McVie, G. Patterson, D. Grieve, R. Taylor, J. Smyth, S. Willet, R. Aglen, D. Gray, S. Tomlinson. Replacements: C. Beattie, S. Forrest, S. Renwick, J. Everitt, C. Johnston.

Referee - R. McHenry.