Haddington 2nds 43, Selkirk Stormers 5

Short-handed Stormers show bags of character against Haddington's heavy mob



Marc Cockburn - scored

Stormers' first try of the season.
DESPITE the scoreline, there were plenty of positives for Selkirk Stormers to take from Saturday's Border Development Cup pool game against Haddington 2nds at Neilson Park.

The first is that the Selkirk club was able to field three teams at the weekend despite having 12 players currently out injured or unavailable. The second is that on Saturday the Stormers were able to notch their first try of the season (through Marc Cockburn), and thirdly it says a great deal about the character of this Stormers side that they never capitulated against a far bigger and heavier Haddington side.

"We arrived with 15 players and no replacements," commented player coach Colin Bruce after the match, "while Haddington had no fewer than sevens subs, who came on to the field whenever a player was getting a bit tired, so you could say they had a bit if an advantage!

"Our boys stuck in really well though, and in fact we were only trailing by 17-5 at halftime. Not surprisingly there were a few tired bodies the longer the game went on, but all credit must go to the Selkirk boys for keeping the Stormers' flag flying. The side is improving each week, and hopefully we'll have a bigger squad once some of the club's injured players return."

In the Haddington clubrooms after the game prop Calvin Henderson was named Stormers' 'man of the match', while back row player Mark Dogan picked up the 'joker' award after his Saturday sleep-in delayed the departure of the team bus.

STORMERS - J. Graham, M. Cockburn, A. Millar, R. Henderson, C. Bruce, R. Banks, S. Tough, C. Henderson, S. Rodgerson, B. Reid, F. Tough, C. Ward, W. McClymont, M. Dogan, D. Purves.