Kelso 'A' 57, Selkirk Stormers 7

Conceding early tries in each half makes life difficult for Stormers at Kelso

THE Stormers made a shaky start to Saturday's Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture at Kelso, leaking three tries in the opening 15 minutes - one from a scrum pushover and the other two stemming from defensive errors in the Selkirk back division.

Despite these setbacks, the visitors didn't let their heads drop and put the Tweedsiders under a lot of pressure, although yet again they were unable to turn pressure into points. The halftime whistle saw Kelso 31-0 ahead, although this did not fully reflect the effort put in by the Stormers' players.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with the visitors conceding a couple of simple scores early on. Once again Selkirk recovered their poise but couldn't get across the home try line.

Kelso scored another two tries late on in the game, but Selkirk eventually hit back with a gem of a try from Craig Monks, who took a crash ball from player-coach Marcus Barnett following a scrum pick-up near the Kelso line. This was no more than the visitors deserved, and should give the players heart for this Saturday's game against Jed-Forest 'A' at Philiphaugh.

STORMERS - C. Monks, M. Cockburn, M. Robertson, J. Graham, M. Hislop, C. Ward, S. Tough, C. Wildig, S. Rodgerson, C. Henderson, C. Fairbairn, M. Dogan, W. McClymont, D. Purves, R. McGregor. Replacements: K. Reid, M Barnett, K. Lamont.