Peebles 2nds 65, Selkirk Stormers 0

All hands to the pumps as Stormers try to weather the selection storm


THE Stormers found themselves between a rock and a hard place against Peebles 2nds in Saturday's Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture at The Gytes.

Player shortages meant that the visitors' starting line-up was selected from 13 forwards and just two backs, which meant half the team were playing out of position. Even so, it says a lot for the enthusiasm of the Stormers' coaches, back room staff and players that the Philiphaugh team maintained its 100 per cent record of fielding a team every Saturday - no mean feat.

The Stormers' best performer, before he went off injured after 25 minutes, was Blair Amos, who put in some great tackles from his position on the wing. Matthew Robertson worked up a head of steam in the centre, while Rob McGregor again showed up well at number eight.

The team as a whole stuck in gamely, conceding six tries in the first half and only five in the second. Two new recruits made their Stormers debuts on the day: Chris Wilding and Chris Fairbairn, both of whom put in some hard yards.

Score at half-time 38-0, score at full-time 65-0.

STORMERS - C. Monks, B. Amos, M. Robertson, D. Mackenzie, M. Dogan, C. Bruce, B. Anderson, C. Henderson, S. Rodgerson, C. Wilding, C. Ward, C. Fairbairn, Richard Cook, W. McClymont, R. McGregor. Replacement: Robert Cook.