Champagne uncorked as Selkirk
'A' XV defeat RHC 2nds to win East 1 league title
JUST CHAMPION. Selkirk
A's players and coaches show their delight after securing the Reserve League East 1 title by defeating RHC 2nds
at Philiphaugh on Saturday.
SELKIRK clinched the Reserve League East 1 title
at Philiphaugh on Saturday with a convincing 69-0 victory over RHC 2nds. Having finished runners-up in the Borders
District League for the past two years, the Souters made it third time lucky, scoring 11 tries in a five-star display.
Man of the match Guy Blair had more reason than most to celebrate, the 32-year-old former 1st XV captain crossing
for four tries during the afternoon - setting a benchmark his team-mates were only too happy to follow.
The importance of Saturday's fixture created some early signs of nerves amongst the home player. In the fifth minute
Sean Nixon had a score ruled out when he was adjudged to have lost control of the ball when diving over the try
line in the Nissen Hut corner.
However, the all-important breakthrough came soon afterwards when Blair crossed for the first of his quartet of
tries in the opposite corner, quickly followed by a try from veteran prop Martin Murray after a mazy run by Craig
MacDougall saw the powerful centre side-step past five defenders.
A second try by Blair, converted by Rory Banks, stretched Selkirk's lead to 17-0, and on the half-hour mark skipper
Jason Hendrie scored the clinching bonus point try. Two further scores by Fraser Jack and Blair put Selkirk 36-0
ahead at halftime.
A runaway score from 40 metres out by Steven Renwick set the tone for a one-sided second half, with Selkirk's other
tries coming from Blair, David Gray, Ewan MacDougall and Chris Shand. Banks kicked five conversions and Darren
Selkirk now enter the Reserve League play-offs along with four other regional league winners, with promotion to
Reserve National Two the prize awaiting the winners. Their play-off opponents have just been named as Howe of Fife,
with the game scheduled to be played on a neutral ground this Saturday.
Selkirk 'A' skipper Jason Hendrie goes airborne to score one of his side's 11 tries in Saturday's 69-0 win over
RHC 2nds. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)
|FOUR-TRY HERO. Selkirk wing Guy Blair
celebrates scoring four tries in the 'A' XV's match against RHC 2nds on Saturday.
MURRAY IN A HURRY.
Selkirk prop Martin Murray on the charge against RHC, with referee Gary King keeping a watching brief.
SELKIRK - D. Scott, G. Blair, C. MacDougall, A.
Lyall, J. Hendrie, R. Banks, F. Jack, N. Weilbo, M. Martin, M. Murray, S. Nixon, S. Renwick, S. McDonald, M. Robertson,
E. MacDougall. Replacements: B. Reid, D. Gray, C. Shand, D. Swinbanks, R. Crockatt, S. Forrest.
Referee - Gary King (Hawick Trades).