Ayr 49, Selkirk 14

 Souters left up in the 'Ayr'
John Rutherford reports from Millbrae

On a perfect day for rugby, Selkirk got off to a good start when David Cassidy slotted three penalties for a 9-0 lead after 20 minutes. It was an encouraging start although at this early stage, the difference in size and physicality was evident and already the Selkirk scrum was under huge pressure.
The team would have been disappointed with some of its defending as Ayr scored three tries in a 15-minute spell to give them a half-time lead of 25-9. But credit must go to Ayr for its ability and willingness to attack from any area of the field.
Selkirk started the second half reasonably well and put together some nice phases of play with half-backs Michael McVie and Gavin Craig varying play. The team was rewarded when Darren Clapperton, back after a three-week lay-off, scored a brilliant individual try, converted by Cassidy.
Suddenly it was 'game on', but within 10 minutes Selkirk were down to 14 men after Matt Martin was yellow-carded and Ayr scored from a line-out drive close to the line.
Although Selkirk continued to take the attack to Ayr, and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions, the players and coaches will have been disappointed with some of the defending to allow the home team to score a further four tries and return to the top of the Premiership.
It does not get any easier for this young Selkirk team as they face Melrose this weekend. However, with a big
home support and a backs-to-the-wall performance, Selkirk may be capable of a surprise.