Selkirk 12, Boroughmuir 34

BRAVERY will count for nothing after a disappointing defeat at Philiphaugh.

Selkirk Standoff Gavin Craig makes an early break

The club does not have the financial clout to draw top players, and the mainly home-grown squad were left chasing tails as the Boroughmuir staked their championship claim.
They lost six tries, failed to take advantage when Boroughmuir were down to 14 men with Ally Warnock in the sin bin and coach Graham Marshall admitted: "It will not get any easier this season."
And West on the road is next up for the Souters, who will need to pick up the pieces.
It looked promising at the interval for Selkirk, who trailed only 12-17 - and Boroughmuir down to 14 men with Warnock yellow-carded for killing the ball.
However, they were unable to match the clinical finishing and pace of the visitors, who ended up with six tries.
"We knew that it would be hard and that every game would be difficult, but we have to pick ourselves up for the rest of the season," Marshall added.
So not a good day for the Souters. They were outplayed and outmuscled by Boroughmuir. The argument that Borders clubs do not have the financial clout to bring in top men is of little consolation. Result on the field count.
Sean Crombie, Ally Davidson and Warnock, despite his indiscretion and converting only two tries and missing a penalty, were key personnel for a Boroughmuir side that could be a major force in the title challenge.
They not only ran the ball well, but also battled well against a competitive Selkirk side, which could not match the physical presence of the visitors.
"I thought that we played well in the first half, and I was happy with that performance, but the physicality of the opposition proved conclusive as our boys tired," added Marshall.
He and Rodney Pow did their best to inspire the players and the heads are not down after only one game. Selkirk have to be content with the debuts of Matt Weller and Connor Patton, while there was no doubting their battling qualities. However, they were simply too often overcome by the dominating presence of the opposition.
Fraser Harkness made his usual surges to break the defence, but he was well marshalled and it was Gavin Craig who looked the most likely to score.
The power of the Boroughmuir pack was impressive with two early scores from Neil Rodgers and Greig Scott being driven over and Jamie Doubleday notching the first of his double.
David Cassidy kept his side in the hunt with four first-half penalties and Scott Hendrie just failed to gather the centre's crossfield pass on the stroke of half-time.
Selkirk failed to make their extra man count after the break with Warnock in the sinbin, and as so often happens, Boroughmuir gained momentum and rattled in two tries in six minutes through Doubleday and Ross Samson.
And when Stevie Wilson completed a great handling move with a superb score, Selkirk had to admit that they were second best on the day.

David Cassidy scored all Selkirk's points

Greig Scott can't eveade thetackle of Selkirk's Kieran Beattie

Selkirk: F. Harkness; S. Hendrie, D. Cassidy, R. Armstrong, C. Beattie; G. Craig, M. McVie; G. Patterson, S. Forrest, M. Weller, A. Renwick, S. Willett, N. Darling, C. Patton, R. Crockatt. Subs: I. Walling, M. Murray, C. Marshall, C. Beattie, R. Godsmark.

Boroughmuir: S. Ruddick; T. Bury, M. Clapperton, S. Wilson, J. Webster; A. Warnock, S. Johnson; N. Fraser, S. Crombie, F. Lait, G. Scott, A. Davidson, J. Doubleday, N. Rodger, D. O'Riordan. Subs: C. McIntosh, R. Hislop, J. Hare, R. Neill, R. Samson.