Dundee High School 52, Selkirk 14

Dundee 'pros' show their class

IT was a non-level playing field at Mayfield - three against one - as Selkirk looked down the basement at the play-offs.
Coach Graham Marshall was told only on Saturday morning that Rob Dewey was to join his Glasgow team-mates, Peter Horne and Peter Murchie as well as Academy player and top-try scorer, James Fleming, in the Dundee side. Clubs, of course, are allowed to play as many pros as possible as long as it is not more than two extra than the opposition - Selkirk, for the first time this season, were given Edinburgh's Steven Turnbull.
"Premier 1 clubs voted for this and we just have to get on with it," said Selkirk Rugby Director, Dennis Henderson.
"Dundee had a big advantage, but there was a time when we had Sean Crombie, Ben Meyer and Simon Cross, but we have only seen Lee Jones twice.
"And we could have done with Steven at the start of the season, not now. But it is still great to have him."
Selkirk were already without the injured Gavin Craig, Rory Aglen, Ross Armstrong and Andrew (Jock) Renwick to add to their lengthening injury list and did well to hold out for the first 18 minutes. But with three pros in the back-line, Dundee swept the opposition aside as quickly as the fast-flowing River Tay. Full back and captain, Fraser Harkness, scored both tries, converted by David Cassidy, deputising at No. 10 for the injured Craig. The Dundee tries came from Richie Hawkins (3), Murchie, Rick McKenna, Simon Forest, Danny Levison and Fleming with Horne converting two.
So not a good day at the office for coaches and players - but then a 3-1 advantage against an injury-strewn side left the Souters wide open.
Too late to object now - and no fault of Dundee coach, Ian Rankin. But it would be interesting to see how the pro allocation balances out at the end of the season.

Selkirk: F. Harkness; N. Godsmark, R. Nixon, A. Lyall, D. Clapperton; D. Cassidy, M. McVie; G. Patterson, M. Martin, R. Taylor, S. Turnbull, S. Willett, N. Darling, C. Johnston, C. Marshall. Subs: M. Davis, Ryan Godsmark, J. Everitt, M. Weller, S. Forrest.