Wright wants Selkirk to stay
SELKIRK are clinging on to Premiership 1 survival
in the play-offs after what is believed to be its biggest ever drubbing. The Souters face seven games, starting
next month, to retain a presence at the top table, but the players' confidence will not be high after this defeat.
However, they do have an ally in Hawks coach, Peter Wright. "We want them to survive because they play rugby,"
he said. But the result, without a single score, will put the coaches, Graham Marshall and Rodney Pow, and the
players under extreme pressure. For in the play-offs, they will face a revitalised Gala, Edinburgh Accies and Aberdeen
Grammar with Peebles, Falkirk and Hillhead/Jordanhill in contention for the final spot.
"We knew this might happen and we have to get on with it," said Rugby Director Dennis Henderson. Selkirk
were not help with yellow cards to Callum Marshall (first half) and Callum Johnston (second), but that would not
have changed the result. Neither did the inclusion of Edinburgh pro Lee Jones at centre and the return of Scott
Hendrie, who was injured in the opening game of the season against Boroughmuir. One of the men who made the difference
for Hawks was Jones' Commonwealth Games team-mate, Mike Adamson, who helped his side to a 54-0 lead at half-time.
So it could have been worse - 100 points - but Selkirk just managed to salvage a little pride.
Hawks' 13 try-scorers were Joffy White (3), Craig Gossman (3), Kris Hamilton (2), Dean Kelbrick (2), Kerr Gossman,
Ross Miller, Robbie Hair and John Grant. Adamson converted 11 of the scores.
There was just no
way through the Hawks defence as the Glasgow side just fall short of the century in Selkirk's heaviest defeat
EVER. (Photos Grant Kinghorn)
Selkirk: F. Harkness; S. Hendrie, L. Jones, R.
Nixon and D. Clapperton; D. Cassidy, M. McVie; G. Patterson, M. Martin, M. Weller, S. Willett, C. Patton, N. Darling,
R. Godsmark, C. Marshall. Subs: N. Godsmark, C. Johnston, S. Forrest, R. Taylor, E. Macdougall.