Selkirk Stormers 31, Edinburgh Accies 1 17

Souters 'storm' to first win

THE Stormers had 22 players stripped and warming up on the Philiphaugh main pitch eager to secure their first win in the new Reserve league East 2 following their disappointment at having let the win elude them the previous week.
Such was the strength of numbers, that Selkirk also gave Edin Accies two players as they only had 13 - and they won the game
Stormers started very strongly with the wind behind them and Ben Purves and Chris Fairbairn crossed over for a try each, both converted by Chris Shand. Unfortunately Stormers strong running centre John Graham had to leave the field with a suspected broken arm and was replaced by Paul Smith.
When play resumed, Stormers carried on where they left off and scored another two tries through Alistair Turnbull and Purves, one being converted by Shand. Stormers took the foot of the gas and allowed the opposition to get back into the game with two tries, one converted, before half time.
Several substitutions were made to try and revitalise the Stormers attack but they struggled to battle against the strong wind and a spirited Accies side who never gave up.
Fifteen minutes from the end, Purves went over for his hat-trick and Accies finished off with a try.
There were a number of strong contenders for the Man-of-the-Match award which went to Alisdair Turnbull for his line-out and work in the loose.

Selkirk: B Purves; R Henderson, B Wilkinson, T Swan, C Shand; S Tough, C Henderson; S Rogerson, C Fairbairn, C Ward, A Turnbull, B Amos, W McLymont, R McGregor. Subs: S Welsh, R Cook, A Lambie, M Dogan, D Purves, B Mercer, P Smith.