Selkirk Stormers 59, Livingston 2nds 15

Another Stormer

DESPITE a few late changes, Selkirk Stormers secured their second win in Reserve League East 2 to move into second place in the table.
With the crowd being swelled due to the late start of the 1sts game and the sun shining, the Stormers turned on the style to display a brand of open handling rugby, which split the visitors defence open at will. Ben Purves made a telling break down the left wing following a great turnover won by Robert Cook, and he used his supporting runners to put Doug Swinbanks in for the opening try. Chris Shand slotted the conversion. The forwards then took things into their own hands and showed they are also capable of mixing it up in the tight and drove over the line with Willie McLymont coming out with the ball for his first try for the Stormers. Shand kicked the conversion.
With the forwards producing good quality ball, the backs were in devastating form and Purves and Swinbanks showed how to finish the good play off with three tries, two for Swinbanks and one for Purves. Shand converted two. Livingston crossed over for a try to add to their earlier penalty before half-time.
Several changes in personnel and positional changes seemed to slow the scoring up in the second half and the Stormers were unable to maintain the high standards.
Fraser Jack made a telling break from inside his own half going all the way to the try line to open the scoring, the conversion being missed from wide out. Stormers were unable to score from clean breaks through the middle of the field, Tom Swan being caught two yards from the line, Willie McLymont's break losing his support runners and Peter Forrest also unable to make the try line.
It was only a matter of time though and Swan and David Purves crossed over for tries, both converted by the reliable boot of Shand.
Livingston seemed to find a second wind and drove over to score a consolation try, which was well converted from wide out.
Swinbanks scored the final and his fourth try converted by Shand.
There were several strong contenders for the man-of-the-match award which was made to Scott Tough for his work at scrum half linking the forwards and backs and keeping the team on the front foot.

Stormers: B Purves; B Mercer, R Henderson, D Swinbanks, R Cook; C Shand, S Tough; C Henderson (capt.), S Rogerson, C Fairbairn, C Ward, B Amos, D Purves, W McLymont, R McGregor. Subs: S Renwick, P Forrest, J Everitt, S Edgecombe, T Swan, F Jack.