Stewart's Melville 3rds 37, Stormers 14


SELKIRK Stormers struggled on the road again. With five of the previous week's team playing for the seconds. Stormers called upon a few old heads to help their ranks, but they were turned over by a youthful and strong running Stewart's Melville side, which looked to run the ball at every opportunity, seldom taking a kicking option.
It took only four minutes for Stewart's to show their ability to turn broken play into a score with their winger finishing off in the right-hand corner. Ben Purves then made a strong break through the midfield only to be caught near the '22. The Stormers support was a little slow and they were turned over, the opposition running the ball back and showing a clinical ability to finish off with another try.
Stormers created some good pressure and kept possession for long periods of time, but were unable to turn this into points. Chris Fairbairn was unlucky not to be awarded a try when driven over from close range. Then a good handling move through the backs failed at the final pass.
Stewart's fed off turn-over ball and capitalised on some poor tackling to score a further two tries. Fortunately for Stormers, their goal-kicker was not in good form and missed all four conversions.
Stormers' coaches' brought on their subs, fresh from the 2nds game, and this had an immediate effect with Peter Forrest giving the forwards some real direction and power.
Early in the second half, Chris Shand was sin-binned for taking exception to a late tackle and the Stormers had to dig deep to keep the opposition out. Guy Blair stepped into stand off to continue an impressive first game for the Stormers. They did, however, concede a further try during this spell. Late on in the second half. the Stormers again created opportunities with good driving forays by the forwards and Fairbairn, playing his best game this season, drove over for a brace of tries, both converted by Shand.
Stewart's, however, managed a further two tries, converting one.
This was another very open and entertaining game in which the Stormers dominated a lot pf the play, but were unable to capitalise.
This drops the Stormers to fourth in their league.
Edinburgh University are the visitors to Philiphaugh this week and they are expected to provide similar strong running opposition; therefore Stormers will have to be at their best not to drop any further down the league.
Man of the match was Chris Fairbairn for his two tries and strong all -ound game.

Stormers: B Purves; A Scott, G Blair, D Swinbanks, B Mercer; C Shand, S Tough; C Henderson (capt.), S Rogerson, C Fairbairn, C Ward, L Carrick, B Amos, W McLymont, D MacKenzie. Subs: B Reid, P Forrest, R Henderson, C Bruce.