WATSONIANS 19 SELKIRK 18

Before the start of their pre-match warm up one of the Selkirk players said "we need our best game today". It is not possible to judge if this heartfelt aspiration was met but the game that they did play deserved a better reward than a losing bonus point.

Selkirk played with enterprise and variation in attack and defended positively whether that was in the form of hard tackling, chasing loose balls or harrying Watsonian ball carriers, both actual and potential. The last mentioned, for much of the match, stopped the home backs from handling with their accustomed fluency.

In attack there was a sensible mixture of forward engagement, running, passing and kicking. What's more, grubber, diagonal and up and under kicks were all used to good effect. Evidence that, perhaps, refutes a recent suggestion that there is little variation in the types of kick used in the game in Scotland.

Centre David Cassidy opened the scoring for Selkirk with a forty-five metre penalty after eight minutes. This lead was extended ten minutes later when Scott Hendrie ran sixty metres for a try after a Watsonian back movement had been disrupted.

Good handling, after a quickly taken penalty, created a numerical advantage for the attacking Watsonians over the defending Soutars, thus enabling left wing Craig Sorbie to score a try under the posts. Home full back Jamie Forbes added the extras and a second lengthy penalty by Cassidy gave Selkirk a four point advantage at the break.

Ten minutes after the interval Hendrie scored his second try after chasing an astute grub kick by Gavin Craig into the left corner and Cassidy kicked the conversion from close to the touchline.

Eight minutes later Sorbie's second try for 'Sonians, resulting from good recycling of the ball, closed the gap but Selkirk's covering ensured that the scorer could only dot down five metres in from touch.

In the last ten minutes Selkirk's effort all over the pitch began to show in tired legs as they defended the attacks which the home side were increasingly mounting. They appeared to be hanging on but when a thrust down the middle created an opening for replacement Grant Somerville to score a try Watsonians benefited from the referee's decision that the final pass had been legitimate. The conversion from in front of the posts by Forbes inflicted a sore blow and when Cassidy narrowly failed to kick either of two huge late penalty attempts the wound was not healed.


SELKIRK: C. Beattie; S. Hendrie, D. Cassidy, R. Nixon, D. Clapperton; G. Craig, M. McVie; G. Patterson, M. Martin, R. Taylor, R. Aglen, S. Willett, R. Crockett, A. Renwick & N. Darling.
Replacements: S. Forrest, M. Weller, C. Marshall & N. Godsmark

Referee: F. Balharry (SRU)