Biggar 2nds 5, Selkirk ‘A’ 34


ON THE UP! Selkirk’s jubilant coaches and players pose for a team photo at Hartree Mill following Saturday’s impressive 34-5 victory over Biggar 2nds.

SELKIRK clinched promotion to RBS Reserve League National 1 in emphatic style at Hartree Mill on Saturday, overcoming a rugged Biggar 2nds side to register their 11th bonus point victory of the season.
The Selkirk coaching team of Tam Ramage, Michael Jaffray and Iain Paxton deserve huge credit for instilling confidence and self-belief into the Selkirk squad, and for insisting on a high work ethic amongst all the players.
“We’ve been able to build on the progress made during the past couple of years,” said Tom Ramage after the final whistle, “and I think winning through the play-offs at the end of last season showed the boys what hard work and commitment can achieve.
“We’ve now got some exciting young players in the side, with more due at Philiphaugh from Selkirk Youth Club in the autumn, so I’m confident we’ll be able to meet the challenge of competing at a higher level next season.”
Selkirk A’s skipper for the past two years, Jason Hendrie, gave a typically solid lead, and both he and brother Scott finished amongst the try scorers. Up front number eight Ewan MacDougall combined well with flankers Matt Robertson and John Everitt, with half-backs Mikey Davies and Rory Banks always in control behind the scrum.
Playing with the gusting wind at their backs, it was Biggar who took the lead in the 10th minute when full-back Willie Steel crashed over for a try near the right-hand corner following a rolling maul on the visitors’ line.
Seven minutes later it was all-square. A clever blindside move saw MacDougall pick up from the base of a scrum and feed Davies, who slipped the ball to Fraser Jack. He in turn released Ciaran Beattie on the right touchline, and the wing needed no second invitation to sprint over for a try wide out.
Five minutes before halftime Beattie added a second try, with Banks slotting a penalty against the wind to put the visitors 13-5 ahead at the break.
There was no way back for Biggar when scrum-half Davies took advantage of a quickly taken tap penalty to touch down under the posts in the 50th minute, and shortly afterwards replacement Scott Hendrie showed what a class player he is by jinking past a clutch of defenders to score.

The visitors’ fifth try was notched by Jason Hendrie, with Banks adding all three second half conversions to set in motion the Selkirk players’ promotion celebrations.

SELKIRK – F. Jack, C. Beattie, A. Lyall, J. Hendrie, C. McColm, R. Banks, M. Davies, B. Reid, J. Bett, N. Weilbo, R. Wilson, C. Ward, J. Everitt, M. Robertson, E. MacDougall. Replacements: C. Shand, S. Hendrie, C. Henderson, K. Reid.

Referee – Nathan Kearns (Edinburgh Society).