Peebles 2nds 15, Selkirk ‘A’ 41


FIVE second half tries propelled Selkirk ‘A’ to an emphatic victory over Peebles 2nds at Hay Lodge Park in Saturday’s rearranged Borders Cup match.
It was the home side who got on the scoreboard first - Graham Hogarth crossing for a try in the fifth minute. However, Selkirk hit back soon afterwards when hooker Michael Waldron touched down following Mike Davies’ quickly taken tap penalty. Rory Banks converted to put the visitors 8-5 ahead, and this was the way things stood at halftime.
Early in the second period Selkirk prop Nick Weilbo had to retire with a shoulder injury, necessitating the introduction of uncontested scrums. Banks then stretched Selkirk’s lead when he gathered his own kick-ahead to score.
The home side cut the deficit to 15-10 with a well worked try from Ryan McConnell, and with veteran Peebles replacement Njord McIver beginning to rally the home troops, things looked evenly poised.
A breakaway score from Selkirk flanker Matt Robertson then swung the game the visitors’ way, and a period of slick inter-passing between backs and forwards resulted in further tries for Scott Tough, Callum McColm and Kieran Reid. Banks added four second half conversions. The final try of an entertaining fixture was scored by Peebles’ giant overseas lock Pascal Pijper.

SELKIRK – C. McColm, C. Shand, F. Jack, A. Lyall, S. Tough, R. Banks, M. Davies, C. Henderson, M. Waldron, N. Weilbo, R. Wilson, C. Ward, J. Everitt, M. Robertson, E. MacDougall. Replacements: J. Turnbull, D. Scott, S. McDonald, K. Reid.

Referee – Michael Scoular (Hawick).