Portobello 2nds 17, Selkirk Stormers 18


DESPITE only just managing to raise a team for Saturday’s league game against Portobello 2nds at Cavalry Park, Stormers’ players dug deep to clinch a superb victory. The win lifts them to equal fifth position in RBS Reserve League East Pod ‘A’ alongside Haddington 2nds (the Philiphaugh team’s opponents at Neilson Park thisweekend).

Stormers’ coach Neil Wood, manager Donny Mackenzie and Selkirk RFC treasurer Bruce ‘Jeep’ Armstrong were all pressed into service for Saturday’s match, and all three veterans played their part in a battling team performance.

The home side struck first with an early try, but Stormers’ skipper-for-the- day Mackenzie replied in kind midway through the half, and Daniel Pringle added the conversion to make the interval score 7-5 to the visitors.

After the break Selkirk increased their lead thanks to two Pringle penalties, then following a long-range counter-attack Richard Cook crossed for an excellent try to put Stormers 18-5 ahead.

With the visitors beginning to tire, and with no replacements to call on, Portobello took full advantage to score two tries in the final quarter (one converted) to get within a point of Stormers’ total.

In the game’s final 10 minutes Selkirk’s players defended as if their lives depended on it, with the visiting backs tackling everything that moved and the Stormers’ pack counter-rucking to telling effect.

Stormers’ man of the match was centre Gary Lyall, but the whole team deserves credit for standing up to be counted when the chips were down.

STORMERS – B. Anderson, D. Pringle, S. Farrell, G. Lyall, S. Shand, B. Armstrong, B. Purves, G. Henderson, Robt Cook, C. Fairbairn, D. Mackenzie, N. Wood, Rich. Cook, W. McClymont, C. Ward.

Gary Lyall – named Stormers’

Man of the Match.