Selkirk 'A' 20, Glasgow Hawks 2nds 12

SELKIRK 'A' FULFILS PROMISE OF EARLY ENCOUNTERS TO RECORD FIRST NATIONAL 1 VICTORY

GREAT SCOTT. Scott McDonald rises high to win line-out possession for Selkirk 'A' on Saturday.

ON TARGET. Selkirk 'A' goal-kicker Callum McColm was in fine form against Hawks 2nds. (Photos: Grant Kinghorn)

SELKIRK 'A's players broke their RBS Reserve League National 1 duck in emphatic style on Saturday, outgunning Glasgow Hawks thanks to a rock-solid, all-round display on the Burnmill pitch.
"We knew this was coming," Selkirk's team manager/coach Tom Ramage said after the game, "as the boys have worked incredibly hard over the past few weeks. The players have taken a while to get accustomed to the faster pace and higher standard of National 1, but today they found their feet. It's now up to everybody to keep working hard so we can start moving up the table."
At the heart of the Souters' victory lay a much improved scrummaging performance, allied to some outstanding support play in the threequarters. No-one epitomised the home side's 'can-do' attitude more than utility threequarter Callum McColm, whose accurate goal-kicking helped steady the Selkirk ship, and who effortlessly switched from wing to stand-off after the break.
Nevertheless it was the visitors who made the brighter start, an unconverted try after six minutes putting them 5-0 up. The home team hit back almost immediately, an attacking move involving Andrew Given, Alistair Lyall and Harry Aynsley culminating in a try for McColm, who sidestepped his way under the posts.
McColm followed up his successful conversion with a penalty midway through the half, giving Selkirk a 10-5 halftime lead.
Despite sustaining a broken nose when making a tackle earlier in the match, home wing-forward Matt Robertson stayed on the pitch and was rewarded with a try in the second half, converted by McColm.
Although Hawks scored a converted try to cut the deficit, a long-range McColm penalty kept the Philiphaugh side two scores ahead, and this was the way it stayed until the final whistle.
In a fine team performance, prop Michael Waldron and hooker James Bett had one of their best games in a Selkirk jersey, with lock Sean Nixon again showing up well. Behind the scrum, centre Andrew Given grows in confidence with each passing game, consistently carrying ball over the gain line, and forming a productive partnership with fellow centre Ali Lyall.
SELKIRK - S. Bell, C. McColm, A. Given, A. Lyall, H. Aynsley, C. MacDougall, M. Davies, M. Waldron, J. Bett, S. Renwick, R. Wilson, S. Nixon, S. McDonald, M. Robertson, J. Everitt. Reps: R. Henderson, B. Reid, J. Turnbull.
*For the first time in their five-year history, Selkirk Stormers were unable to raise a team for Saturday's RBS Reserve League East 1 fixture against Kelso 'A' at Poynder Park. The game will now be played at a later date.