Stewart's/Melville FP 2nds 45, Selkirk 'A' 20

SELKIRK 'A' FIND THE GOING TOUGH AGAINST PHYSICAL STEWART'S/MELVILLE TEAM



HARD YARDS. Selkirk 'A' skipper John Everitt tries to break free from a home player's tackle in Saturday's match at Inverleith. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

A STRONG and aggressive Stewart's/Melville FP 2nds side proved too tough a nut for Selkirk 'A' to crack in Saturday's RBS Reserve League National 1 fixture at Inverleith.
The city side put the first points on the board after only five minutes through a penalty kick after Selkirk were caught off-side, but the visitors levelled the score thanks to a long-range penalty from Michael Rutherford.
After 18 minutes Selkirk went ahead when Mikey Davies ran in at the corner for a well deserved try, converted by Rutherford. However the home side then scored three converted tries within the space of four minutes to regain the upper hand.
On the stoke of half-time Selkirk were awarded a penalty try after the home side repeatedly infringed at a ruck on their own line, making the interval score Stew/Mell 2nds 24, Selkirk 'A' 17.
The second half started well for the visitors, with Rutherford adding a second penalty kick to cut the deficit to just four points. However, three more tries from the city team killed off Selkirk's challenge and sealed the result.
Selkirk finished the game with 14 players after Steven Renwick was yellow-carded. Best for Selkirk on the day were centres Andrew Given and Craig MacDougall, while the back row of John Everitt, Sean Nixon and Matt Robertson got through a power of work.

SELKIRK - M. Rutherford, H. Aynsley, A. Given, C. MacDougall, L. MacLennan, C. McColm, M. Davies, B. Reid, P. Forrest, S. Renwick, A. Lambie, R. Wilson, S. Nixon, M. Robertson, J. Everitt. Replacements: S. Bell, K. Mitchell, J. Turnbull, C. Henderson.