Selkirk ‘A’ 66, Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds 3

BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON HELPS KEEP SELKIRK A’S SURVIVAL HOPES VERY MUCH ALIVE

LEFT - Selkirk lock Kris Mitchell dives over the line for a try in Selkirk A’s convincing 66-3 victory over Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds in Saturday’s RBS Reserve League National 1 fixture at Philiphaugh. RIGHT – Kieran Monks takes on opposite number Jonathon Henry.

LEFT – Alistair Lyall makes a break, watched by team-mates Matt Robertson and Robert Cook. RIGHT – Selkirk full-back Scott Bell splits the Stewart’s/Melville defence to score his team’s third try.

LEFT – Selkirk fly-half Michael Rutherford looks for support, with Fraser Orr, Matt Robertson and Michael Waldron ready to oblige. RIGHT – With seven visiting players looking on, Michael Waldron bursts over for another home try. [Photos: Grant Kinghorn]

BATTLING to preserve their RBS Reserve League National 1 status, Selkirk A’s players showed commendable purpose and no little flair in putting Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds to the sword at Philiphaugh on Saturday.
Ahead 31-3 at halftime, the Souters went on to score nine tries in total, which proved too much for a Colleges side whose players never let their heads drop as the scoreboard ticked inexorably higher.
Once again Selkirk fly-half Michael Rutherford gave a faultless goal-kicking display, converting every single try and adding a penalty for good measure. He has now scored 56 points in his last four games for the Souters.
It took the home side just three minutes to open their account. Matt Robertson and Michael Waldron made ground up the middle of the field, before the ball was switched blind to Andre Given. The centre drew the final defender in textbook fashion to send wing Harry Aynsley over in the right-hand corner for his fourth try of the season.
Matt Robertson was also at the heart of Selkirk’s try two minutes later. The livewire flanker hacked a loose ball towards the visitors’ line, and after a handful of phases Michael Rutherford spun out of a tackle to release Michael Waldron, who crashed over between the posts.
With Robertson temporarily off the field having a nose injury seen to (his place being taken by Willie McClymont), Stewart’s/Melville managed to cut the deficit from a Steven Parker penalty.
It wasn’t long before Selkirk increased their lead, with full-back Scott Bell spotting a gap in the visitors’ midfield to hold his line and sprint home for a try from 30 metres. Rutherford converted and added a 24th minute penalty to put the home side 21-3 ahead.
At this stage Stewart’s/Melville lost one of their back row players with a leg injury, and soon afterwards Selkirk notched their bonus point try through scrum-half Mikey Davies. Matt Robertson (who else!) won turnover ball just outside his own 22, and Kieran Monks made good ground down the left touchline to lay the foundations for Davies’ try.
With Sean Nixon, Fraser Orr and Kris Mitchell excelling in the loose, and the whole Selkirk team supporting each other at every turn, the home team continued to call the shots after the interval, tries coming at regular intervals from Craig MacDougall, Matt Robertson, Kris Mitchell, Ben Purves and Nik Wielbo. Rutherford converted each one to maintain his 100 per cent goal-kicking record, so bringing the curtain down on a win that will give the Selkirk ‘A’ coaches and players added confidence as they enter the National 1 home straight.

SELKIRK – S. Bell, H. Aynsley, A. Given, A. Lyall, K. Monks, M. Rutherford, M. Davies, C. Henderson, R. Wilson, M. Waldron, K. Mitchell, F. Orr, M. Robertson, R. Cook, S. Nixon. Reps – C. MacDougall, B. Purves, B. Wilkinson, N. Wielbo, J. Stephen, C. Fairbairn, W. McClymont.

Referee – Andy Edgar (St Boswells).