Selkirk Stormers 3, Melrose 2nds 86

STORMERS' LACK OF FITNESS TAKES ITS TOLL AFTER ENCOURAGING START


Stormers scrum-half Ben Purves retrieves the ball from a ruck against Melrose 2nds on Saturday, watched by Peter Forrest. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

DESPITE the one-sided scoreline, Selkirk Stormers can take several positives from Saturday's cup defeat at the hands of Melrose 2nds.
For a start this was a contest between a 2nd XV and a 3rd XV. It says a great deal about the Selkirk Stormers set-up that in the four seasons of the team's existence, Stormers have never once called off a match because of a lack of players - on Saturday, Melrose Knights were unable to raise a team to play Selkirk 'A'.
Stormers went 3-0 ahead from a Dan Pringle penalty, and held this lead for 20 minutes. However, the lack of match fitness amongst the majority of the home side played a huge part, and at halftime Melrose were ahead 29-3.

Melrose 2nds were a class side and controlled the game completely in the second half to run in a hatful of tries. As Selkirk became even more tired, the only replacements to bring on were old campaigners Cammy Cochrane, Jim Ross, Neil Purves, Duncan Lawson and Donny Mackenzie - all pf whom did what was asked of them.

STORMERS: R. Kelly, T. Walling, B. Wilkinson, D. McFadzen, B. Amos, D. Pringle, B. Purves, C. Henderson, S. Rodgerson, J. Stephen, C. Fairbairn, P. Forrest, Rbt Cook, C. Orr, D. Purves.