Selkirk Stormers 3, RHC Cougars 2nds 39

STORMERS AGAIN RUN OUT OF STEAM TO LET COUGARS OFF THE LEASH

IT was a familiar story at Philiphaugh on Saturday, where a short-handed Selkirk Stormers side showed no end of resilience against visitors RHC Cougars, but were once again let down by a lack of basic fitness in the closing quarter of the match.
Man of the match Daniel Pringle scored the Stormers only points of the contest from a penalty, with the home team still very much in contention at halftime when the scoreline was 12-3 to the visitors.
Stormers' cause hadn't been helped by no fewer than five call-offs on Saturday morning, although player-coach Donny Mackenzie - who played the full 80 minutes - still managed to raise a team to preserve Stormers' record of never having called off a fixture in their existence.
A second minute injury to lock Connor Ward, who had to leave the field after badly spraining his ankle at the game's first line-out, also didn't improve matters, but with 15 minutes to go the score was only 17-3 to Cougars.
The floodgates then opened in the final stages of the game, leaving the Stormers' players bloodied but unbowed.
STORMERS - R. Kelly, C. Monks, B. Wilkinson, J. Ross, B. Amos, D. Pringle, S. Tough, J. Stephen, S. Rodgerson, L. Carrick, C. Ward, W. McClymont, Richard Cook, D. Mackenzie, D. Purves. Rep: C. Fairbairn