Selkirk ‘A’ 10, Gala ‘A’ 51


LEFT – Selkirk ‘A’ skipper Craig MacDougall passes to fellow centre Andrew Given early in Saturday’s game against Gala ‘A’. RIGHT - Selkirk ‘A’ players line up behind the try line following another Gala score. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

AN understrength Selkirk ‘A’ side proved no match for RBS Reserve League National 1 leaders Gala ‘A’ at Philiphaugh on Saturday. The no-nonsense Maroons took the game to Selkirk right from the start, and after two minutes opened the scoring from a penalty in front of the posts.

With the visiting pack dominating the set pieces, Gala proceeded to score at regular intervals – a total of five tries coming in the first half, two of which were converted. Selkirk’s only reply was a penalty kick from the boot of fly-half Michael Rutherford, who also converted a home try scored by back row forward Ross Nixon. Halftime score: Selkirk 10, Gala 32.

After the break Gala’s players showed no signs of releasing their stranglehold on the match, scoring another three tries in the space of just 10 minutes, facilitated by some indifferent first-time tackling from the home defenders. One of these tries was converted.

Only once the game was beyond Selkirk’s reach did the Philiphaugh team begin to play some constructive rugby, but for all the pressure they managed to generate close to the Gala try line, they were unable to add any further points to their total.

SELKIRK – L. MacLennan, K. Monks, A. Given, C. MacDougall, H. Aynsley, M. Rutherford, C. McColm, C. Elliott, R. Wilson, M. Waldron, E. Turner, K. Mitchell, S. Nixon, S. McDonald, M. Robertson. Replacements: B. Riddell, C. Grieve, S. McClymont.

Referee – Andrew Edgar (St Boswells).