Selkirk ‘A’ 43, Stewart’s/Melville FP 2nds 5


LEFT - Selkirk ‘A’ skipper Scott McDonald leads the charge in Saturday’s RBS Reserve League National 1 game against Stewart’s/Melville FP, watched by team-mates Ross Purves, Michael Waldron, Steven Renwick and Kieron Monks. RIGHT – Rory Banks touches down over the line for Selkirk A’s first try.

LEFT – Selkirk ‘A’ prop Craig Elliot in the thick of the action on Saturday. RIGHT – Matt Robertson finds himself in a Stewart’s/Melville headlock as scrum-half Callum McColm gets ready to lend support. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

SELKIRK ‘A’ turned in another five-star performance at Philiphaugh on Saturday to make it four wins out of four in their RBS Reserve League National 1 campaign.

However, anyone chancing upon the match could have been forgiven for wondering what on earth was going on, since both teams took to the field wearing Selkirk strips. This was because a mix-up meant the Colleges side arrived at Philiphaugh without the team kit bag, so the Selkirk club agreed to lend them a spare set of jerseys.

The home side got off to a perfect start when, with only a few seconds on the clock, Rory Banks chipped over the Stewart’s/Melville back line, caught the ball and raced over in the corner for an unconverted try.

Soon afterwards a break by Callum McEwan allowed his half-back partner Scott McColm to score the Souters’ second try of the afternoon. On the half-hour mark the young Selkirk side registered their third try, this time scored by McEwan, following some great running rugby by both forwards and backs. Banks added the conversion to make the halftime score Selkirk ‘A’ 17, Stewart’s/Melville FP 0.

The Inverleith team opened the scoring in the second half after a mix-up in the home defence allowed blindside flanker Mayo to score an unconverted try.

Thereafter it was all Selkirk, and the Souters went on to score a further four tries through Banks, Andrew Scott, McEwan and Kieran Monks, three of which were converted by Banks

Despite having to make several adjustments in the squad because of senior call-ups and injuries, the Selkirk ‘A’ players continue to show great commitment and a growing sense of self-belief. Best for Selkirk were Man of the Match Callum McEwan, Callum McColm, skipper Scott McDonald, plus back row team-mates Sean Nixon and Callum Johnston.

SELKIRK ‘A’ – R. Banks, T. Walling, J. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, A. Scott, C. McEwan, C. McColm, M. Waldron, I. Walling, C. Elliott, S. Renwick, J. Everitt, C. Johnston, S. McDonald, S. Nixon. Replacements: M. Robertson, B. Riddell, K. Monks, R. Purves, F. Jack.

Referee – Ian Ramage (Berwick).