SELKIRK BACK ON SONG TO WRAP UP A MORALE-BOOSTING
VICTORY OVER BIGGAR
LEFT – Selkirk replacement Callum McEwan beats the Biggar cover on Saturday to score his first senior try for the
club. RIGHT – Debutant Ross Purves finds himself outnumbered, as Ewan MacDougall gets ready to lend a hand.
LEFT – Wing Scott Hendrie manages to get his pass away despite the attentions of a Biggar defender. RIGHT – James
Bett just manages to beat Mark Bertram to the touchdown to register Selkirk’s fourth try. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
LEFT – Official Selkirk
mascots Conor Cairney (left) and Thomas Elliot get a sneak preview of the home dressing room just before Saturday’s
kick-off. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL] RIGHT – Four Seasons Forestry director George Welsh presents his company’s ‘Selkirk
Man of the Match’ award to Ricky Fluhler after the game. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN]
SELKIRK reclaimed third spot in the RBS National
League with a convincing, nine-try victory over Biggar at Philiphaugh on Saturday. The win helped restore some
confidence in the Souters’ ranks following last week’s heavy loss to Boroughmuir.
“The boys knew they owed it to themselves and to their supporters to step up a gear and show the kind of rugby
they’re capable of playing,” head coach Alistair Dickson said after the match. “I was much happier with our overall
performance, and it was pleasing to see youngsters like Callum McEwan and Ross Purves get game time.
“Our play had a lot more shape and structure about it today, although there are still plenty of areas we have to
work on. Our finishing let us down on a number of occasions, and that’s something you can’t afford in a tight contest.
We’re still missing several players, so I’m confident we can improve further in the coming weeks.”
Playing with the sun at their backs, it was Biggar who struck the first blow, number eight Callum Taylor racing
over for a try after Scott Tough’s clearance kick had been charged down. Kayle Connor’s conversion kick sailed
over from the touchline.
Selkirk hit back almost immediately. A delicate chip over the Biggar defence by home skipper Ross Nixon was gathered
close to the right touchline by Scott Hendrie, and the wing burst past opposite number Andrew Fleming to score
in the corner. Josh Welsh’s conversion levelled the scores at 7-7.
Selkirk took the lead straight from the restart. Matt Kissick gathered the kick, fed Ewan MacDougall, who in turn
sent Lee Kibble darting up the left flank. The centre delivered a perfectly timed pass to Rory Banks, and the wing
sprinted home for a try in the corner.
Although Connor kicked a 16th minute penalty to keep the visitors in touch, Selkirk now began to turn up the heat.
A quickfire break by Gavin Craig was carried on by Matt Kissick, only for the number eight’s off-load to Scott
Hendrie to be judged forward, as the wing dived over in the corner for what he hoped was his second try.
The scoreboard was soon back in action, however. A heel against the head by James Bett saw Kissick pick up and
spin a pass to Gavin Craig, whose cleverly angled run split the Biggar defence to allow him to cross for Selkirk’s
third try. Welsh’s conversion put the home side 19-10 ahead.
Welsh extended Selkirk’s lead with a bonus point try in the 24th minute following good lead-up work by Duckett
and Kibble, but another Connor penalty kept Biggar in the hunt at 24-13.
Despite having John Everitt yellow-carded just before halftime, home hooker Bett struck a decisive blow for the
Philiphaugh team when Craig’s crunching follow-up tackle forced a Biggar defender to spill the ball, allowing Bett
to hack it over the line and win the race to the touchdown. Halftime score: Selkirk 29, Biggar 3.
The second half was played out almost entirely in Biggar’s half, as the visitors found themselves at full stretch
trying to contain the Selkirk onslaught, with second row forward Ricky Fluhler always to the fore for the home
On the 50-minute mark home replacements Callum McEwan, Cata Graur and Callum Johnston came off the bench to replace
Rory Banks, Graham Turner and John Everitt, while 20 minutes from time teenage hooker Ross Purves took the field
to make his senior Selkirk debut.
Second half tries were scored by Scott Hendrie, Callum McEwan, Josh Welsh and Rory Banks (who had returned to the
field to replace the injured Lee Kibble), with Welsh adding three conversions for a personal haul of 20 points.
Selkirk’s fifth replacement, Callum McColm, came on for Scott Tough in the 57th minute.
Kiwi lock Ricky Fluhler, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Saturday, was named the Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk
Man of the Match’.
SELKIRK –J. Welsh, S. Hendrie, L. Kibble, R. Nixon, R. Banks, G. Craig, S. Tough, G. Patterson, J. Bett, G. Turner,
R. Fluhler, J. Everitt, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, M. Kissick. Replacements: C. McColm, C. McEwan, R. Purves, C.
Johnston, C. Graur.
BIGGAR – C. MacDonald, M. Bertram, J. Sullivan, C. Lavery, A. Fleming, K. Connor, Z. Carylon, C. Arthur, K. Robison,
C. Henderson, J. Harvey, G. Owens, J. Orr, E. Sanderson, C. Taylor. Replacements: M. Dunlop, E. McAlpine, D. Reive,
Referee – Sam Grove-White (Montrose).