LIVINGSTON 2nds END SELKKIRK
STORMERS’ 14-MATCH WINNING STREAK
UP against a strong Livingston 2nds team at Almond
Park on Saturday, Selkirk Stormers suffered the first defeat of their RBS Reserve League East 2 campaign. However,
the Philiphaugh side remains at the top of the division, and with three matches still to go look odds-on favourites
to win promotion.
In difficult underfoot conditions, it was the home forwards who called the shots early on. However, in spite of
being under considerable pressure in both the loose and set-pieces, the visiting pack kept their shape and tackled
everything that moved.
Selkirk’s backs also found themselves feeling the heat, and early on lost the services of scrum-half Ben Purves,
who hobbled off after taking a leg knock – but not before kicking a penalty for the visitors. His place was taken
by replacement Craig Monks. Halftime score: Livingston 2nds 10, Selkirk Stormers 3.
With the home team able to introduce several fresh players at regular intervals in the second half, the tiring
Stormers team began to wilt under Livingston’s incessant attacks. The visitors suffered another injury blow when
Blair Amos aggravated a shoulder injury, his place going to the evergreen Ewen Robbie.
However, yet more injury problems for Stormers later in the contest meant the back row player had to re-enter the
fray for the final quarter of the match, by which time Livingston had scored a further three tries to put the result
Skipper Gary Lyall did his level best to rally his troops throughout the 80 minutes, but the Almond Park team simply
proved too much of a handful on the day.
STORMERS - K. Monks, T. Walling, D. Swinbanks, G. Lyall, C. Sanders, J. Hendrie, B. Purves, C. Fairbairn, J. Stephen,
A. Hain, J. Turnbull, J. Lunt, D. Purves, B. Amos, R. Cook. Replacements: E. Robbie, L. Carrick, C. Monks.