NO STOPPING STORMERS AS KNIGHTS
PUT TO THE SWORD
Guy Blair – brought
experience to bear for the Stormers
AFTER Saturday’s scheduled RBS Reserve League East
2 game against Duns 2nds had to be cancelled because the Berwickshire club couldn’t raise a team, Selkirk Stormers
were happy to accept a friendly away fixture against Melrose Knights.
The visitors turned in another impressive performance against a useful Knights side, the Philiphaugh team’s stout
defending in the second half to contain a resurgent Melrose team proving the key to the visitors’ victory.
Stormers skipper Guy Blair gave a five-star display, using all his experience to control the game and ensure his
side was always on the front foot. Number eight Robert Cook proved an equally influential player, underlining his
versatility by switching to hooker in the second half to cover for an injured team-mate.
Once again scrum-half Ben Purves got his name on the score sheet, crossing for two tries to take his touchdown
tally to an impressive 11 in the past four matches. Selkirk’s other try scorer was Bob Wilkinson, with Guy Blair
converting all three tries.
The only cloud on the Stormers’ horizon came when replacement Matt Valentine had to leave the field after taking
a head knock, which necessitated a visit to the Borders General Hospital after the match. Two other players – Adam
Nichol and Ben Purves – also had to retire injured to the sidelines during the contest.
STORMERS – K. Stillie, C. Monks, J. Graham, B. Wilkinson, G. Lindsay, G. Blair, B. Purves, C. Turnbull, J. Step0hen,
C. Fairbairn, L. Carrick, A. Nichol, J. Lunt, N. Brown, R. Cook. Replacements: C. Heatlie, M. Valentine, R. Kelly,
Referee – Norman Jackson (Melrose).