Melrose Knights 5, Selkirk Stormers 21


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, A. Lyall.

Referee – Norman Jackson (Melrose).