Selkirk Stormers 17, Peebles 2nds 29

STORMERS PUT UP BRAVE FIGHT, BUT FORCED TO GIVE SECOND BEST TO BIG PEEBLES SIDE


READY TO ROLL. The Selkirk Stormers players line up just before kicking off against Peebles 2nds at Philiphaugh on Saturday. Back row – Craig Monks, Adam Nichol, Callum Turnbull, Daniel Pringle, Ben Purves, Jordan Lunt, Chris Fairbairn & Connall Grieve. Front – Scott McClymont, Callum McColm, Gary Lyall (capt..), Robert Cook, Colin Heatlie, Willie McClymont & Jimmy Stephen. Absent: Rob Kelly.

THE Stormers lost their unbeaten record to a big, physical Peebles 2nds team in Saturday’s friendly at Philiphaugh. Once again the home players’ lack of fitness in the closing stages of the contest proved a significant factor, and coach Brian Cassidy has again urged all his charges to get down to training twice this week.

Ahead 12-0 midway through the first half, Stormers began to be put under increasing pressure by the visitors in set piece play, with Peebles gradually overhauling the home side’s total, although there was no lack of effort from any of the Selkirk players.

A late scoring burst by Peebles in the second half proved too much for the Stormers to counter, who by that time were down to 14 men following Rob Kelly’s withdrawal to meet work commitments, and Callum McColm’s sidelining because of cramp.

Stormers’ tries came from wingers Scott McClymont and Ben Purves (both of whom had fine games), while Daniel Pringle notched his team’s third touchdown. McColm added a conversion.

STORMERS – C. McColm, S. McClymont, G. Lyall, C. Grieve, B. Purves, D. Pringle, C. Monks, C. Fairbairn, C. Heatlie, J. Stephen, C. Turnbull, A. Nichol, W. McClymont, J. Lunt, R. Cook. Replacement: R. Kelly.

Referee – Craig Hunter (Peebles).