Portobello 2nds 10, Selkirk Stormers 40


Kieran Monks – hat-trick of tries for the Stormers

ANOTHER confident display by Selkirk Stormers saw the Philiphaugh team overcome Portobello 2nds in Saturday’s RBS Reserve League East 2 match at Cavalry Park. The result maintains Stormers’ 100 per cent league record, keeping them right in the promotion hunt.

Playing against the wind in the first half, the visitors’ pack showed up well in the set pieces – their scrummaging giving the home side all kinds of difficulties. Second row forward Lindsay Carrick (who doubled up as mini-bus driver on Saturday) capped an impressive match with the only try of the first half, putting Stormers 5-3 ahead at the interval.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, Stormers quickly put the result beyond doubt, tries coming at regular intervals from Kieran Monks (3), plus one each from brothers Ben and David Purves. Skipper Guy Blair completed the scoring with five successful conversions from six attempts.

A special mention goes to Selkirk wing Gavin Lindsay, who continues to improve with each outing and whose tackling throughout the game was first rate. It was also good to see Richard Cook back in Selkirk colours.

“The boys are showing a lot of commitment,” Stormers coach Brian Cassidy said after the final whistle, “and it’s pleasing to see everybody gelling as a team despite fielding several new players today.”

STORMERS – K. Monks, F. Watt, J. Graham, G. Lyall, G. Lindsay, G. Blair, B. Purves, C. Fairbairn, C. Heatlie, A. Hain, L. Carrick, A. Nichol, J. Lunt, N. Darling, Robt Cook. Replacements: D. Purves, Richard Cook.