Watsonians 3rds 17, Selkirk Stormers 48


Kieran Monks – scored hat-trick of tries for the Stormers.

SELKIRK Stormers got their RBS Reserve League East 2 campaign off to a flying start at Myreside on Saturday, turning in a five-star display to overwhelm a useful-looking Watsonians 3rds team.

Afterwards Stormers’ player-manager Donny Mackenzie had nothing but praise for the Philiphaugh side: “The determination our guys showed out there was fantastic,” he said. “Their work rate remained high throughout, and I thought our finishing was out of the top drawer.

“The boys have put down a marker, and it’s now up to everyone in the squad to make sure we maintain this level of commitment for the rest of the league campaign. It’s a pleasure being involved with such an enthusiastic bunch of players.”

A special mention goes to prop Alex Hain and wing Gavin Lindsay, both of whom made light of their limited rugby experience to turn in wholehearted performances on Saturday. Up front, hooker Jimmy Stephen and flanker Scott McClymont were in particularly fine form, while half-backs Ben Purves and Guy Blair controlled proceedings in textbook fashion.

Selkirk’s eight tries were scored by Purves (3), Kieran Monks (3), Robert Cook and John Graham. Blair added four conversions. The halftime score was 24-10 in the Stormers’ favour.

STORMERS – K. Monks, G. Lindsay, H. Aynsley, B. Wilkinson, J. Graham, G. Blair, B. Purves, C. Fairbairn, J. Stephen, A. Hain, L. Carrick, J. Lunt, S. McClymont, N. Brown, R. Cook. Replacement: D. Mackenzie.