Selkirk ‘A’ 52, Jed-Forest 2nds 0


Lock Jamie Turnbull (later named Selkirk ‘man of the match’) turns back line-out ball against Jed 2nds on Saturday.

Selkirk skipper Scott Tough battles his way across the line for his side’s second try.

Wing Lewis Martin finishes off a sprint along the grandstand touchline to score Selkirk’s opening try.

Scott Hendrie, always a class act, touches down the second of his two tries against Jed 2nds.

Photos: Grant Kinghorn Pics

AFTER dominating the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s Border 2nd XV Cup fixture at Philiphaugh, particularly in the scrums, it looked as though Jed-Forest 2nds would prove a hot handful for Selkirk.

However, having weathered the early storm, the home team gradually stamped its authority on the rest of proceedings, eventually running in eight tries without reply.

Home supporters will have taken particular satisfaction at the re-appearance in Selkirk colours of prop Michael Waldron (who hasn’t played since the Souters’ match against Ayr 2nds on January 18), as well as the return of 1st XV regular Scott Hendrie, who has only played a couple of games this season (both for the ‘A’ XV) because of work commitments.

Both players showed up well in a Selkirk side that grew in confidence as the contest progressed. Locks Robert Cook and Jamie Turnbull put in solid shifts against bigger and more physical opponents, while the back row of Ross Purves, Scott McClymont and Matt Robertson were also in top form.

Jed were well served by the front row of Page, Storie and Bates, and with no replacements on the bench it says much for the visitors’ stamina and perseverance that all 15 Jed players battled right to the end.

There was one yellow card in the match – Jed scrum-half Fraser compounding a squint feed offence minutes beforehand by not rolling away at a ruck and being sent to the sidelines.

Selkirk’s first half scores came from Lewis Martin (2), skipper Scott Tough and Kieran Monks, with Rory Banks adding three conversions. After the break, tries were scored by Scott Hendrie (2), Rory Banks and Craig Bruce, with Banks adding two conversions and Jack Elliot one.

The home coaches later named Jamie Turnbull as Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’.

SELKIRK – S. Hendrie, L. Martin, A. Lyall, D. Swinbanks, K. Monks, R. Banks, S. Tough, K. Thomson, R. Wilson, B. Riddell, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont, R. Purves, M. Robertson. Replacements: C. Bruce, J. Elliot, M. Waldron, S. McDonald.

JED-FOREST – C. Reilly, A. Cowe, S. Paxton, O. Robertson, I. Jeff, M. Chisholm, J. Fraser, C. Page, A. Storie, N. Bates, C. Liddle, C. Skeldon, J. Barrie, R. Marshall, J. Hynd.

Referee – Colin Reavely (Gala).