Peebles 2nds 27, Selkirk ‘A’ 28

CRAIG’S LAST-GASP DROP-GOAL CLINCHES EXCITING WIN FOR SELKIRK ‘A’

Selkirk ‘A’ scrum-half Scott Tough gets to grips with a Peebles 2nds opponent in Saturday’s dramatic 28-27 win at Hay Lodge Park.

Lock-forward Scott McDonald rises above his opposite number to secure line-out ball on Saturday.

[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

A DROP-GOAL in the final minute of the game by Selkirk ‘A’ centre Craig MacDougall secured a dramatic win over Peebles 2nds in Saturday’s Borders 2nd XV Cup tie at Hay Lodge Park.
 
And while this was undeniably an exciting game to watch if you were a spectator on the touchlines, for Selkirk coaches Fraser Jack and Graham Marshall it proved less exhilarating.

“It’s fair to say we were disappointed with the way we made simple mistakes that allowed Peebles to score at critical times,” Fraser told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week. “This was especially true in the second half, when we let them regain the lead by gifting them two easy tries.

“That said, Graham and I both know that you can never write off this team. The spirit and determination the boys showed in the final 10 minutes was how we’d want them to approach any game - keeping the ball alive sensibly, and pressuring the opposition.”

Peebles took the lead through a try in the 10th minute, but Selkirk went 7-5 ahead midway through the half with a try by wing Callum McEwan, converted by Darren Knox. A successful penalty by Peebles then put the home side 8-7 up, before a try by Robert Cook on the half-hour mark, converted by Knox, edged the visitors in front.

A converted try by Peebles five minutes before the interval made the halftime score Peebles 2nds 15, Selkirk ‘A’ 14.

An early try after the interval by Darren Knox was followed by a drop-goal and a penalty from the boot of replacement threequarter Rory Banks, allowing Selkirk to jump into a 25-15 lead.

However, two tries by Peebles saw the lead change hands yet again, but victory was snatched from the home side right at the death when Craig MacDougall dropped a goal in the final seconds, with the referee having already signalled a penalty would be coming the Souters’ way.

Special mentions go to fly-half Darren Knox who stepped in at the last minute and had a great game - scoring points at critical times and leading the line. Ross Purves at 12 was also rock-solid despite playing out of position.

The back row of Phil Anderson, Scott McClymont and Ewan MacDougall (in his comeback game after injury) appeared everywhere on the park and made some telling tackles. Scott Macdonald played in the second row and also gave a typically spirited performance. It was also heartening to see Craig MacDougall having a run-out after a short injury lay-off.
 
The Selkirk coaches gave the ‘Man of the Match’ award to Scott McClymont.

SELKIRK ‘A’ – C. McEwan, L. Martin, C. MacDougall, R. Purves, S. Marshall, D. Knox, S. Tough, K. Thomson, R. Wilson, M. Waldron, R. Cook, S. McDonald, E. MacDougall, S. McClymont, P. Anderson. Replacements: S. Mackay, W. McClymont, J. Elliot, R. Banks.