TWO WINS IN A ROW FOR UPBEAT
SELKIRK ‘A’ SIDE
Jack Elliot – scored
first try for Selkirk at The Gytes.
AN early kick-off didn’t distract Selkirk A’s players
from the task in hand in Saturday’s friendly against Peebles 2nds at The Gytes. The new-look Philiphaugh team continued
their positive start to the season with another hard-fought win, and coaches Fraser Jack and Graham Marshall must
have been pleased by the work rate and application shown by their young charges.
No-one typified this ‘can-do’ attitude better than Selkirk hooker Ross Purves. Work commitments had prevented utility
threequarter Darren Knox from arriving at the ground before halftime, but Purves slotted in effortlessly at inside
centre, before proving equally adept at filling in at scrum-half in the second half.
Playing against the wind in the opening half, the visitors found themselves 7-0 down at the break after having
to defend their line for long periods. It was a different story after the interval, however, with fly-half Rory
Banks showing his class by alternating long, touch-finding kicks with sharp line breaks.
Selkirk levelled the scores with a try from newcomer Jack Elliot, his first for the club, and took the lead with
a try shortly afterwards by Alistair Lyall, both scores being converted by Banks. Although Peebles cut the deficit
with a second try, the visitors made sure of victory with a fine individual try from Ruairi Wilson, whose powerful
break split the home defence.
Lock John Everitt made a welcome return to Selkirk’s ranks, number eight Scott McDonald gave a typically solid
display, while flanker Scott McClymont also caught the eye.
SELKIRK – J. Elliot, L. Martin, R. Purves, A. Lyall, K. Monks, R. Banks, A. Scott, C. Turnbull,
R. Wilson, K. Thomson, J. Everitt, R. Cook, S. McClymont, P. Anderson, S. McDonald. Replacements: D. Knox, S. Mackay.