SLUGGISH START COSTS SELKIRK DEAR AS HAWICK
TAKE THE BORDER LEAGUE SPOILS
Selkirk’s Kieran Cooney
takes the game to Hawick in Friday night’s Border League fixture at Mansfield Park.
Scott Tough finds himself surrounded by Green shirts as Hawick keep up the pressure
Photos: Grant Kinghorn Pics
Mikey Davies fires out a pass, watched by Gordon Patterson, Lewis MacLennan and Scott McDonald.
Selkirk number eight
Matt Kissick prepares to offload the ball following a scrum.
A YOUNG Selkirk side found the going tough in Friday
night’s Booker Border League match at Mansfield Park, where both sides were keen to spread the ball wide and provide
the spectators with entertaining, open rugby.
After seven minutes Selkirk’s pack was shunted back by the Hawick eight to concede a penalty, which Lee Armstrong
duly converted. Enterprising offloading play by Selkirk was halted on a number of occasions by dropped balls, while
Hawick were also guilty of losing the ball in possession.
On the 10-minute mark the Greens scored a fine breakaway try from deep in their own half through full-back Scott
Peffers, with Armstrong easily landing the conversion.
At this stage of the match Selkirk flanker Ewan MacDougall had to leave the field after an accidental clash of
heads, and Chaney Willemse entered the fray as his replacement.
The Greens scored their next try through hooker Ross Graham after a solid drive by the forwards, and the conversion
by Armstrong gave Hawick a comfortable lead. The visitors were not helping their cause by regularly giving away
possession and missing first-time tackles - errors a skilful Hawick team was quick to punish.
Further tries by Armstrong, McLeod and Cottrell (on the stroke of half time) added to the visiting supporters’
disappointment. With an interval lead of 38-0, Hawick were playing at a level of pace Selkirk were finding hard
to live with.
The Selkirk coaches’ halftime team talk saw a sea change in the visitors’ performance levels, and Mikey Davies
(on at scrum-half for the second half) immediately made a telling break to release Callum McColm for an unconverted
Although this was cancelled out by a Neil McColm try for Hawick, the Souters were now competing much more effectively
at the set piece. Josh Welsh put his team into a good attacking position with a raking touch-finder, and Matt Kissick
- who had an excellent match – scored a converted try after several stirring phases of play.
Callum McColm created another attack with a weaving run, and Hawick were now finding themselves under pressure
in areas they had dominated in the first half. It came as no surprise when Josh Welsh found space down the stand
side to score a try, leaving defenders in his wake. Rory Banks brought out full points with an excellent conversion.
Selkirk saved their best try until last when Craig MacDougall was released in space and ran in between the posts
unopposed. Welsh converted to make the final score: Hawick 43, Selkirk 26.
The Greens thoroughly deserved their victory with a convincing first half display, but all credit to the young
Souters who retrieved a decent degree of pride by outscoring their opponents 26-5 in the second half.
SELKIRK - R. Banks, C. McEwan, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, C. McColm, S. Tough, G. Patterson, J. Bett,
C. Graur, K. Cooney , S. McDonald, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, M. Kissick. Replacements: M. Davies, R. Wilson, M.
Robertson, K. Ramage, C. Willemse.