PLAYED 18, WON 18 – SELKIRK STILL UNBEATEN FOLLOWING
SOLID VICTORY OVER JED
LEFT – Full-back Josh
Welsh rounds Jed’s Lewis Young to score Selkirk’s second try in Saturday’s 32-0 win over the Royal Blues. RIGHT
– Number eight Callum Marshall on his way to scoring Selkirk’s fourth try in the final minutes of the contest.
LEFT – Angus Duckett
and Mikey Davies join forces to halt the progress of former Selkirk player Fraser Harkness. RIGHT – Selkirk’s loosehead
prop Kieran Cooney prepares for contact, watched by team-mate Rory Banks.
LEFT – Cata Graur
tries to fight off the attention of Jed’s Scott Raeburn and Fraser Harkness in Saturday’s game. RIGHT – Selkirk
blindside flanker Ewan MacDougall on the charge, with team-mates Angus Duckett and Mikey Davies ready to lend support.
LEFT – Selkirk lock
forward John Everitt battles to clear his lines. RIGHT – Selkirk wing Scott Hendrie prepares to off-load in the
second half of the match.
LEFT – Selkirk’s official
mascots on Saturday were twin brothers Felix and Oscar Baxter, pictured before kick-off with skipper Matt Kissick.
RIGHT – Groundsman Brian Cassidy and his son Liam took charge of the scoreboard on Saturday. Also pictured is former
Selkirk skipper Dave Firth . [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
SELKIRK are now just one win away from securing
the BT National League Division 1 title and automatic promotion to the BT Premiership.
Saturday’s convincing bonus point victory over Jed-Forest at Philiphaugh stretched the Souters’ lead at the top
of the table to 17 points over rivals Stewart’s/Melville FP and GHA, and with a maximum of 20 points on offer in
the final four fixtures, another win would see Selkirk crowned champions.
No-one was happier with Saturday’s win over Jed-Forest than Selkirk’s director of rugby Cameron Cochrane. “Whichever
way you look at it, that was a dominant display by the boys today,” he told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the
“I thought we played the breakdown well, our discipline was good, and we were able to control the game for long
periods. I also thought our defence was tremendous, especially the way everybody fought so hard to keep our line
intact and not concede a score.
“The spirit in this team is exceptional, and the players deserve credit for rising to all the challenges this unbeaten
run has thrown up. We lost the services of Callum McColm at Marr last week when he picked up a knee injury, but
Rory Banks took over the No. 10 jersey today and did a great job for us.
“Our game at Aberdeen this Saturday is sure to be another tough contest, and I’m confident the players will approach
it with the same commitment and focus they’ve shown for all of their games to date.”
Playing against the wind in the first half, Selkirk made all the early running but couldn’t find a way through
Jed-Forest’s well organised defence. The home team put its first points on the board in the sixth minute, when
Rory Banks landed a penalty after the Jed front row had been penalised at a scrum.
Ten minutes later a quickly taken tap penalty saw Angus Duckett burst clear and off-load to James Bett. The move
was carried on by Ross Nixon, who in turn fed out to Scott Hendrie, with the Selkirk wing diving over in the right-hand
corner tor a try (only awarded after referee Charles Samson had conferred with the touch-judge).
Selkirk kept up the pressure, with Mikey Davies collecting his own kick ahead to take play deep into Jed territory.
Banks then sent a grubber kick over the Jed try line, but Lewis Young won the race to the touchdown to clear the
A counter-attack by Gregor Young, followed by a successful Jed turnover, finally gave the visiting supporters something
to cheer about. However, it was Selkirk who struck another decisive blow when Duckett and Bett combined to send
Josh Welsh running behind the posts unopposed for the Souters’ second try. Banks’ conversion put Selkirk 15-0 ahead.
Just before the interval Jed prop Greg Nagle was yellow-carded for a ruck infringement, and with Jed’s other prop
already off injured, the game went to uncontested scrums at the start of the second half.
With Lewis MacLennan on as a replacement for the injured Darren Clapperton, Selkirk went 18-0 up in the 46th minute
thanks to a second Rory Banks penalty. Selkirk’s Mitch Utteridge and Gordon Patterson then came on for Cata Graur
and John Everitt.
Shortly afterwards Greg Nagle returned to the field from the sin bin, but almost immediately Jed were down to 14
men again when hooker Scott Raeburn was yellow-carded. The Royal Blues made light of this setback, and a strong
run by former Selkirk skipper Fraser Harkness took play close to the Selkirk line.
Despite being unable to exploit their numerical superiority, Selkirk made the game safe in the 61st minute. A line-out
on the Royal Blues’ five-metre line was won by Selkirk’s man of the match Matt Kissick, and a couple of phases
later Rory Banks ghosted through the stretched Jed defence to score his team’s third try, which he also converted.
The visitors then had their best spell of the game, and only a magnificent turnover by Angus Duckett – who stripped
the ball from the grip of a Jed player in the very act of scoring – allowed the Souters to clear their lines. Duckett
then found himself sent to the sin-bin for the final 10 minutes of the match, but by then all his hard work had
helped put Selkirk firmly on the victory trail.
Two minutes from time Callum Marshall clinched Selkirk’s bonus point with a try which saw the number eight ricochet
off a Jed defender, before somehow catapulting himself over the line. Banks’ conversion set the seal on a famous
The Four Season Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to Matt Kissick.
SELKIRK - J. Welsh, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, D. Clapperton, R. Banks, M. Davies, K.
Cooney, J. Bett, C. Graur, J. Everitt, M. Kissick, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C. Marshall. Replacements: L. MacLennan,
S. Tough, G. Patterson, R. Wilson, M. Utteridge.
JED-FOREST – L. Young, D. Wallace, G. Young, F. Harkness, R. Shirra-Gibb,
D. Ritchie, A. Thomson, G. Nagle, S. Raeburn, N. Bates, C. Skeldon, G. Law, S. Ainslie, M. Weekley, D. Grieve.
Replacements: C. Page, J. Szkudro, J. Barrie, R. Miler.
Referee – Charles Samson (Howe of Fife).