SELKIRK 24, HAWICK 59
DESPITE their impressive performances over previous
weeks, Selkirk couldn’t come up with a win against Hawick on Saturday at Philiphaugh.
Selkirk opened the scoring with a try from Dashton Wellman who outpaced the Hawick defence after a good ball from
James Bett. Rory Banks then converted to start the scoring off at 7-0.
Unfortunately Hawick retaliated just a few minutes later as their number seven Rory Scott ran in to score, with
stand-off Lee Armstrong converting, to bring the scores equal at 7-7.
It was a tense game for the next ten minutes, until Hawick managed to pick holes in the home side’s defence and
put another two tries past the Souters within five minutes, courtesy of Darcy Graham and Sean Goodfellow, leaving
Selkirk trailing at 7-21.
Due to infringements in the scrum, Selkirk were awarded a penalty just over the Hawick 22, and decided to go for
goal, with Banks managing to make it through the posts for an extra three points.
However, Hawick wanted more before the half time whistle, taking advantage of Selkirk being a man down due to Dashton
Wellman being shown a yellow card for a high tackle. Number eight Keith Davies burst through the Selkirk defence
after a maul to leave the score at 10-28 as both teams made their way to the changing rooms.
As the second half came, Selkirk were starting to look more alert, showing signs of a stronger attack, when South
African second row Yaya Hartzenberg ran under the posts to record his first try for Selkirk. For a while after
this, it looked like Selkirk might manage to get back into the match, until a flurry of Hawick tries followed within
15 minutes. Craig Russell, Darcy Graham and Steven Anderson all touched down for tries, with Armstrong converting
two, leaving Selkirk and their fans wondering what had just happened.
A consolation try from Craig MacDougall after a good passage of passing showed that Selkirk could still score against
them, but this didn’t prove very much, as Hawick had the last word, running over twice before full-time, thanks
to Shawn Muir and Darcy Graham again, leaving Selkirk bitterly disappointed as the final whistle blew, bringing
another defeat of 24-59.
Speaking to selkirkrfc.com after the match, Selkirk coach Neill Wood said: “It was obviously a very good Hawick
side, and you’ve got to be at your best to beat a team like that, and unfortunately we weren’t at our best this
week. It doesn’t get any easier in this league, so we’ll take this defeat on the chin and just hope that we can
show our best in the next match.”
Selkirk will continue to hunt for their first win in the league in two weeks’ time when they take on Glasgow Hawks
at Old Anniesland, on Saturday October 17th.
SELKIRK: R. Banks, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, R. Nixon, C. Gregory-Ring, D. Wellman, M. Davies,
C. Graur, J. Bett, D. Byrne, L. Mastrolorenzo, P. Forrest, C. Johnston, E. MacDougall, C. Marshall. Replacements:
C. McEwan, B. Riddell, J. Everitt, Y. Hartzenberg, R. Purves.
HAWICK: D. Graham, C. Russell, J. Coutts, W. Greibenhow, S. Anderson, L. Armstrong, S. Goodfellow,
S. Muir, L. Gibson, N. Little, B. McNeil, C. Charters, S. Graham, R. Scott, K. Davies. Replacements: G. Douglas,
J. Steelin, R. Gibson, R. Hutton, G. Cottrell.
Referee: Graham Wells (SRU)