Yaya Hartzenberg looks to make an impact as he runs at the Glasgow defence.

Ewan macDougall comes face to face with powerful opposition from Glasgow Hawks


IT was another defeat for the 1st XV as they travelled away on Saturday to Old Anniesland. With a record of four wins in their last six games, Glasgow Hawks were always going to be a difficult team to come up against.

An early penalty for the Hawks, courtesy of professional player Gregor Hunter gave them a three point advantage over the Souters, but Selkirk held their ground well after this, until a penalty try in the 16th minute, converted by Hunter, left the Souters trailing by ten points.

Again, both teams showed their abilities after this, with some good counter-attacking play from Selkirk looking promising, but nothing was to come of it. Come the 30th minute, Glasgow pushed through again for another try courtesy of winger Robert Beattie managed to get through the Selkirk line and touch down for the Hawks’ second try of the match, converted by Hunter.

Selkirk managed to hold off the Hawks for the last few minutes of the forty, leaving the half-time score as 17-0.
The Souters came back on for the second half looking like a stronger side, and showing it too as they passed It around well, with Callum Marshall eventually finding a gap in the Hawks’ defence, putting the ball down for Selkirk’s first try of the match.

Glasgow came back though, and despite Selkirk’s efforts, they finally managed to break through, awarding their centre Brendan McGroarty his first, and Glasgow’s third try of the match, which Hunter converted once again.

Selkirk managed to claw back another try five minutes before the final whistle through second row Peter Forrest, but this proved just a consolation try as the Hawks had the final word, with Matt Smith touching down a converted try to leave the final score as 31-10.

Selkirk 1st XV will now look ahead for a win against Ayr next week at Philiphaugh.

SELKIRK: R. Banks, S. Hendrie, C. MacDougall, R. Nixon, C. Gregory-Ring, D. Wellman, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Bett, D. Byrne, P. Forrest, J. Everitt, E. MacDougall, C. Johnston, C. Marshall. Replacements: C. McEwan, J. Welsh, B. Riddell, R. Purves, Y. Hartzenberg.

GLASGOW HAWKS: J. Steele, R. Houliston, B. McGroarty, M. MacFarlane, R. Beattie, G. Hunter, S. Yacouban, G. Strain, J. MacFarlane, C. Barnes, A. Kirkland, A. Linton, F. Gillies, M. Smith, A. Hill. Replacements: S. Leckey, B. Cullinane, P. Boyer, G. Horne, A. Redmayne.