YOUNG SELKIRK ‘A’ TEAM UP AGAINST IT AT MEGGETLAND, AS BOROUGHMUIR CALL THE SHOTS

Determination is written all over stand-off Gavin Craig’s face as he brings down his opposite number in Selkirk A’s BT Reserve League National 2 game against Boroughmuir 3rds at Meggetland on Saturday.

Selkirk winger Lewis Martin found himself in the unfamiliar position of packing down at loosehead prop on Saturday, after the match reverted to uncontested scrums in the second half following a spate of injuries.


[Photos: LINDSAY CARRICK]

BOROUGHMUIR 29, SELKIRK ‘A’ 7

SELKIRK ‘A’ still find themselves rooted to the bottom of BT Reserve League National 2 following defeat at Meggetland on Saturday at the hands of fellow ‘cellar-dwellers’ Boroughmuir 3rds.
The young Souters ultimately had no answer to the power of the home scrum and the finishing of ‘Muir’s speedy threequarters, who scored four second half tries to secure a bonus point and haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
The writing was on the wall for the visitors as early as the second minute of the match, when talented second row forward Donald Nichol was forced to retire to the sidelines after aggravating an ankle injury. His departure saw Rob Cook switch to lock, with replacement Strath Mackenzie drafted into the back row.
Boroughmuir took the lead from a Jamie Hickey penalty in the 12th minute, and Selkirk did well to keep their line intact as the city team piled on the pressure for the remainder of the half.
Just before the interval Selkirk number eight Harry Borthwick fly-hacked a loose ball towards the home try line, and when a ‘Muir defender attempted to pass back to a team-mate, the ball was cleverly intercepted by Selkirk’s Rory Hamilton. The centre could hardly believe his luck and smartly touched down the ball under the posts, adding the conversion to put the Souters 7-3 ahead at the break.
Boroughmuir made the stronger start to the second half, with full-back Adrian Jonas setting up a try in the right-hand corner for Davie Simpson.
Selkirk then suffered another major setback when skipper Rob Cook had to leave the field with a broken nose, and after hooker Connor MacAulay also left the field injured soon afterwards, the game went to uncontested scrums.
The Meggetland men made sure of victory with tries from Hal Sparkes, Lewis McSporran and Jonas, although Selkirk never gave up the fight.
Fly-half Gavin Craig used all his experience to make several telling breaks and was also safe in defence, while up front Jack Houston and Jimmy Stephen showed up well in the loose exchanges.
BOROUGHMUIR – A. Jonas, C. Whitelock, H. Sparke, G. Alexander, L. McSporran, J. Hickey, C. Crilly, T. Hefron, E. Andrews, J. Ob, A. Clark, M. Thurley, J. Rawcliffe, D. Coulter, C. O’Neill. Replacements: G. Jones, J. Tito, A. Protheroe, S. Richards, D. Simpson, C. McVickery.
SELKIRK – G. Ross, L. Martin, D. Allan, R. Hamilton, F. Anderson, G. Craig, R. Legge, J. Stephen, C. MacAulay, K. Thomson, D. Nichol, J. Houston, R. Cook, F. Amos, H. Borthwick. Replacements: R. Purves, L. McGowan, S. Mackenzie R. Shiel, K. Gerrard, K. Monks.

Referee – Graham Allen (Edinburgh).