Scrum-half Ryan Legge watches his opposite number feed a scrum during Saturday’s match between Selkirk ‘A’ and Edinburgh Accies 2nds at Philiphaugh.

Selkirk ‘A’ loosehead prop Jimmy Stephen tries to relieve the pressure by carrying ball upfield in Saturday’s game at Philiphaugh. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


SATURDAY’S BT Reserve League National 2 match at Philiphaugh wasn’t so much a ‘David versus Goliath’ contest, as a ‘David versus Goliath’s bigger brother’ confrontation. The visitors’ pack was simply huge, with one of their gargantuan props taking a size 19 boot!
Despite this weight and height disparity, the young home players never took a backward step all afternoon, even though the team suffered several casualties. The Souters tackled themselves to a standstill, and deserve huge credit for never once throwing in the towel.
No-one typified the Selkirk side’s spirit more than 20-year-old hooker Finlay Amos, who put his body on the line time and again for the home team. He also managed to win two strikes against the head, and deservedly picked up the coaches’ ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award.
Scrum-half Ryan Legge, making his first start of the season in the number nine jersey, also shone under pressure, although it is perhaps unfair to single out individuals in a Selkirk side where everyone battled hard to contain the talented Raeburn Place team.
Two other plus-points for the Philiphaugh side were the first appearances after injury of Gavin Craig and Donald Nichol. Both came through their comebacks with flying colours despite the intensity of the exchanges. Although the original plan had been for each player to spend limited time on the field, so high was the Selkirk casualty rate both had to stay involved for close on 70 minutes.
Ironically it was Selkirk who struck the first blow when Frazer Anderson capitalised on an Accies knock-on in the very first minute of the match, the wing fly-hacking the ball over the visitors’ try line before winning the race for the touchdown.
Accies gradually took control of the game, off-loading superbly and cashing in on their forward superiority to lead 22-5 at the break. Their 10 tries came from Dean Roger, Duncan Campbell, Jack Forrester, Andrew Wood (2), Daniel Falkner, Tom Arnott, Angus Marshall, Callum Ramm and Ollie Motram. Ramm added five conversions and a penalty.
SELKIRK - G. Ross, F. Anderson, J. Griffin, A. Lyall, L. Martin, R. Hamilton, R. Legge, M. Waldron, F. Amos, J. Stephen, G. Baird, A. Lambie, R. Cook, J. Houston, H. Borthwick. Replacements: S. McKenzie, G. Craig, D. Nichol, R. Reilly, C. Ward.