SELKIRK 'A' PLAYERS HAVE TO GIVE
SECOND BEST TO PEEBLES 2nds AT HAY LODGE PARK
There's no stopping Selkirk
'A' blindside flanker Ross Purves as he sprints over for the visitors' second try in Friday night's friendly against
Hooker Ruairi Wilson
and loosehead Robbie Reilly prepare to lock horns with their opposite numbers at Hay Lodge Park on Friday night.
Selkirk 'A' prop
Bonekele Siyothula drives upfield to set up an attacking platform for the visitors.
Stand-off Callum McColm's
ball distribution was first class in Friday night's game, despite the atrocious conditions.
[Photos - GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
Peebles 2nds 19, Selkirk 'A'
FRIDAY night's friendly fixture between Selkirk
'A' and Peebles 2nds at Hay Lodge Park was brought to a close by the referee 10 minutes early, after Selkirk openside
flanker Strath Mackenzie landed awkwardly when tackled, sustaining what initially looked a serious neck injury.
Selkirk physio Ryan Crockatt immediately ran on to the field to attend to the injured player, and an ambulance
was called as a precautionary measure.
"You can't take any chances in these situations," Ryan told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the game,
"and it was crucial Strath remained immobile until a full assessment of his condition had been conducted."
Thankfully the injury was muscular in nature, and not as severe as had at first been feared, and within a short
space of time Strath was able to get to his feet and return to the changing rooms unaided.
"The response time of the ambulance team was extremely quick," added Ryan, "and the Selkirk club
is very grateful for the professional way the paramedics dealt with the situation."
The match itself proved a tightly contested affair, with Peebles' bigger forwards proving a tough challenge for
the visiting pack to keep in check.
Trailing 12-5 at the interval, Selkirk's tries came from skipper Rob Cook from a pick-up at a five-metre scrum,
while a scintillating break by stand-off Callum McColm paved the way for Ross Purves' excellent try in the second
This Saturday the Selkirk 'A' players face a vital BT Reserve League National 2 game against West of Scotland 2nds
at Philiphaugh, with both sides desperate for points to help them steer clear of the relegation zone.
SELKIRK - R. Banks, R. Hamilton, L. MacLennan, J. Griffin, K. Gerrard, C. McColm, C. McEwan, R. Reilly, R. Wilson,
B. Riddell, C. Graur, W. McClymont, R. Purves, S. Mackenzie, R. Cook. Replacements: R. Shiel, S. Hendrie, B. Siyothula.