BEST DISPLAY TO DATE, BUT SELKIRK ‘A’ STILL UNABLE TO CHALK UP FIRST WIN

Jack Houston gets ready to challenge for line-out possession in Saturday’s reserve league game against West of Scotland 2nds at Burnbrae. [Out of-focus photo: JOHN SMAIL]

WEST OF SCOTLAND 2NDS 10, SELKIRK ‘A’ 5

ANOTHER battling performance by Selkirk ‘A’s young players just failed to earn them victory over West of Scotland 2nds at rain-soaked Burnbrae on Saturday.
It leaves the Souters still without a win in BT Reserve League National 2, but Selkirk’s coaches will have taken heart from the improvements in all aspects of the Philiphaugh team’s game.
Despite the tricky conditions Selkirk attacked with flair and determination, with centres Douglas Swinbanks and Ali Lyall always in the thick of the action, and the tireless Scott McDonald having an outstanding match at openside flanker..
No-one epitomised the Souters’ resolve better than teenage fly-half Rory Hamilton in his first game in the No. 10 jersey. However, all credit goes to West’s players for their rock-solid defence throughout the 80 minutes. On several occasions it looked as though the visitors would cross their opponents’ try line, only for a desperate, last-ditch tackle to deny the ball carrier.
The home side went ahead through a try by Mark Sim, after the fly-half cleverly dummied his way past the Selkirk cover. The Souters did well not to concede any more points facing the gusting wind, leaving West 5-0 ahead at the interval.
Early in the second half Selkirk levelled the scores thanks to a pushover try by number eight Harry Borthwick. The visitors’ scrum had been given a big boost by debutant prop Andrei Hurez, while the return of lock Jack Houston tightened up line-out play.
An overlap try by Florian Jacquot regained the lead for West, and despite Selkirk throwing everything bar the kitchen sink at the home try line in the closing minutes, the Burnbrae men weathered the storm to take the points.
A special mention going to Ryan Legge, who performed well at scrum-half in his first game of the season for Selkirk ‘A’.
SELKIRK - G. Ross, J. Griffin, D. Swinbanks, A. Lyall, L. Martin, R. Hamilton, F. Anderson, M. Waldron, F. Amos, J. Stephen, J. Houston, G. Baird, R. Cook, S. McDonald, H. Borthwick. Replacements: R. Legge, S. McKenzie, A. Hurez, N. Darling.
Referee – G. Fisher (Cambuslang).