NAIL-BITING FINISH AT BRAIDHOLM, BUT SELKIRK
PAY THE PENALTY FOR COSTLY ERRORS
[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN
Ian Oosthuizen and
Matt Robertson lead Selkirk’s players off the Braidholm pitch after Saturday’s hard-fought game against GHA.
was always in the thick of the action, notching his 17th try of the season. Frazer Anderson prepares to lend a
Stand-off Ciaran Whyte
had a productive afternoon in his comeback game for Selkirk following injury.
Selkirk’s Andrew Renwick
checks inside the GHA defence, with team-mate Tythan Adams up in support.
GHA 38, SELKIRK 36
IN a hugely entertaining, end-to-end contest, GHA
brought Selkirk’s three-match winning streak to a dramatic halt at Braidholm on Saturday, withstanding a late onslaught
by the Souters to squeeze home and collect five BT National League 1 points to the visitors’ two.
Although the final try count was five-four in Selkirk’s favour, the Philiphaugh players’ propensity for giving
away needless penalties ultimately cost them the match – GHA fly-half Andrew Goudie taking full advantage of the
visitors’ indiscipline to kick four penalties. Handling errors also proved a significant handicap.
“Our game management today certainly wasn’t up to the mark,” Selkirk assistant coach Michael Jaffray told the selkirkrfc.com
web site after the final whistle. “Whenever we scored a try we invariably let them back into the game by conceding
a penalty, which was extremely frustrating.
“We had plenty of possession throughout the 80 minutes but played too much rugby in our own half, usually because
of poor individual decision-making. That said, the boys did well to fight their way back into the game after looking
dead and buried when down 30-10 early in the second half. True to form, they never gave up.”
It didn’t help that no fewer than three Selkirk players were shown yellow cards during the match – Mikey Davies,
Frazer Anderson and Andrew Renwick (although the latter was almost certainly a case of mistaken identity). This
left the visitors with 13 men on the field at one stage.
No-one battled harder for Selkirk’s cause than prop Michael Waldron, later chosen as the visitors’ ‘man of the
match’, while flanker Ian Oosthuizen turned in another excellent performance and young utility forward Donald Nichol
did everything that was asked of him when coming off the bench after the break.
GHA’s tries came from wing James Edgar (2), scrum-half Peter Jericevich and wing Andrew Spowart. Andrew Goudie
completed the Glasgow team’s total with four penalties and three conversions.
Selkirk’s try scorers were Peter Forrest, Darren Clapperton, Michael Waldron and Frazer Anderson. The visitors’
fifth score was a penalty try, awarded after GHA’s forwards deliberately collapsed a rolling maul following a Selkirk
line-out five metres from their try line.
Ciaran Whyte made a successful comeback to the Selkirk team wearing the No. 10 jersey, sending over four conversions
and a penalty. He had the chance to level the scores with the very last kick of the match, but his attempted touchline
conversion of Frazer Anderson’s injury time try just drifted wide of the right-hand post.
GHA – G. Mollison, J. Edgar, B. Addison, R. Finlay, A. Spowart, A. Goudie, P. Jericevich, T. Brogan, S. Usuda,
M. Scott, A. Barnett, G. MacDonald, M. Ryan, F. Haig, R. Angus. Replacements: A. Cornwell, S. Carson, P.Harkins,
S. Plumridge, A. Gillman.
SELKIRK - D. Clapperton, F. Anderson, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, T. Adams, C. Whyte, C. McEwan, K. Cooney, J. Bett,
M. Waldron, A. Renwick, P. Forrest, I. Oosthuizen, M. Robertson, E. MacDougall. Replacements: R. Wilson, B. Siyothula,
D. Nichol, M. Davies, D. Allan.
Referee – Neil Muir (Scottish Rugby).