SELKIRK IN THE DRIVING SEAT AS RENWICK AND HENDRIE BOTH NOTCH BRACE OF TRIES

Fly-half Callum McColm keeps cool under pressure in Saturday’s game against Howe of Fife at Duffus Park. Team-mates Matt Robertson (left) and Cata Graur prepare to lend support.

Selkirk scrum-half Mikey Davies gets his threequarter line moving in the Philiphaugh side’s 45-19 victory over Howe of Fife at Duffus Park on Saturday.

Wing Scott Hendrie prepares to touch the ball down for the second of his two tries in Saturday’s match at Cupar – taking his season’s tally to 12.

Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’, prop forward Bonekele Siyothula, makes another foray into the heart of Howe’s defence, with Peter Forrest awaiting developments.

Hooker James Bett feels the full force of a Howe of Fife player’s tackle, watched by team-mates Kieran Cooney and Lewis MacLennan.


[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

HOWE OF FIFE 19, SELKIRK 45

SELKIRK got back to winning ways in Saturday’s BT National League Division 1 game at Duffus Park, with a convincing seven-try victory over bottom-of-the-table Howe of Fife.
In a fast, open contest, it was the visitors who were first on the scoreboard with a try after two minutes by Josh Mackay. This was the talented teenager’s first try for the Philiphaugh club in only his fifth senior appearance, and the Youth Club captain has a bright future ahead of him.
Another player to make a big impact in the match was ex-captain Andrew Renwick, who celebrated his return to the side following suspension with a brace of tries before the interval.
All three scores were converted by Selkirk full-back Ciaran Whyte, putting the visitors 21-0 ahead at the break.
With Selkirk’s forwards well on top, prop Bonekele Siyothula caught the eye with a series of barnstorming runs up the field, while fellow front row colleague Kieran Cooney was also to the fore, along with openside Matt Robertson who turned in another five-star display.
To their credit the Howe of Fife players never gave up the fight, cutting the deficit with three tries of their own. However, Selkirk maintained their grip on the contest with four further scores from Scott Hendrie (2), Ross Nixon and Ewan MacDougall. One conversion by Ciaran Whyte and one by Josh Welsh completed the scoring.
The centre pairing of Lewis MacLennan and Ross Nixon proved a potent attacking force, as well as providing rock-solid defence when occasion demanded. Before leaving the field with a hand injury, wing Scott Hendrie made his presence felt in his first senior game since the Dundee HSFP fixture in mid-December.
A special mention goes to utility forward Max Gordon, who made a fleeting appearance from the replacements bench after gamely battled back to full fitness after almost five months on the sidelines.
Sadly he only lasted a couple of minutes before a yellow card sent him back to the technical area, although he did reappear for the final three minutes of the contest – the irony of the situation not being lost on the popular Kelso PE teacher.
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to Bonekele Siyothula.
SELKIRK - C. Whyte, T. Adams, L. MacLennan, R. Nixon, S. Hendrie, C. McColm, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Bett, B. Siyothula, P. Forrest, A. Renwick, M. Robertson, J. Mackay, E. MacDougall. Replacements: J. Welsh, C. McEwan, J. Houston, C. Graur, M. Gordon..