OUT-OF-SORTS SELKIRK FIND GOING
TOUGH AGAINST NEVER-SAY-DIE FIFERS
Selkirk lock forward Jordan
McGowan off-loads the ball to team-mate Frazer Anderson in Saturday’s BT National League 1 fixture against Howe
of Fife at Philiphaugh.
[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
Howe of Fife scrum-half
Andrew Harley can only watch as centre Scott Hendrie scores the first of his two tries for Selkirk in Saturday’s
mascots were Selkirk Rhinos’ P3 players Gregor Borthwick (left) and Thomas Tait, both of whom attend Knowepark
SELKIRK 36, HOWE OF FIFE 31
IF a week is a long time in politics, then two
months in rugby can seem like an eternity. In a cup tie at the start of the season, Selkirk ran in 11 tries and
posted a 47-point winning margin against Howe of Fife. Nine weeks later against the same opponents, Selkirk trailed
the Fifers until the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s match, securing victory thanks to late tries by Scott Hendrie
and Scott McDonald.
It didn’t help the Souters’ cause that the club’s recent injury jinx shows no signs of abating. Centre Craig MacDougall
was laid low by a ‘flu virus on the morning of the game, while winger Rory Banks twisted his ankle in the pre-match
warm-up and could take no part in proceedings.
This late double blow resulted in senior call-ups for Frazer Anderson and Gavin Ross, both of whom had been listed
to play for Selkirk’s ‘A’ XV in a reserve league game against Aberdeenshire 2nds on the Philiphaugh back pitch.
“It wasn’t ideal having to make these late changes,” Selkirk skipper Ross Nixon told the selkirkrfc.com web site
after the final whistle, “and this was the fourth match in a row we’ve had to field a different centre combination.
“All credit to Howe of Fife though, who battled hard and kept us under pressure throughout the game. They might
be propping up the table, but today’s match shows just how competitive our league is this season.
“I thought we played all right in phases, but the boys know they have to keep their concentration and stay switched
on for 80 minutes. Next week’s game against Jed is going to be a tough assignment, a real Border derby, so we won’t
be able to afford any lapses.”
One of Selkirk’s stand-out players on the day was the club’s utility threequarter Frazer Anderson. Having been
drafted into the team at the last minute, the youngster hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon, making a couple
of try-saving tackles as well as scoring one of the home team’s six tries.
Equally prominent was the Souters’ player-coach Kieran Cooney, whose commitment, leadership and ability to read
the game helped steer the home side through some rocky passages of play.
The match marked the 50th senior appearance of Selkirk hooker Ruairi Wilson, who came off the replacements bench
after the break. The player who replaced him in the starting line-up, Peter Forrest, passed the same milestone
a fortnight ago.
Selkirk’s tries were scored by Jordan McGowan, Scott Hendrie (2), Dave Allan, Frazer Anderson and Scott McDonald.
Fly-half Ciaran White kicked three conversions.
Howe of Fife’s try scorers were Shaun Gray, Duncan McIntyre and Eden Cruickshank. Fly-half Dom Martin added four
penalties and two conversions.
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ Award went to Frazer Anderson.
SELKIRK - D. Clapperton, F. Anderson, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, D. Allan, C. Whyte, J. Wallace, K. Cooney, P. Forrest,
M. Waldron, J. McGowan, S. Nixon E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, A. Renwick. Replacements: G. Ross, R. Wilson, C.
Graur, S. McDonald, D. Nichol.
HOWE OF FIFE – S. Gray, B. Mitchell, D. McIntyre, S. Lathangie, E. Cruickshank, D. Martin, A. Harley, A. Whittle,
C. Crawford, G. Henderson, N. Rees, P. Meiklem, J. Macdonald, J. Lawrie, G. Steedman.
Referee – Lewis Harrison (RFU).