Biggar 2nd 19 – Selkirk 'A' 7

The 2nds travelled to Hartree Mill on Saturday, knowing they were going to be up against it, with Biggar first team having had their game cancelled by the opposition, and a sponsored lunch already in place for the day. It was a pretty much a certainty the 2nd 15 would be peppered with experience from the higher echelons.

Standard miserable conditions for a Selkirk team playing at Biggar were in place, with constant drizzle combined with a cold Westerly wind.However Selkirk took a deep breath, pulled on the boots and just got on with the job at hand. Things were pretty scrappy to begin with, both teams taking some time to get settled into the game and not much threat of scoring either way. The only notable points of interest in the early stages were, Selkirk losing young Rory Hamilton to an ankle injury and Biggar missing a perfectly kickable penalty. The stalemate continued until the 25 minute mark when Biggar went over for the first try of the game which was converted.
Selkirk dug deep, drew some strength from going behind and upped the ante- the remainder of the half seeing Selkirk push forward, and some decent play developed, both in attack and defence. The pinnacle of this effort coming just on half time when Fraser Easson went over for a try which was finely slotted over by Scott Hendrie to bring the half to an end all square at 7 points each.

The second half got under way and both teams gave no quarter, both sides attacking with ferocity and defending with heart, even though the weather did make for a few knock ons and slipped passes. With Selkirk tiring ¾ way through he game, Biggar capitalised with a converted try. From this point Selkirk once more rallied and stepped up a gear, and with 15 mins to go Biggar had a man yellow carded for playing the scrum half off the ball.. this on another day may have been the catalyst to push on for the win, however only 2 mins later Strath Mackenzie was also sin binned for planting an opponent headfirst in the Hartree mud with what was deemed to be an illegal tackle..

Selkirk’s day was summed up in the final stages when a Hendrie clearance kick was charged down for an un converted try finishing the game 19 – 7 for the home side. However all said and done, Selkirk could draw a lot of positives from the game, having held their own against a somewhat bolstered side, with a sizable home support, in pretty bleak conditions. Strong performances of skill and character coming from Griffin, Martin, McDougall, Wilson, Hume and captain McDonald. With a special mention for coach Jordan McGowan pulling on his boots and filling in at tighthead prop admirably for the final 20 mins.

Team – Rory Hamilton, Lewis martin, Craig McDougall Jy Griffin, Kieran Monks, Callum McColm, Scott Tough, Stefan Bristar, Ruairi Wilson, Mikey Waldron, Callum Hume, Fergus McKerracher, Fraser Easson, Robert Cook, Scott McDonald, Scott Hendrie, Wullie McClymont, Strath Mackenzie, Matthew Stanners, Jordan McGowan.

Report - Donny Mackenzie