|Selkirk Seconds hosted Hawick second string on Friday
night under the lights at Philiphaugh. It had that old fashonied buzz of a Border Derby. Hawick were undefeated
in six games all with bonus points prior to this encounter. Selkirk were well rehearsed for the occasion after
an excellent turn out at training the night before and the players were well fired up for the big occasion.
As soon as the game started, the tempo was set for the entire encounter- fast paced & hard, but fair, typical
of Local Derby borders rugby, with some hits and tackles going in from both sides.
The young Selkirk squad stepped up to the plate immensely, absorbing the Hawick pressure very,ably assisted by
a peppering of 'wise auld heids' in the form of Gavin Craig, Mikey Davies and Darren Clapperton across the Selkirk
However on the 10minute mark, a silly mistake gifted the Hawick side the opportunity to edge in front with a penalty,
which they duly converted. It took until the 29th minute before a similar opportunity came the way of Selkirk,
however, on this occaision the penalty kick went sailing past the post. Rather than be despondent with this, Selkirk
rallied once again after a period of hard fought defensive play, Gavin Craig taking possession inside the Selkirk
22, dancing through a gap in the Hawick line like Rudolph Nureyev and linking up with Darren Clapperton who took
it the rest of the way with ease, for a lovely try which was subsequently converted.
Both teams knew the game was anyone’s in the second half and came out,all guns blazing,Hawick picking up another
3 points from a penalty kick on the 50 minute mark making the score 7 – 6.
Although both teams tried fresh legs to edge in front later in the 2nd half, ultimately, determined play by underdogs
Selkirk,eventually wore the clock down, quashing attack after attack after attack by the stuffy Hawick side. When
the final whistle came the Selkirk side were quite rightly elated, and there were looks of bitter disappointment
on the Hawick faces, they knew they had been beaten by the better side.
It is difficult to single any one person out for praise as the whole team worked tirelessly together to grind out
this win. However Jack Houston, Scott McDonald and Ruairi Wilson, spearheaded so many drives and continuation phases
they must have shoulders of steel, and the afore mentioned old heads in the back line certainly did their bit.
It was also good to see last year’s New Zealand worthy Jackson Wallace return and put in a hard shift for the second
half at flanker.
A special mention must go to 2nds prop Jimmy Stephen who became a dad (wee boy) at the weekend
Team: Scott Tough, Kieran Monks, Darren Clapperton, Jy Griffin, Fraser Anderson, Gavin Craig,
Mikey Davies, Robbie Rielly, Ruairi Wilson, Kieran Thompson, Jack Houston, Robert Cook, Fraser Easson, Wullie McLymont,
Scott McDonald, Jackson Wallace, Gavin Ross Allan Rutter, Steffan Bristar, Hamish Robertson.