Selkirk 'A'16, Marr 2nds 59

 Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.

Following 2 Saturdays where the opponents could not fulfil their fixtures, Selkirk 2nds were relishing the thought of getting some rugby played with Marr coming to visit this weekend. With a full squad of 22 players, and more on the side-lines coming back from injury, it is clear that Selkirk have the strength and depth of squad to ensure they are not cancelling fixtures due to lack of numbers.
However it was always known that visitors Marr were going to be a tough outfit to play, with their first team now playing in the premier league, and investing in players accordingly, to boost their squad for the top flight. Selkirk were very clearly going to be the underdogs on the day. However this certainly did not look the case when Selkirk took the field and grasped the initiative almost immediately. With concentrated effort in and around the Marr 25, resulted in 2 early penalty kicks, the second of which was converted by Scott Clark, on 6 minutes. The Selkirk pressure did not stop and the pressure pot of play remained in the Marr half, with Selkirk securing another 2 penalty kicks through Clark, before succumbing to an unconverted try against the run of play by Marr.
Selkirk dug deep though and dusted themselves off after that disappointment and replied with a fine try by scrum half Mikey Davies, converted by Clark on the half hour. As the Selkirk side tired from the constant pressure they had been exerting against a bigger more physical side, Marr finished the half with 2 tries in quick succession, one of which was converted to finish the half just ahead, with the score at 16 -17.
Disappointingly, but not unexpectedly, the second half continued with Marr picking up where they left off, running in 6 tries at regular intervals throughout the second half (all converted), with Selkirk having to work hard to keep the score down.

The 16 – 59 scoreline did not reflect the effort that The Souters had put in. As a unit it was by far their best team performance of the season, and the dogged determination of the little men with big hearts was a pleasure to watch. Hero of the day was Ryan Sheill, the way in which the slight lad took down some of the big hitters in defence, while made attacking breaks like a man twice his size. Other notable performances came from try scorer Mikey Davies captain Scott McDonald and a wee mention should go to Matty Francis for making his senior rugby debut. Although many other players should also deserve a mention, but one can’t list the whole team! They can all hold their heads high……

Team: G.Ross, K. Gerrad, Jy Griffen, F. Easson, R. Sheill, Scott Clark, M. Davies, R, Reilly, R. Wilson, K. Thompson, M. Stanners, R. Cook, W. McClymont, S. Mackenzie, S. McDonald, A. Rutter, G. Craig, K. Monks, S, Bristar, J. Stephen, M. Francis M. Aziz.