Musselburgh 2nds 25, Selkirk'A' 24

The 2nds travelled to Pinkie Park on Saturday to take on Musselburgh 2nds albeit with a shortage of front row cover, and all credit to Ruairi Wilson for starting the game with a hamstring injury. However it was not to be when 5 minutes into the game the Ruairi clearly could not continue and had to retire, resulting in uncontested scrums for the rest of the game. Soon afterwards Musselburgh broke the deadlock with a try against the run of play which was not converted. Musselburgh took the initiative from this and dominated for a period resulting in their 2nd unconverted try on the 30 minute mark. Digging deep and with a few motivational words and inspiration taken from the players huddle, Selkirk responded admirably with a fine try by Kerr Gerrad, which Scott Clarke converted with ease. With the half time whistle coming soon after.

With Selkirk on the ascendancy starting the second half, some fine team play from both forwards and backs resulted in a second try for Gerrad which was again converted by Clark. However a knock to the ribs of Scott Tough who had been marshalling the backline admirably from scrum half, meant a re-shuffle was required and Musselburgh capitalised on this with 2 swift tries within minutes of each other (none of which was converted). With the score at 20-14 and Selkirk weary from battling it looked like the game was heading out of reach, however a resurgence from the Selkirk forwards with new recruit Matty Stanners showing promise and a man of the match performance from Callum Hume, Selkirk clawed the game back, via a penalty kick struck well by Clark and a try scrambled over the line by Gavin Ross (again slotted over by Clark) took the game into the final minutes with Selkirk leading 20 24. However on the day it was not to be as with less than 5 minutes to go Musselburgh punched a hole in the Selkirk defence and stole an unconverted try to finish the match ahead at 25 -24. Coaches Hendrie and McGowan can draw plenty positives with the bonus point performance and are relishing the challenge of the coming weeks with a good mix of talent and attitudes to work with.

Team: Rory Hamilton, Kieran Monks, Jy Griffin, Fraser Easson, Kerr Gerrad, Scott Clarke, Scott Tough, Kieran Thompson, Matthew Stanners, Ruairi Wilson, Callum Hume, Jack Houston, Max Gordon, Strath Mackenzie, Robert Cook, Jamie Turnbull Gavin Ross, Ryan Legge, Darren Knox.