Stewarts Melville 2nds 19, Selkirk 'A' 50.

Photos Grant Kinghorn pics.

Both Selkirk teams travelled together up to Inverleith to take on Stewarts Melville on Saturday, however the Edinburgh traffic put paid to any chance the second string had of blowing away the cobwebs from the bus journey and a having a fully prepared warm up, arriving in Ferry Road a bit tight for time. And this was quite evident in the opening quarter of the match. Selkirk were not quite at the races, much to the dissatisfaction of the coaching team. Some poor handling, missed tackles and spillages in contact made the Edinburgh men look the better team. This certainly proved to be the case when on the 20 minute mark Stew Mel went over for the first try of the match which was converted easily.
This did seem to give the Selkirk side the kick up the proverbial that was required to lift their game, as subsequently Max Gordon who had just came on for injured Scott McDonald, broke through with Robert Cook backing him up to take the scoring pass, the conversion was admirably slotted over by Jackson Wallace. The Edinburgh side soon realised they were not going to have it their all their own way anymore and pulled themselves together again, mustering another converted try just before half time, but that was not to be the end of the half, with Selkirk pressing forward the home side gave away a penalty within kicking distance which Allan Rutter drove above and between the sticks to finish the half at 14 – 10.
With a mixture of stern words and encouragement from Cassiday, Hendrie and McGowan during the interval, the second half kicked off. Selkirk who had a full complement of 22 players strategically used their bench to rest some legs and freshen things up, (and continued to do so to great effect throughout the half). With this in mind it did not take long to demonstrate that the second half was going to be a totally different affair altogether. With some champagne rugby on show Selkirk stepped up to the plate and commanded the second half, running in a total of 6 tries in the second half. 5 of which were converted by the effervescent Kiwi Jackson Wallace on his last game for Selkirk before returning home to run the family farm. The home side never really got a chance to get in the half and only managed one unconverted consolation try late in the game. Selkirk tries in the second half came from evergreen Angus Duckett (2) who was also playing his last game in Selkirk colours, Robbie Reilly, Allan Rutter, Jackson Wallace, and Kieran Monks. It was difficult to single any individual player out for special mention, however similar to the previous week jack Houston played his part in the boiler house and open play, while Steffan Bristar carried out his propping duties without flaw against a much bigger opponent, and Gavin Craig marshalled the back line and danced through the opposition to great effect. The game ended Stewarts Melville 19 – Selkirk 50. To top off the fine days rugby it was encouraging to see the referee stay for the full 80 minutes this week……. All in all a good day at the office.

Selkirk squad: Kieran Monks, Allan Rutter, Doug Swinbanks, Jy Griffin, Ryan Shiell, Gavin Craig, Jackson Wallace, Steffan Bristar, Matty Stanners, Robbie Reilly, Connor Ward, Jack Houston, Robert Cook, Scott McDonald Matt Robertson, Moshin Aziz, Fraser Easson, Strath Mackenzie, Wullie McClymont Scott Tough, Max Gordon Angus Duckett.