Kelso 29, Selkirk 42


Selkirk travelled to Poynder Park for the BT N1 match on Saturday with the conditions ideal for running rugby. The corresponding fixture before the turn of the year had proved a close encounter with Selkirk snatching victory with a last minute try.
The visitor were determined to get a positive start given their last two away matches poor first half performances. Inexplicably Selkirk started very slowly once again and after only six minutes they were 14 points down thanks to two quick tries by firstly captain Tait after a maul near the Selkirk line and then by Irvine after a quick break up the middle by Mein and Skeen allowing the back row player to score near the corner flag ,Dods converting both.
Then Selkirk came to life scoring two tries by full back Hamilton, one of which was converted by McColm . McColm then converted a penalty kick to close the gap even further.
The match was very open with attacks well on top. Kelso were next to score with a penalty kick by Dods,. With half time approaching Josh Welsh scored an unconverted try, however the scoring was not over , after a mistake in defence by Selkirk, Kelso stand off Skeen ran in from the half way line for converted try.
Half time score Kelso 24. Selkirk 20.
Selkirk started the second half with a try from Capt Ross Nixon after some great open rugby from the visiting back line, the try was successfully converted by McColm. Then Man of the Match Darren Clapperton put Selkirk in the lead for the first time in the game ,ripping through the defence open to score under the posts, McColm having his conversion charged down. Arron made amends by kicking another penalty for an offside infringement by the Kelso backline.
Kelso then hit back with an unconverted try by hooker Henderson after a line out near the Selkirk line, Dods missing the conversion. With the game coming to the end , Clapperton again broke the defensive line from far out and score under the posts for a simple conversion by McColm
Final score Kelso 29..Selkirk 42.
The Selkirk support were delighted to see Vice Captain Ewan Macdougall in his first full game back after a two months on the sidelines.


 Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.