Selkirk 'A' 14 - Biggar 2nds 19

Conditions were far from ideal as both teams looked to secure points in this Tennants National Reserve League Division 2 encounter.Selkirk A faced the wind in the first half with the forwards dominating up front with a series of pick and drives. Forcing Biggar onto the back foot a try seemed forthcoming and was soon delivered when veteran stand off David Cassidy sliced through the opposition defence with a deft show of pace and guile to put the home team in front. Cassidy coverted his own try to put Selkirk in an early lead 7-0. With the wind and rain increasing to their advantage, Biggar pinned Selkirk back into their own half and after some neat interplay from their backs, Biggar got on the scoreboard with an unconverted try.

Ex Club Captain Scott Tomlinson brought all his experience at scrum half to keep both the pack going forward and the back line moving, with Kieran Monks on the wing making hard yards after returning this week from New Zealand.

However with halftime approaching Biggar once again managed to break through the Selkirk defence to score a converted try to bring the score to 7-12 for the visitors at the half time whistle.

Selkirk started strongly in the second half with Harry Borthwick carrying well up front along with prop Matthew Francis.

With both teams tiring,holes were appearing in both defences and it was Selkirk who breached the line first. A kick ahead by Callum Anderson looked to be rolling dead, but with a mix up in defence, young Anderson pounced to make his scoring debut at Philiphaugh with a well taken try. With a difficult conversion to come Scott Clark, just back from injury, calmly slotted the kick from out wide to give the Souters a 14-12 lead going into the last period of the game.

Sustained pressure from Biggar continued with Selkirk conceding numerous penalties, and after a warning from the referee the inevitable happened and Biggar were awarded the penalty try, with Ruairi Wilson receiving a yellow card in the process after a high tackle prevented the visitors a score.

With time running out the Referee blew for full time, with Selkirk's only reward being a losing bonus point.

Final score 14-19


Bryan Hoggan

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