Boroughmuir Bears 25 Selkirk
Selkirk 2nds travelled to the city at the weekend,
just a stone's throw from the big game at Murrayfield, in Boroughmuir's fine Meggetland complex. The squad were
all a little reticent to think of winning due to their recent track record of results, however we all knew a change
of fortune was sure to be due soon.
The game commenced, and any thoughts of victory were put to the test when the home side ran in a very easy try
within 3 minutes of kick off, quickly followed by another (both unconverted). Although some spectators may have
feared the worst, Selkirk dug deep and started to take the game under their own control, then captain Scott Clark
opting to take a shot at the posts from a penalty some distance out, converted to take 3 points.
The game was then fairly balanced right through the half, with Selkirk picking up another 3 points from Clarky
but Boroughmuir picking up another unconverted try, being the only disappointing aspect of the rest of the half.
With the game still all to play for at 15 – 6 a few tactical changes were made and the second half proceeded very
evenly balanced for the first 20 minutes of the half until Boroughmuir punched through for an unconverted try.
At this point it would have been very easy to let the heads go down and let the game slip away, but no, the determined
young guns pulled their socks up and got on with it, resulting in a fine bit of play sending Kerr Gerrard over
the line in the corner which Clark converted with ease.
Knowing another converted try would bring the game back to level Selkirk upped the ante, forwards taking example
from Robbie Reilly's dogged determination and Jack Huston exemplifying how to take the ball forward and present
it back for recycling. The backs well marshalled by Clarky, with Rory Banks and Nico Povlovski carrying good ball,
it was not long before a good forwards platform allowed Clark weave through and go over under the posts which he
easily slotted over. 20 – 20 15 minutes to go, GAME ON!
With Selkirk very much on the ascendency it surely was only a matter of time before Selkirk nudged ahead and took
their first win in a long time..... but no ....CATASTROPHE! Jack Huston was yellow carded for coming in from the
side, then almost immediately Banks was shown the same card for what was an alleged deliberate knock on! Down to
13 men and trying to hang on to the draw by the skin of their teeth was the best Selkirk could hope for. With 3
minutes to go, the dreaded happened and the home side went over for an unconverted try. Game over... but still
a bonus point for the effort, and a huge improvement on previous weeks performances.
With the taste of an almost victory still hanging in the air, the brave Selkirk young guns retired to the bar to
watch the international, and think about what nearly was.
Team: S. Bristar, R. Rielly, M. Stanners, A. McColm, D. Alexander, L. Cassidy, J Huston H Borthwick,
L Davidson, S Clark (capt) D Cassidy, N Povlovski, L Martin, K Gerrard, C Stansfield, R Legge, W McClymont, J McGowan,