Selkirk 'A' 14 Currie Chieftains
Selkirk A team were well prepared for a tough shift
on Saturday, they knew full well in advance that the Currie Cheiftans visitors would be stronger, bigger, and very
well drilled, with Pro players supplementing their Premiership 1st team, then their second string was always going
to be superior to the Souters.
However the Selkirk young guns were ready for the task in hand and after a rousing team talk from Auld Cass and
Jason Hendrie they took the field primed for battle. Within the first 10 minutes the gulf between the 2 sides was
quickly demonstrated with 2 Currie tries one of which was converted. Sensing a whitewash on the cards the Selkirk
lads dug deep and for the next fifteen minutes put Currie under sustained pressure and were very unlucky not to
turn the pressure into points, Fraser Eason and Andrew McColm getting up in the Currie faces and making a downright
nuisance of themselves, with veteran David Cassidy along with young Ryan Cottrel punching holes in through the
backline, it made for very entertaining "David v Goliath" rugby.
Currie having the wind to their advantage managed to absorb the period of pressure and from the 25 minute mark
managed to run in another 3 tries of which 2 were converted. But the highlight of the first half was when after
a good old forward tussle Selkirk whipped the ball out to rookie Ryan Cottrell who with a shimmie and a turn managed
to extricate himself from all the grasping Currie hands and run the 40 yards to set the ball under the posts for
a 7 point try, Clarke kicking the conversion with ease. Half time score 7 – 31.
Making a few changes to allow the battered and bruised a bit respite the second half commenced and followed a similar
pattern as the first half with 2 converted Currie tries coming early on. Once again though the home side took a
deep breath and rallied, putting Currie under pressure from both backs and forwards Cassidy's boot using the wind
to great effect getting the Souters into the Currie last quarter many times. Strath Mackenzie capitalised from
a loose ball and weaved over the line for another home try, with Cassidy picking up the extra 2 points.
Currie though true to the form book were able to gain the ascendancy once again a finish the game fairly routinely
with 2 unconverted tries. Ending the game at 14 – 55. The score not quite reflecting the effort , guts and determination
applied by the underdogs, pleasing all the home spectators. It was also great to see the introduction of Selkirk
injury prone stalwart Callum McColm making his first appearance in nearly a year, and proving that he still has
what it takes in a Selkirk Jersey.
Team: M. Rutter, W. McClymont, R. Cottrell, J. Griffin, G. Ross, D. Cassidy, S. Clark, M. Francis, M. Stanners,
S. Bristar, C. Hume, D. Alexander, Fraser Easson, A. McColm, R. Cook, L. Cassidy, C. McColm, S. Mackenzie, S. Murdoch,
A. Davidson, C. Graur, G. Mallin.