Dundee HSFP RFC 34, Selkirk 14


It was a Selkirk side missing a number of first team regulars who took to the pitch at Mayfield to face a Dundee HSFP team who had, to the surprise of many, struggled in the opening games of the Tennentís National One season, although an away win against fellow strugglers Cartha Queens Park the previous week would no doubt have boosted the home teamís confidence.

Selkirk were under the cosh from the whistle and succumbed to Dundeeís pressure before the 5th minute of the game had passed. Selkirk cleared a line out in their own 22 only to see Duncan McIntyre finish off a flowing move from the home side. The try was easily converted by Scouler, giving Dundee an early 7 point advantage.

Selkirk soaked up the Dundee pressure and on the 17th minute turned the tables when Andrew McColm, making an impressive first team debut, crossed over for his first senior try. Rory Banks slotted the conversion to take the extras and tie the game at 7-7.

A resurgent Dundee side re-took the lead after 25 minutes when McIntyre crossed over for his second of the day, only to see the conversion missed and the advantage held at 5 points. 12-7.

The last minutes of the first half saw some sustained Selkirk pressure in the home teamís half, which was finished off by Peter Forrest. Banks converted to take the half time score to Dundee HSFP 12 Selkirk 14.

Dundee made a couple of changes at the break and the second half belonged to the home side who scored 22 unanswered points, with scores from Farquhar, Díeath and Hall, with the extras being added by Scouler. 

The game wasn't as unbalanced as the score suggests. Selkirk had their fair share of the ball but failed to make any inroads against a well drilled Dundee defence. 

Several young players made their senior debuts including Andrew McColm Matthew Francis and Derry Alexander and all showed up well .

Team: B. Riddell, P. Forrest, J. Anderson, A. Renwick, A. McKay, A. McColm, S. McClymont, S. Nixon, S. Tough, R. Banks, R. Hamilton, R. Nixon, D. Cassidy, F. Anderson, D. Clapperton (captain). Replacements: R. Cook, D. Alexander, M. Francis, L. Martin, R. Cottrell.