EXPERIENCED CURRIE CHIEFTAINS TEAM PUSHED ALL THE WAY BY NEVER-SAY-DIE SELKIRK ‘A’

Scott Clark prepares to gather the ball from a scrum in Saturday’s match against Currie Chieftains.

Rory Hamilton relieves pressure with a kick upfield, watched by team-mate Nathaniel Armstrong.

Selkirk number eight Ross Purves looks for a gap to exploit as Kieran Thomson awaits developments.

Fly-half Rory Hamilton calls for reinforcements after being collared by a Currie Chieftains player.

[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Selkirk ‘A’ 18, Currie Chieftains ‘A’ 19

DESPITE the atrocious conditions, both sides contributed to a great exhibition of rugby in Saturday’s Tennent’s Reserve League East 1 fixture at Philiphaugh.
With player/coach David Cassidy promoted to the 1st XV and forwards coach Darren Hoggan unavailable, David’s father Brian and Darren’s brother Bryan took over coaching duties - 15 years after taking up the position for the ‘A’ XV back in 2004-05.
It was the Selkirk pack who put in the hard yards in the early stages, with Ross Purves and Derry Alexander leading the way.
A line kick by Nathaniel Armstrong put Currie under pressure, and prop Michael Waldron emerged from a pile of bodies to claim the first try.
It was then Currie’s turn to go through the phases, and from close-range Euan Blair went over for a try converted by Sam Leto, making the halftime score 5-7 in the visitors’ favour.
An early penalty by Scott Clark put the Souters in front, before Currie scored against the run of play when Fraser McKay ran a great line to go over for a try, Leto again converting.
Currie then hit a purple patch which saw tighthead prop Nick Thompson crashed over to take the score to 19-8
A further penalty by Clark saw Selkirk go all-out for more scores in the final five minutes of the match. They were rewarded with a pushover try by Ross Purves in the very last play of the game, converted once more by Clark, giving the Souters a deserved bonus point.
This was a great team effort from the boys in blue with skipper Liam Cassidy - later named Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ - and Matthew Francis showing up well in the loose, and young Sam Cockburn making an impact off the bench on the wing.
SELKIRK – F. Anderson, C. Young, L. Martin, H. Aynsley, N. Armstrong, R. Hamilton, S. Clark, K. Thomson, M. Francis, R. Reilly, D. Alexander, S. Wilson, L. Cassidy, A. Davidson, N. Purves. Replacements: M. Waldron, P. Smail, H. Macdonell, S. Cockburn, M. Rutter.
CURRIE – F. Sayers, A. Cleland, C. Hunter, F. McKay, T. Clark, S. Leto, C. Lessels, E. Blair, R. Mackenzie, N. Thompson, S. Edwards, J. O’Brien, R. Wilson, C. Haggart, H. Ferguson. Replacements: I. Dunsire, R. Clark, R. Niven, A. Housego.
Referee – Matthew Wilkie (Kelso).

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