HARD-HITTING HAWICK SIDE PROVES
A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
Selkirk ‘A’ No. 8 Donald
Nichol sets off on another charge at Mansfield Haugh on Saturday.
[PHOTOS BY GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
Centre Ryan Cottrell
was in impressive form for Selkirk ‘A’.
sprints over for Selkirk’s opening try.
Hawick Force 38,
Selkirk ‘A’ 12
A FIRED-UP, hard-tackling Hawick
Force team ended Selkirk ‘A’s five-match unbeaten run in a one-sided encounter at Mansfield Haugh on Saturday.
The bigger home forwards had the visitors’ scrum on the retreat from the word go, and with Selkirk’s line-out not
functioning as efficiently as usual, the visitors’ threequarter line received scant possession throughout the game.
Hawick’s players made good use of the strong breeze at their backs in the first half and led 26-0 at the break,
thanks to tries from Steven Anderson (2), Reece Hartdegen and James Rowley. Fly-half Kirk Ford added three conversions.
Selkirk’s fortunes improved in the second half following the introduction of forwards replacement Josh Mackay,
whose secure ball-carrying and driving runs helped slow Hawick Force’s momentum.
This allowed the centre pairing of Jy Griffin and Ryan Cottrell to finally stretch the home defence, with first
Nathaniel Armstrong and then Cottrell himself crossing for much-needed Selkirk tries. Scott Clark added a conversion
to cut the deficit to 26-12.
Despite yellow cards being shown to Rowley, Ford and Gareth Welsh, Hawick put the issue beyond doubt with further
scores by Anderson and Gareth Welsh, the latter converted by his brother Glen.
In the closing stages of the match, Selkirk hooker Matty Francis became the fourth player to receive a yellow card
from referee Cammy Forrest.
The visitors suffered a late blow when prop Robbie Reilly had to leave the field with a dislocated finger (the
player undergoing surgery at the BGH on Sunday to reset it).
“The team got off to a disappointing start,” Selkirk ‘A’ coach Darren Hoggan sad after the match. “We were outmuscled
up front by Hawick, who deserved the win. The boys know they’ll have to work hard at training this week to sort
out the problems which cropped up today.”
SELKIRK ‘A’ - M. Brass, N. Armstrong, J. Griffin, R. Cottrell, M. Rutter, D. Cassidy, S. Clark, R. Reilly, M. Francis,
K. Thomson, J. Turnbull, L. Cassidy, Andrew McColm, A. Davidson, D. Nichol. Replacements: L. Blair, M. Mackay,
J. Mackay, K. Monks.
HAWICK FORCE – M. Bell, R. Hamilton, M. Tait, Glen Welsh, S. Anderson, K. Ford, Gareth Welsh, R. Macleod, R. Hartdegen,
J. Grant, K. McNeil, L. Martin, P. Drysdale, M. Parker, J. Rowley. Replacements: F. Robb, C. Sanders, N. Murray,
C. Mirk, D. Kubicki.
Referee – Cammy Forrest (Biggar).