CURRIE CHIEFTAINS CALL THE SHOTS
AS SELKIRK EXIT SCOTTISH CUP AT FIRST HURDLE
Selkirk full-back Henry
Bithray leaves Currie’s Adam Hall in his wake to score Selkirk’s first try.
No stopping Selkirk wing Ryan Cottrell as he dives over the line for his sixth try of the season.
Selkirk lock forward Peter Forrest hits the heights to secure line-out possession for Selkirk.
[Photos by GRANT KINGHORN
Armstrong scores Selkirk’s third try.
Skipper Ewan MacDougall
was always in the thick of the action.
Selkirk 21, Currie
A MUCH-CHANGED Selkirk side simply
had no answer to a powerful, high-intensity performance by Currie Chieftains in Saturday’s first round Scottish
Cup tie at Philiphaugh.
Trailing 32-0 after 49
minutes, the home team did manage to hit back with three tries in the game’s later stages, but by then the visitors
had already booked their place in the competition’s second round draw.
Playing into the wind, Selkirk found themselves pinned deep in their own territory for long periods of the first
half, with Currie’s task facilitated by a string of penalties being awarded against the home team.
The writing was on the wall as early as the third minute, when Currie lock Mike Vernel took an offload in midfield
and cut through the home defence from the ‘22’ to score under the posts without a hand laid on him.
Just before halftime Selkirk skipper Ewan MacDougall was asked by referee Ross Mabon to warn his players about
persistent infringing at the breakdown, but ironically it was the home number eight himself who was yellow-carded
at the next ruck for coming in from the side.
Currie managed to add two more tries before the interval through Charlie Brett and Gregor Hunter (who went on to
amass a personal haul of 19 points from his try, two penalties and four conversions), making the score at the break
25-0 in the visitors’ favour.
The point of no return for the Souters came 10 minutes into the second half when Currie’s giant-sized replacement
prop, Cairn Ramsey, set off on a charge from the halfway line and managed to score under the posts without being
Stung into action, Selkirk finally found their attacking edge, producing tries for Henry Bithray (one of the home
team’s best performers on the day) and Ryan Cottrell, both converted by scrum-half Scott Clark.
Two tries by Currie’s comeback centre Robbie Nelson underlined the visitors’ dominance. One of the biggest cheers
of the day was reserved for Selkirk’s teenage replacement wing Nathaniel Armstrong, who took Bithray’s offload
to run in for a try to cap his 1st XV debut.
After the match Selkirk coach Scott Wight admitted it had been a disappointing result, while stressing that meeting
a team like Currie in the cup was a good yardstick to judge themselves against at this point in the season.
“Nathaniel coming in and getting a try is brilliant for him, and Matty Francis getting 20-25 minutes is also positive.
It’s important we keep developing young players at Selkirk, for that’s the backbone of this club, having so many
local guys in it.
“That said we were off the pace today and got beaten by a better team. How easily they were scoring tries was the
most disappointing thing. We’ve now got a couple of weeks to regroup and get fully prepared for our next game at
home to Edinburgh Accies.”
SELKIRK – H. Bithray, F. Anderson, A. McColm, L. Martin, R. Cottrell, C. Anderson, S. Clark, S. Rankin, J. Bett,
B. Riddell, D. Alexander, A. Renwick, D. Nichol, J. Mackay, E. MacDougall. Replacements: L. Pettie, P. Forrest,
M. Francis, L. Berte, N. Armstrong.
CURRIE – C. Brett, S. Hamilton, A. Hall, R. Nelson, A. Maclean, G. Hunter, C. Lessels, G. Carson, F. Scott, M.
Argiro, M. Vernel, M. Poole, H. Ferguson, J. O’Brien, W. Nelson. Replacements: E. Blair, C. Ramsey, S. Edwards,
C. Meager, F. Sayers.
Referee – Ross Mabon (SRU).