HAWICK JUST HAVE THE EDGE FOLLOWING HARD-FOUGHT TUSSLE IN THE PHILIPHAUGH MUD


Peter Forrest and Andrew McColm get ready for a line-out throw at Philiphaugh on Saturday.

Callum McNeill sprints for the line to score Selkirk’s try, with Andrew McColm pointing the way.

Sean Rankin takes the ball forward in the Philiphaugh mud, watched by team-mate Andy Mackay.

Scott McClymont makes a break, with referee Chelsea Gillespie keeping a close eye on proceedings.

Muddied but unbowed – Ross Nixon leads his players from the field after the final whistle.

[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Selkirk 7, Hawick 13

DESPITE still sitting at the top of Pool B, Selkirk’s chances of making the Booker Border League play-off final now look decidedly slim following Saturday’s narrow defeat by Hawick in the Philiphaugh glaur.
If the Greens win their remaining matches against Peebles and Kelso, they will secure the right to face Jed-Forest to decide who will lift the oldest club rugby trophy in the world for season 2019-2020.
Missing Scotland Club XV players Ewan MacDougall and Aaron McColm, and with vice-skipper Luke Pettie unavailable, Selkirk were forced to make a number of changes to their normal starting line-up.
‘A’ XV player/coach David Cassidy was drafted in at full-back, while Ross Nixon made a typically unselfish gesture by agreeing to Scott Wight’s request to swap his usual position at inside centre and slot into Selkirk’s back row at blindside flanker.
Not only that, the 31-year-old was also given the captaincy. “I really quite enjoyed it,” Ross told the selkirkrfc.com website after the game. “I’ve played wing-forward once before, against Marr a couple of seasons ago, so it wasn’t a totally new experience.
“The greasy underfoot conditions meant it was never going to be an open game, and both sets of forwards spent most of the afternoon guddling about in the mud.
“I suppose you could say it was another of those matches where we had enough chances to win it, but just couldn’t get over the line. That’s happened a few times to us this season, which is a bit frustrating.”
Consistently one of Selkirk’s biggest-hearted players, it came as no surprise when Ross was awarded the Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award, although prop Sean Rankin must have run him close.
Hawick took the lead with a try by full-back Mully Bannerman, and that’s the way things stood at halftime with the visitors holding on to their 5-0 lead.
A fine try by Callum McNeill under the posts, converted by David Cassidy, put Selkirk 7-5 ahead, but a runaway score by Kirk Ford and a penalty from the boot of Ally Weir was enough to seal the result in the Mansfield men’s favour.
SELKIRK – D. Cassidy, C. McNeill, R. Cottrell, H. Bithray, L. Berte, C. Anderson, L. Merolle, S. Rankin, J. Bett, B. Riddell, P. Forrest, A. Mackay, R. Nixon, S. McClymont, A. McColm. Replacements: J. Turnbull, M. Haldane, J. Welsh, J. Griffin.
HAWICK – M. Bannerman, R. McKean, A. Redpath, G. Walker, L. Gordon-Woolley, B. Donaldson, G. Welsh, D. Johnstone, R. Hartdegen, C. Bachurzewski, A. Piotrowski, D. Suddon, J. Linton, B. McNeil, S. Fairbairn. Replacements: C. Renwick, R. Macleod, R. Toogood, M. Carryer, G. Welsh, A. Weir, K. Ford.
Referee – Chelsea Gillespie (SRU).

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