FINAL QUARTER FLOURISH BY RESOLUTE ROYAL BLUES CONSIGNS SELKIRK TO LAST-GASP DEFEAT


Scrum-half Aaron McColm breaks through Jed-Forest’s defensive line at Riverside Park on Saturday.

Josh Welsh dives over in the corner for Selkirk’s first try, to the delight of team-mate Callum McNeill.

Despite the attentions of a Jed No. 8 Dom Buckley, James Bett barrels over for Selkirk’s second try.

Full-back Henry Bithray tries to evade a defender, watched by Scott McClymont and Sean Rankin.

Skipper Ewan MacDougall and the Selkirk players can’t hide their disappointment at the final whistle.

[Photos by GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

Jed-Forest 16, Selkirk 13

WITH only two Tennent’s Premiership fixtures surviving Saturday’s stormy weather, Jed-Forest took full advantage at Riverside Park to edge past Selkirk and in the process jump three places up the league table.
Ironically both teams appeared to perform best when playing into the stiff breeze. Selkirk dominated long periods of the opening half, but were given little breathing room by Jed’s hard-tackling defenders, with the home back row of Young, Weekley and Buckley prominent.
The visitors took the lead after seven minutes when sustained pressure on the home line resulted in centre Josh Welsh scoring the afternoon’s first try.
A penalty by home centre Robbie Yourston then reduced the deficit, and soon afterwards Jed fly-half Gary Munro crossed for a try, converted by Yourston, to put the Royal Blues 10-5 ahead.
Just before the interval Selkirk managed to draw level. An overlap wide out saw Ross Nixon fire out a pass to James Bett, and despite the ball arriving at ankle-height, the hooker did well to safely gather it in and crash over for a try in the corner. Halftime score: Jed-Forest 10, Selkirk 10.
Although Selkirk began the second half in confident style, taking the lead through an Aaron McColm penalty, Jed’s players began to win an increasing share of possession and territory, with the balance of power shifting in the home team’s favour the longer the game went on.
A second Yourston penalty drew Jed level, and with just two minutes left on the clock Gary Munro stepped up to send over the match-winning penalty following a scrum infringement.
Once again Selkirk were well served by their lock forward Sean Rankin, who had another hugely impressive 80 minutes, while Luke Pettie and Bruce Riddell were always in the thick of the action.
“We began to lose our shape in the second half,” Selkirk skipper Ewan MacDougall told the selkirkrfc.com website after the match, “and weren’t able to play the game in the right areas.
“This Saturday’s home fixture against Marr is going to be another tough test, and the coaches will be looking for everybody to pull out all the stops at training this week. The boys showed what they’re capable of against Currie, and we’ll need to rediscover that level of intensity on Saturday.”
JED-FOREST – L. Young, C. Young, R. Marshall, R. Yourston, J. Laing, G. Munro, J. McGough, P. Ferreira, F. Campbell, H. Meadows, B. Saxton, G. Law, G. Young, M. Weekley, D. Buckley. Replacements: G. Paxton, E. Lauder, D. Grieve, N. Stingl, M. Mitchell.
SELKIRK – H. Bithray, C. McNeill, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, F. Anderson, C. Anderson, Aaron McColm, L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, P. Forrest, S. Rankin, J. Mackay, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall Replacements: Andrew McColm, A. Mackay, H. Borthwick, L. Berte, R. Cottrell.
Referee: J. Perriam (SRU).

HIGHLIGHTS OF JED V SELKIRK 11/01

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