SELKIRK’S LATE, LATE SHOW EDGES OUT JED-FOREST IN PHILIPHAUGH THRILLER

There’s no disguising Henry Bithray’s delight as he dives over to score Selkirk’s winning try.

Centre Callum Anderson jinks between two Jed defenders to set up another home attack.

Andy Mackay and Sean Rankin support ball-carrier Ross Purves.

Selkirk fly-half Aaron McColm tries to relieve pressure in his own ‘22’.

[Photos by GRANT KINGHORN PICS]


Selkirk 26, Jed-Forest 20

A TRY by full-back Henry Bithray deep into injury time clinched a dramatic victory for Selkirk in Saturday’s tense, keenly fought Tennent’s Premiership match against Jed-Forest at Philiphaugh
Moments earlier it looked as if the Royal Blues had snatched victory when Jed centre Rory Marshall sprinted over for a try in the scoreboard corner to put his team 20-19 in front with just three minutes left on the clock.
As full-time approached the Souters were awarded a penalty, which appeared to be kickable, but skipper Ewan MacDougall opted instead for a scrum. Tension built around the ground after a series of resets and front row collapses saw the game move into stoppage time.
The ball was eventually won by Selkirk and moved right to Aaron McColm, whose perfectly floated pass missed out Callum Anderson and found Bithray bursting down the right touchline. The Kiwi player gratefully grabbed the ball and sprinted in for the game’s decisive try.
It was the Riverside Park men who made all the running in the game’s early exchanges. The visitors took the lead in the 13th minute when Monty Mitchell’s pop-pass found right wing Callum Young, who sliced through the home back line to give a scoring pass to Robbie Yourston, who converted his own try.
Selkirk hit back five minutes before the interval, when a breenge by Ross Purves close to the Jed line was carried on by Ewan MacDougall, who proceeded to bulldoze his way past two defenders for a try. McColm’s conversion levelled the scores.
The home crowd’s joy was short-lived, however. Almost immediately Jed-Forest regained the lead when Calum Young’s devastating side-step left a handful of Selkirk defenders clutching at air, with the pacey wing’s touchdown making the interval score 12-7 in Jed’s favour.
After the break a Yourston penalty extended the Royal Blues’ lead to 15-7, but Selkirk capitalised on Jed indiscipline to score a brace of tries through Ross Purves and Scott McClymont, both the result of well executed rolling mauls. McColm’s conversion of the second score put the home side 19-15 ahead.
Marshall and Bithray’s late tries brought the match to its nail-biting conclusion, allowing Selkirk to halt a sequence of seven successive defeats at the hands of their old rivals.
The match saw Kiwi utility forward Sean Rankin make a confident debut for Selkirk off the bench, while two other home replacements – Harry Borthwick and Donald Nichol – both make massive contributions when they were introduced after 55 minutes
“The boys showed great composure to get back into the game,” Selkirk head coach Scott Wight said after the final whistle. “However, in the first half I thought we were poor, and that was clearly pointed out to the players at halftime!
“They reacted well, I’m pleased to say, and I thought we managed things very well in the final stages of the match. Getting the bonus point has given everyone a big lift.”
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to Ewan MacDougall.
SELKIRK – H. Bithray, J. Henry, J. Welsh, C. Anderson, L. Berte, Aaron McColm, L. Merolle, L. Pettie, R. Purves, M. Waldron, P. Forrest, D. Alexander, A. Mackay, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements: F. Anderson, R. Cottrell, S. Rankin, D. Nichol.
JED-FOREST – L. Young, C. Young, R. Marshall, R. Yourston, G. Young, M. Mitchell, N. Stingl, G. Paxton, F. Campbell, H. Meadows, M. Weekley, G. Law, B. McNeill, D. Grieve, D. Buckley. Replacements: A. Keeler, K. Lamont, J. McGough.
Referee – Graeme Ormiston (SRU).

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