NORTHERN LIGHTS UNDIMMED, AS
SELKIRK’S SEARCH FOR ELUSIVE VICTORY CONTINUES
Aaron McColm – made
welcome comeback appearance.
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR 25, SELKIRK
DESPITE having taken a 17-7 lead midway through
the first half, a below par second half display saw Selkirk slip to their ninth straight defeat, with hosts Aberdeen
deservedly recording only their second league win of the season.
With both sides considerably below strength – Selkirk’s coaches reckoning they had no fewer than 15 senior squad
members unavailable – it was the Rubislaw players who showed the greater determination, denying the visitors possession
for prolonged periods after the break.
If there were plus-points for the Souters, then the sight of their Scotland Club XV fly-half, Aaron McColm, coming
off the bench for the final 30 minutes of the contest was perhaps the most satisfying.
Way back in August, In Selkirk’s first competitive fixture of this season – a friendly against Kelso at Philiphaugh
- the talented 24-year-old sustained a ‘subluxation’, a partial or incomplete dislocation of the shoulder.
His long rehab regime now over, supporters at Philiphaugh will be hoping Aaron is available for the upcoming spring
Other bright spots for the visitors included a 1st XV debut for 19-year-old back row player Blair Shiell, in what
was his first game of the season, plus openside flanker Jamie Turnbull making his start for Selkirk’s 1st XV.
The visitors were caught cold almost immediately from the kick-off – Patrick Mulholland scoring a try for the visitors
following a rolling maul, with Sam Knudson adding the conversion.
A penalty try awarded following a scrum on Aberdeen’s 5-metre line saw Selkirk draw level at 7-7, and soon afterwards
tries by Ben Pickles (his seventh of the season) and Callum McNeill put the visitors 17-7 ahead.
The home side hit back through an interception try by Knudson and another score by Craig Shepherd, converted by
Knudson, edging Aberdeen 19-17 ahead at the interval.
The game developed into a one-sided affair after the break, with Aberdeen showing the greater intent and extending
their lead through two Knudson penalties.
There was no further scoring, and although Aberdeen Grammar have already been relegated, and next season will play
their rugby in Tennent’s National 1, on Saturday’s showing they may be down, but they’re certainly not out.
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR: S Rutledge; C Shepherd, D Russell, S Ryan, B Renton; S Knudson, M Running; Y Ahmananache, G Robertson,
L Buchan, C Walker, C McCall, P Mullholland, B Inglis. C Buchan. Replacements: A Glen, J Burnett, S Renfrew, A
Fitzgerald, A McFarlane.
SELKIRK: C Anderson; C McNeill, B Pickles, R Nixon, A Penman; S Clark, E McVicker. L Pettie, J Bett, Z Szwagrzak,
Andrew McColm, D Broatch, R Cook, J Turnbull, E MacDougall. Replacements: T Maguire, M Haldane, B Shiell, Aaron
McColm, G Nicol.
Referee: Calum Worsley.