Selkirk wing Josh Welsh puts in a deft grubber kick in the lead-up to Selkirk’s first try on Saturday…

… scored in the corner by hooker James Bett, to the delight of team-mates Thomas Brown & Luke Pettie.

Selkirk’s second try scorer, Andrew McColm, is congratulated by Scott Clark, who added the conversion.

Currie’s James McCaig makes a bid to escape the clutches of Selkirk’s James Bett & Andrew Cochrane.

Selkirk debutant Vilikesa Wara prepares to fire out a pass, watched by a clutch of Currie defenders.

[Photos – JOHN SMAIL]


‘IT’S an ill wind that blows nobody any good’, so the saying goes. However, this certainly didn’t prove the case for Currie Chieftains at Philiphaugh on Saturday, where the visitors harnessed the gale-force gusts at their back to race to a 21-0 halftime lead.
It was an advantage the home team tried manfully to overturn in a much-improved showing after the break, but Currie’s physicality and unrelenting high-tempo style of play ultimately saw the Souters’ efforts fall short.
So dominant were the Malleny Park side in the game’s opening quarter, that Selkirk’s players found themselves having to repel wave after wave of Currie attacks deep near or inside their own ‘22’.
The dam eventually broke following a line-out drive close to the home line. Currie scrum-half Paddy Boyer spotted a gap on the blind side of the splintering maul and touched down for a try in the corner, converted by half-back partner Adam Hall.
The league leaders continued to tighten the screw as halftime approached. Strong-running Super6 wing Iain Sim broke two tackles to score his side’s second try, before lock Rhys Davies found space to add a third, both converted by Hall, to put the visitors 21-0 up as the teams headed for their dressing rooms.
Selkirk looked a different side after the break, and pushed hard to get back on terms. A beautifully judged pass by Ben Pickles to Josh Welsh saw the wing chip ahead in the act of being tackled by Ewan McCallum, and James Bett managed to collect the ball and squirm his way over for a try.
Selkirk’s second score came in the game’s dying seconds, when a concerted drive by the home pack propelled Andrew McColm over the Currie line for a hard-earned, well-deserved try. Scott Clark’s conversion sailed over to end the contest.
After the final whistle, Selkirk head coach Scott Wight said Currie had put the home side under a huge amount of pressure right from the kick-off: “The wind was really strong in the first half and we found it very hard to get out of our own ‘22’.
“They managed to hold on to the ball through multiple phases and basically grind us down. We also missed a couple of tackles, and that’s after we’d defended so well for such long periods - one missed tackle on two occasions resulting in 14 points.
“Despite going behind 21-0 at the interval, the boys came out and won the second half 12-0, so credit to them for a huge amount of energy after the break.
“The bottom line is that if we want to compete against these teams, it just highlights how important individual skills are.”
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award was given to wing Josh Welsh.
SELKIRK – K. Clark, C. McNeill, B. Pickles, R. Nixon, J. Welsh, C. Anderson, J. Hamilton, L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, P. Forrest, T. Brown, A. McColm, A. Grant-Suttie, E. MacDougall. Replacements: A. Cochrane, J. Anderson, A. Renwick, S. Clark, V. Wara.
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS – C. Brett, J. McCaIg, R. Southern, DJ Innes, I. Sim, A. Hall, P. Boyer, G. Carson, S. Fisher, G. Scougall, H. Ferguson, R Davies, G. Nelson, F. Scott, W. Nelson. Replacements E. McCallum, C. Ramsey, A. McCallum, J. Reynolds, G. Hunter

Referee - Graeme Ormiston (SRU).

Video highlights from Selkirk v Currie 20/11

(Video highlights courtesy of Borders Rugby TV)