WAKE-UP CALL FOR
UNDER-COOKED SELKIRK SIDE, AS GHA TAKE THE POINTS AND PLAUDITS AT BRAIDHOLM
Joe Anderson stretches
every sinew to score in the corner, with team-mate James Bett keeping a watching brief.
Selkirk scrum-half Scott Clark does his best to escape the clutches of his GHA opposite number George Baird.
Despite being outnumbered four-to-one, Selkirk openside Scott McClymont looks in no mood to capitulate.
Full steam ahead for Thomas Brown, with Andrew Grant-Suttie and Luke Pettie waiting in support.
The expression on the Selkirk players’ faces after the final whistle says it all.
[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN
GHA 34, SELKIRK 10
AN improved performance in the second
half couldn’t disguise the shortcomings of a badly misfiring Selkirk side in Saturday’s Tennent’s Premiership match
at Braidholm, where the visitors were soundly beaten by a fully focused GHA team.
A torrential downpour in the two hours prior to kick-off did nothing to dampen the home side’s ardour, and GHA
capitalised on the visitors’ high error count to score three unanswered tries before the break.
“We simply weren’t at the races today,” said Selkirk forwards coach Darren Hoggan afterwards, “which is very disappointing.
Full credit to GHA, who took their chances when they came, and capitalised on our mistakes.”
Selkirk’s start to the season clearly hasn’t been helped by having two of its first five Premiership games cancelled
because of Covid, but Hoggan is not one for making excuses.
“This has definitely been a wake-up call,” he said, “and every Selkirk player needs to up his game. The squad know
they’re not performing at the standards they set at the beginning of the season, so I’m expecting a far more committed
attitude at training this week.”
Selkirk had early chances to open the scoring from two long-range penalty attempts by fly-half Callum Anderson,
plus one by half-back partner Scott Clark, but all were wide of the mark.
Ironically when Clark did put points on the board from in front of the posts, GHA hit back almost immediately when
centre Max MacFarlane stepped inside the Selkirk cover to dive over for a try converted by Jamie McKinnon.
With the visitors finding their path to the home try line increasingly compromised by shoddy approach work, GHA
showed them how it should be done through well-taken tries by scrum-half George Baird and a second by MacFarlane,
both converted by MacKinnon, making the halftime score 21-3.
Selkirk enjoyed more possession after the break, and although Carden landed a penalty for GHA, a try by Selkirk’s
replacement prop Joe Anderson, converted by Clark, cut the deficit to 26-8.
GHA were in no mood to allow a fightback, however, and scores by Erick Cavan and MacFarlane (his third of the match),
saw the Glasgow side ease to a convincing 34-10 victory.
Three yellow cards were handed out in the contest – to GHA’s McCutcheon and Mollison, and to Selkirk’s Jack Hamilton
– but none seemed to handicap either team.
Not for the first time Selkirk’s most effective forward on the day was openside Scott McClymont, while in the backs
the appearance of ex-skipper Ross Nixon off the bench sparked the visitors’ most telling threequarter play.
GHA – G. Mollison, S. Derrick, C. Lonergan, M. MacFarlane, S. Carden, J. MacKinnon, G. Baird, T. Brogan, G.
Hiddleston, M. Fox, A. Kerr, J. McCarthy, W. Alton, W. Graham, L. McCutcheon. Replacements: E. Cavan, M. Marinkovic,
J. Bruce, R. MacFarlane, R. O’Keefe.
SELKIRK: J. Hamilton, F. Anderson, B. Pickles, A. Grant-Suttie, C. Young, C. Anderson, S. Clark, L. Pettie,
J. Bett, B. Riddell, T. Brown, A. Cochrane, A. McColm, S. McClymont, D. Nichol. Replacements – C. Turnbull, J.
Anderson, M. Haldane, R. Nixon.