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Selkirk Triumph Over a Tough Tweedsider's Side

 Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.

 

Selkirk 24, Kelso 19

In a hard fought game Selkirk came out on top, the score changing hands four times during a pulsating encounter.
Kelso started the game with a bang scoring after only 3 minutes, when winger Sim scored a scintillating try after some great work by their forwards at a lineout. The ball was moved along the back line to the wing, having stretched the home defence the ball was moved the other way for Sim to cut through the Selkirk defence to score under the posts providing an easy convention for full back Dods.
Then Selkirks discipline cost them another three points through the boot of Dods,a feature of the game costing Selkirk points and metres.
It took Selkirk 23 minutes to get on the score board, the home pack won clean
ball from the line out ,Selkirk moved the ball along the backline for Ross Nixon to break through the defence and made good inroads into the Kelso 22, when stopped the move was carried on by Peter Forrest who off loaded to Luke Pettie to score near the posts converted by stand off Rory Banks.
Ten minutes later Banks tied the scores at 10 apiece when he kicked a penalty after the Kelso backline were caught off side.
The home lead was short lived as 2 minutes later Dods penalty put Kelso back in front after a ruck infringement by the home side.
Half time score Selkirk 10 Kelso 13

The second half started with a bang when Selkirk released their flying winger Clinton Wagman after some hard work by the forwards allowing him to squeeze in at the corner post. Banks converting from the touch line.
Kelso got the next points through the boot of Dods again after another infringement by the Selkirk forwards, with the game coming to a close Dods gave Kelso the lead by kicking his and Kelso last points after yet another Selkirk infringement at the breakdown.
The visitors were controlling the ball and attempting to run down the clock, however they lost control of the ball which gave the home side one final chance.
Wagman broke down the wing from deep inside his own half, beating a handful of defenders on the way to the line and when checked fed the ball to full back Hamilton to cross at the corner and run under the posts for Banks to convert .Kelso still had time to restart the game, however the home side were able to see out the game for a narrow but deserved victory.

Man of the match for Selkirk was full back Stevie Hamilton.
Full time Selkirk 24. Kelso 19.
 

  Selkirk 'A' 7- Hawick Force 6

Photos Grant Kinghorn Pics.

Selkirk Seconds hosted Hawick second string on Friday night under the lights at Philiphaugh. It had that old fashonied buzz of a Border Derby. Hawick were undefeated in six games all with bonus points prior to this encounter. Selkirk were well rehearsed for the occasion after an excellent turn out at training the night before and the players were well fired up for the big occasion.
As soon as the game started, the tempo was set for the entire encounter- fast paced & hard, but fair, typical of Local Derby borders rugby, with some hits and tackles going in from both sides.

The young Selkirk squad stepped up to the plate immensely, absorbing the Hawick pressure very,ably assisted by a peppering of 'wise auld heids' in the form of Gavin Craig, Mikey Davies and Darren Clapperton across the Selkirk back line.
However on the 10minute mark, a silly mistake gifted the Hawick side the opportunity to edge in front with a penalty, which they duly converted. It took until the 29th minute before a similar opportunity came the way of Selkirk, however, on this occaision the penalty kick went sailing past the post. Rather than be despondent with this, Selkirk rallied once again after a period of hard fought defensive play, Gavin Craig taking possession inside the Selkirk 22, dancing through a gap in the Hawick line like Rudolph Nureyev and linking up with Darren Clapperton who took it the rest of the way with ease, for a lovely try which was subsequently converted.

Both teams knew the game was anyone’s in the second half and came out,all guns blazing,Hawick picking up another 3 points from a penalty kick on the 50 minute mark making the score 7 – 6.

Although both teams tried fresh legs to edge in front later in the 2nd half, ultimately, determined play by underdogs Selkirk,eventually wore the clock down, quashing attack after attack after attack by the stuffy Hawick side. When the final whistle came the Selkirk side were quite rightly elated, and there were looks of bitter disappointment on the Hawick faces, they knew they had been beaten by the better side.
It is difficult to single any one person out for praise as the whole team worked tirelessly together to grind out this win. However Jack Houston, Scott McDonald and Ruairi Wilson, spearheaded so many drives and continuation phases they must have shoulders of steel, and the afore mentioned old heads in the back line certainly did their bit. It was also good to see last year’s New Zealand worthy Jackson Wallace return and put in a hard shift for the second half at flanker.

A special mention must go to 2nds prop Jimmy Stephen who became a dad (wee boy) at the weekend

Team: Scott Tough, Kieran Monks, Darren Clapperton, Jy Griffin, Fraser Anderson, Gavin Craig, Mikey Davies, Robbie Rielly, Ruairi Wilson, Kieran Thompson, Jack Houston, Robert Cook, Fraser Easson, Wullie McLymont, Scott McDonald, Jackson Wallace, Gavin Ross Allan Rutter, Steffan Bristar, Hamish Robertson.
 

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