LINLITHGOW 2nds 27 SELKIRK 2nds 21
|Saturday was the first time that Selkirk had ever
seen the West Lothian side as Linlithgow failed to raise a side for the first match of the season at Philiphaugh.
For Selkirk it was a learning experience and they came out of it well apart from the final score which, admittedly could have gone either way in the closing fifteen minutes.
Selkirk opened the scoring with a well-taken penalty from the boot of Gary Lyall but Linlithgow rose to the challenge when one of their back row forwards broke away and touched down for their stand-off to convert.
Selkirk got a second penalty in 32 minutes to make it 7-6 then Grant Jeffries went in for a try in 37 minutes before Linlithgow's little stand-off grabbed a try of his own to make 12-11 at half time.
In the second half the Selkirk lads tried to run the ball wide but the older and wiser Linlithgow pack played a spoiling game at every opportunity to put the Borders side under pressure.
Linlithgow got another try in the 15th minute of the second half then added a penalty five minutes later to push their lead to 20-11. Lindsay Carrick used his size and weight to utmost advantage to batter through the Linlithgow defence and touch down.
The home side weren't taking the Border tactics lying down though and from nowhere once again that number seven danger man broke from a ruck to score again.
Carrick used the same tactics as before to destroy the Linlithgow defence but he only managed to do it that once more and Selkirk had to be content with second place.
It may be a different story at Philiphaugh this Saturday when the Souters face Trinity Accies in a league encounter.