Selkirk 10 Kelso 16
Selkirk unable to break Kelso defence as victory goes begging
DESPITE laying siege to Kelso’s try line for the
final quarter of Saturday’s match, Selkirk simply couldn’t find a way through, allowing the visitors to notch their
sixth league victory of the season, with Selkirk having to settle for a third loser’s bonus point. Both sides fielded
one of their allocated professional players. Selkirk flanker Matt Taylor was playing his first competitive match
since sustaining a foot injury last December, while Borders team-mate Iain Fairley turned out at centre for Kelso,
having come on as a scrum-half replacement in the previous night’s Celtic League game at Netherdale. Kelso went
ahead through a sixth minute penalty from their talented Samoan fly-half Ngapaku Manungapaku, after Taylor had
been penalised for going to ground. Selkirk hit back soon afterwards. Ngapaku failed to find touch, and Cameron
Cochrane’s chip to the visitors’ try line was scrambled out of play by Kelso full-back Murray Fleming. From the
resultant line-out Selkirk’s pack set up a rolling maul, and a concerted drive saw prop Martin Murray burrow over
for a try. Guy Blair’s conversion sailed over. SPOT-ON. Referee David
Jack is in perfect position to witness Martin Murray’s try for Selkirk in Saturday’s BT Premiership match against
Kelso at Philiphaugh.
SPOT-ON. Referee David Jack is in perfect position to witness Martin Murray’s try for Selkirk in Saturday’s BT Premiership match against Kelso at Philiphaugh.
SELKIRK — F. Harkness, N. Brown,
D. Cassidy , C. Cochrane, A. Jamieson, G. Blair, S. Tomlinson, S. Renwick, E. Robbie, M. Martin, N. Darling, D.
Jackson, M. Taylor, A. Heatlie, M. De Franck. Replacements used: D. Reive, I. Walling, M. Barnett.
Selkirk held up over the line in their courageous effot to win in the dying minutes of the game
NO POT OF GOLD. Halfway through Saturday’s match against Kelso a huge rainbow appeared in the sky above Philiphaugh. Sadly the home team was unable to find a pot of gold at its end.