SELKIRK 2nds 81...LIVINGSTON 2nds 7

Selkirk too strong for hapless Livingston

Livingston arrived at Philiphaugh two men short and Selkirk loaned them players for the day. Both sides were delighted that the game went on and Selkirk manager Douglas Gunn applauded the Livingston decision to travel with just 13 men.
"It's far better to play a game and win the points than just to be handed them because the opposition phoned to say they couldn't raise a full team," he said, "and all praise to the Livingston lads, they played some good rugby and made a game of it although the score-line suggests not."
And a list of names is just about all that we can get into the space allotted as we look at that score-line. First across the Livingston line was Brain Hoggan then Andy White followed close behind with a second. Mark Easson converted both and added a penalty in between to put Selkirk ahead by 17 points to nil within minutes.
Then Jim Ross grabbed a brace both again converted by Easson to make 31-0 before Livingston grabbed a try and conversion to put their seven points on the board. Lindsay Carrick added another for Selkirk for Easson to convert before the interval to put the Souters 38 points to seven ahead at the turn-around.
Brian Hoggan started the second half as he had done the first with a try before Mark Easson got his own name on a touch-down which he also converted.
Colin Chapman was next to score then Darren Hulme got his name in the score-book with Easson again adding the two conversions before Jim Ross made his hat-trick with a perfectly placed try for Easson to get an easy conversion kick again.
Time was running out for the visitors but Bruce Armstrong then Gary Lyall rubbed salt in the wounds with two late unconverted tries to make it 81-7 at the finish.
Brain Cassidy was very happy with the quality of Selkirk's tries and added that the outstanding player who didn't get onto the score book was young Tom Walling who showed up well.
Selkirk are away to Hawick Linden in the District Cup on Saturday with an early kick-off because of the international game.

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