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INJURY-HIT SELKIRK BLOWN AWAY BY MUSSELBURGH’S FIRST HALF WHIRLWIND ONSLAUGHT

Bruce Riddell scores Selkirk’s second try in Saturday’s match against Musselburgh at Stoneyhill.


Lock Andrew Renwick on the charge - with team-mate Ethan McVicker ready to lend support.


Musselburgh’s Rory Hindhaugh cannot prevent Scott McClymont from scoring Selkirk’s third try.



Jack Hamilton dodges his way through heavy traffic in Saturday’s match against Musselburgh.



Bruce Bett is led from the field by forwards coach Darren Hoggan after sustaining a shoulder injury.



Ben Pickles cuts inside a Musselburgh defender to score his second try for Selkirk on Saturday.

[Photos – JOHN SMAIL]

MUSSELBURGH 40, SELKIRK 27

STORM Arwen might have lost some of its power by Saturday afternoon, but Musselburgh’s players certainly succeeded in replicating its ferocity when Selkirk visited Stoneyhill for this Tennent’s Premiership fixture.
The visitors had no answer to the home team’s dynamism, with Musselburgh’s strong-running threequarter line regularly penetrating Selkirk’s fragile defence as crucial first-time tackles were missed.
Selkirk’s cause wasn’t helped by losing the services of second row forward Peter Forrest (back strain) and hooker James Bett (shoulder injury) within the first five minutes of the contest.
As a result, the visiting coaches had to send on 45-year-old prop Martin Murray - a late addition to the replacements bench after Joe Anderson’s withdrawal - much sooner than they, or he, would have wished.
The club’s current ‘A’ XV coach, Murray dug deep to roll back the years, showing he’s lost none of his rugby skills. However, a serious bicep tendon injury just before halftime forced him to leave the field, resulting in uncontested scrums for the remainder of the match.
The Currie players’ direct running and ability to create pace on the ball resulted in a hat-trick of first half tries for Sandy Watt, plus scores by Kieran Watt and Gregor Tait.
Ben Pickles did manage to get Selkirk on the scoreboard with an opportunist try, following Callum Anderson’s cross-field kick and Keiran Clark’s tap-down. The teams turned round at the interval with Musselburgh well in control at 25-5.
Currie opened the second half scoring with a penalty by Danny Owenson, after which Selkirk finally found some rhythm and a sharper attacking edge.
Prop Bruce Riddell was rewarded for some hard graft by a try near the posts, before a determined break by Scott McClymont resulted in the openside also touching down.
Running the ball at every opportunity, further tries came from Anderson and Pickles, with Selkirk debutant Ethan McVicker kicking the visitors’ only conversion. Paddy Brown scored Currie’s seventh try soon afterwards.
After the final whistle, Selkirk skipper Ewan MacDougall didn’t mince his words. “We just can’t afford to play like we did in the first half. We have to stick to a game plan.
“The last 20 minutes of the match was obviously a bit better, but overall it’s hugely disappointing. Yes, we lost players early on, but that’s no excuse for the way we played in the opening half. Players need to do what’s asked of them, and I’ve been saying this for a while.”
On the plus side, Ewan was heartened by the displays of debutants Ethan McVicker and Robbie Chalmers. “Ethan was really good when he came on, sniping round the side, making breaks and getting the forwards going round the corner. Chalmers then came on to replace Ross Nixon, so I’m also pleased he got some game time.
“It’s now all hands on deck for Hawick this coming weekend, which will be a huge game.”
MUSSELBURGH: R. Hindhaugh; S. Watt, J. Ferguson, R. Watt, G. Tait; P. Cunningham, D. Owenson; C. Owenson, R. Gregor, C. Arthur, J. Haynes, K. Watt, D. Slaven, M. Crawford, L. Hutson. Replacements: P. Brown, D. Hodge, C. Pryde, G. Leitch, R. Young.
SELKIRK: K. Clark; C. McNeill, B. Pickles, R. Nixon, J. Welsh; C. Anderson, J. Hamilton; L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, P. Forrest, A. Renwick, A. Grant-Suttie, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements: A. McColm, M. Murray, A. Renwick, T. Brown, E. McVicker, R. Chalmers.

Referee – Johnny Perriam (SRU).
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YOUNG SELKIRK ‘A’ PLAYERS FIND GOING TOUGH AGAINST FREE-SCORING MUSSELBURGH 2nds TEAM

MUSSELBURGH 2nds 47, SELKIRK ‘A’ 8

IN blustery conditions on the school pitches at Pinkie Park, the Honest Lads scored four first half tries to build up a lead the young Souter team never looked likely to match in Saturday’s Tennent’s East Reserve league Division 1 fixture.
The home team opened the scoring when second row Gary Neill emerged from a pile of bodies to score an unconverted try, but Selkirk hit back immediately with a well struck penalty from the boot of Scott Clark.
Neill then touched down again before both wingers, Darren Carter and Tom Foley, scored a try apiece, with Foley adding the extras to make the halftime score 26-3.
Selkirk’s cause wasn’t helped in the second half with injuries to Matthew Francis (ankle), Sam Cockburn (head knock) and Adam Nichol (ankle), all of whom had to be helped from the field.
After the break Musselburgh never took their foot off the pedal and increased their lead with further tries from Foley and Rory Smith, with Foley adding the conversions for an unassailable lead of 40-3.
With more forced substitutions having to be made by the visitors, Selkirk’s play may have become disjointed, but their attitude never wavered. Some searing runs by Callum Turnbull and Declan Broatch paved the way for hooker Ross McFadzen to power his way over the line for a well-deserved try.
On the final whistle Musselburgh’s replacement prop Donald Grant touched down between the sticks to make the final score 47-8.
The result leaves Selkirk ‘A’ still looking for their first away victory, but they can take heart from solid performances by centre Lewis Martin and the ever-reliable Ruaraidh MacKessack-Leitch and Callum Turnbull.
Meanwhile scrum-half Liam Davidson well deserved his ‘Selkirk man of the match’ award following a five-star performance throughout the 80 minutes.
MUSSELBURGH – K. Adams, T. Foley, R. Stott, V. Kacori, D. Carter, R. Smith, A. Roddick, R. Hanning, R. Stott, E. Bonthron, G. Neill, C. Bain, J. Crain, F. Craig, G. Bowman. Replacements: A. Forbes, D. Grant, L. Knight, R. Armatage, L. Kotze, J. Dickson, S. Thomson.
SELKIRK – S. Cockburn, N. Armstrong, L. Martin, A. Nichol, C. Young, S. Clark, L. Davidson, C. Turnbull, M. Stanners, M. Francis, J. Turnbull, D. Broatch, L. Cassidy, R. MacKessack-Leitch, A. Cochrane. Replacements: R. McFadzen, R. Murray, M. Mackay, K. MacGregor, L. Sanders, G. Mallin, A. Cairney.

Referee – Paul Rendle.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4

Tennent’s Premiership
SELKIRK v HAWICK
KICK OFF 2PM


Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1
SELKIRK 'A' v HAWICK FORCE
KICK OFF 2PM

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RECENT RESULTS

27/11 Musselburgh RFC 40, Selkirk 27 Report
27/11 Musselburgh 2nds 47, Selkirk 'A' 8 Report
20/11 Selkirk 12, Currie Chieftains 21 Report
20/11 Selkirk 'A' 15, Currie 'A' 38 Report
12/11 Jed 9, Selkirk 21 Report
06/11 Selkirk 10, Jed 10 Report
07/11 Selkirk ‘A’ 43, Jed ‘A’ 12 Report
 

Video highlights from Selkirk v Currie 20/11

(Video highlights courtesy of Borders Rugby TV)

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NEWS

 SARA JAMIESON SCOOPS £100 PRIZE IN MONTHLY DEVELOPMENT CLUB DRAW

CONGRATULATIONS go to avid Selkirk rugby supporter Sara Jamieson (pictured), who is the winner of the Selkirk RFC Development Club draw for November.
George Thomson, secretary of the Development Club, has sent a cheque for £100 to Sara, along with his heartiest congratulations.

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 BORDER LEAGUE FIXTURES FOR 2021-2022 COMPETITION ANNOUNCED


SELKIRK have been placed alongside Melrose and Kelso in Pool ‘B’ for this season’s Border League Championship. Pool ‘A’ comprises Hawick, Jed-Forest, Gala and Peebles.
The remaining fixtures list is as follows –

POOL ‘A’

Thursday, December 16 – Jed-Forest v. Gala (7.30pm kick-off)
Saturday, March 19 – Hawick v. Gala (3pm kick-off)
TBC – Peebles v. Hawick
TBC – Hawick v. Jed-Forest

POOL ‘B’

Saturday, December 18 – Selkirk v. Kelso (kick-off time tbc)

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STUART Cameron, of Borders Rugby TV, has published a list of the commentary games his channel will show on the Sunday following each of these Borders rugby matches (subject to change depending on weather or other unforeseen circumstances) –

Dec. 4 – SELKIRK v. HAWICK
Dec. 11 – KELSO v. GALA
DEC. 26 – GALA v. MELROSE (Waverley Cup)
 

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OTHER FIXTURES - THIS WEEK

SATURDAY DECEMBER 4

Tennent's Premiership

(All kick-offs 2pm)

SELKIRK v HAWICK
EDINBURGH ACADEMICAL V MUSSELBURGH
GHA v CURRIE CHIEFTAINS
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR v. MARR
GLASGOW HAWKS V JED-FOREST

Tennent's East Reserve League Div 1

(All kick-offs 2pm)

SELKIRK ‘A’ v HAWICK FORCE
STEWART'S MELVILLE 2nds v JED-FOREST ‘A’
BIGGAR 2nds v. CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’
BOROUGHMUIR 2A v. HERIOT'S BLUES 2nds

EDINBURGH ACADEMICALs 2nds v MUSSELBURGH 2nds
SELKIRK ‘A’

OTHER RESULTS - THIS WEEK

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27

Tennent's Premiership

MUSSELBURGH 40-27 SELKIRK
JED-FOREST 29-13 EDINBURGH ACADEMICALs
HAWICK 48-22 GHA
ABERDEEN GRAMMAR 38-13 GLASGOW HAWKS
MARR 26-34 CURRIE CHIEFTAINS

Tennent's East Reserve League Div 1

MUSSELBURGH 2nds 47-8 SELKIRK ‘A’
JED-FOREST ‘A’ 0, EDINBURGH ACADEMICALs 2nds 28 (w/0)
HAWICK FORCe 41-5 BIGGAR 2nds
BOROUGHMUIR 2A 17-3 STEWART'S MELVILLE 2nds
HERIOT'S BLUES 2NDs 21-24 CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’

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1st XV (up to & including Nov. 27, 2021)
P 12 W 4 L 7 D 1

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 12 matches): 6 – Ben Pickles; 4 – Callum Anderson; 3 – Scott McClymont, James Bett; 2 – Bruce Riddell, Callum McNeill, Robert Cook, Andrew Grant-Suttie; 1 – Ross Nixon, Andrew McColm, Peter Forrest, Ryan Cottrell, Jack Hamilton, Andrew Bulman, Josh Welsh, Joe Anderson, Thomas Brown, Ewan MacDougall.
TRIES SCORED: 36. TRIES CONCEDED: 37.

LEADING POINTS SCORER (after 12 matches): 57 – Scott Clark (1 try, 6 penalties, 17 conversions).
TOTAL POINTS SCORED: 249. TOTAL POINTS CONCEDED: 266.

MOST APPEARANCES
(after 12 matches): 12 – Bruce Riddell, Luke Pettie, Thomas Brown; 11 – Callum Anderson, Jack Hamilton; 10 – Ewan MacDougall, Ben Pickles, Scott Clark; 9 - Andrew McColm, Scott McClymont, Joe Anderson; 8 - James Bett, Josh Welsh, Ross Nixon, Andrew Grant-Suttie, Frazer Anderson, Clark Young; 7 - Callum McNeill, Rob Cook; 6 - Andrew Renwick, , Peter Forrest, Keiran Clark, Andrew Cochrane; 5 - Donald Nichol; 4 - Callum Marshall, Andrew Bulman; 3 – Keiran Thomson, Josh Mackay; 2 – Ryan Cottrell, Callum Turnbull, Lewis Martin, Moray Haldane; 1 – Ethan McVicker, Robbie Chalmers, Vilikesa Wara, Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Sam Cockburn, Archie Penman, Jamie Turnbull, Martin Murray, Zen Szwagrzak.

‘A’ XV (up to & including Nov. 27, 2021)
P 11 W 3 L 8 D 0

LEADING TRY SCORERS (after 11 matches): 3 – Matthew Francis; 2 – Clark Young; 1 – Ross McFadzen, Ethan McVicker, Nathaniel Armstrong, Andrew Cochrane, Andrew McColm, Scott Clark, Frazer Anderson, Thomas Martin, Liam Cassidy, Rob Cook, Adam Nichol, Andrew Cochrane, Ben Purves, Martin Murray.
TOTAL TRIES SCORED: 24. TOTAL CONCEDED: 54.

LEADING POINTS SCORERS (after 11 matches): 26 – David Cassidy (1 try, 5 penalties, 3 conversions).
TOTAL POINTS SCORED: 202. TOTAL POINTS CONCEDED: 360.

MOST APPEARANCES (after 11 matches): 10 – Liam Cassidy, Jamie Turnbull; 9 – Ross McFadzen, Declan Broatch, David Cassidy; 8 – Callum Turnbull, Lewis Martin, Matthew Francis, Thomas Martin; 7 – Ruaridh Murray, Ruaraidh MacKessack-Leitch, Adam Nichol; 6 - Matthew Stanners, Sam Cockburn, Ryan Legge, Matthew Mackay, Archie Penman; 5 - Kieran McGregor, Kieran Thomson, Andrew Davidson, Alex Beveridge; 4 – Andrew Cairney, Guy Mallin, Clark Young, Andrew Cochrane, Robbie Reilly, Robert Cook, Fraser Robertson; 3 – Nathaniel Armstrong, Lawry Edwards; 2 – Lewis Sanders, Scott Clark, Ethan McVicker, Frazer Anderson, Hamish Robertson, Andrew Hewat, Moray Haldane, Gregor Nichol; 1 – Liam Davidson, Connor Ward, Andrew McColm, Ben Purves, Peter Forrest, Lewis Hislop, Ross Purves, Martin Murray, A. Cockburn.

 

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