Dundee HSFP 2nds 13, Selkirk 'A' `13

Selkirk 'A' denied at the death in top of table clash

A HEROIC performance by Selkirk 'A' saw the Souters come within a hairsbreadth of toppling Division Three leaders Dundee HSFP in Saturday's crunch National 2nd XV League showdown at Mayfield.

With the game well into injury time, it looked as though the visitors would inflict the first defeat of the season on Dundee, but a drop-goal by the home stand-off with the last kick of the match snatched a draw and preserved the hosts' unbeaten record.

"The boys really did the club proud today," Selkirk 'A' manager Bryan Hoggan said after the game. "Dundee are a very good side, but the Selkirk players refused to buckle and tackled themselves to a standstill. It was a magnificent effort by the whole team."

No-one did more for the visitors' cause than David Gray. Normally a back row player, the Lindean student adapted well to his new role at lock, and inspired his team-mates with a display of non-stop running and tackling. Centre Neil Brown was in equally defiant mood, making the midfield a 'no-go' area for Dundee's threequarters.

Full-back Guy Blair opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty, but Dundee hit back with a converted try after Darren Vevers had been yellow-carded to lead 7-3 at the interval.

Earlier in the second period a rumbling charge upfield by Jimmy Stephens resulted in a penalty to the visitors, with Blair making no mistake with the kick. Soon afterwards skipper Fraser Jack broke from the base of the scrum to send Bruce Armstrong over for a try, and Blair converted to restore Selkirk's lead.

As the game wore on Dundee began to exert more and more pressure on the Selkirk try line, and with the very last kick of the game the home side managed to salvage a draw.

SELKIRK - G. Blair, S. Jack, N. Brown, M. Jaffray, B. Armstrong, G. Craig, F. Jack, Colin Kemp, A. Marshall (rep. S. Rodgerson), J. Stephens, D. Gray, D. Vevers, G. Hancock, J. Ross, R. Cook.

David Gray - inspired
display for Selkirk.