Howe of Fife 2nds 24, Selkirk 'A' 45

Makeshift Selkirk 'A' show their mettle

DESPITE being handicapped by the elevation of so many players to 1st XV duty, Selkirk 'A' put up a five-star display against Howe of Fife 2nds in Saturday's friendly at Duffus Park.

This was the Souters' first game since December 10, and despite each side only being able to field 13 players, both teams deserve plaudits for ensuring the fixture went ahead as scheduled.

This should have been the penultimate appearance for Selkirk's young back row player Richard Cook prior to his departure for a career in the Army, but unfortunately the teenager had mistakenly travelled to Coupar Angus instead of Cupar, Fife, only arriving at the correct ground after the final whistle.

Selkirk's top performer on the day was young full-back Peter Cameron, playing his first game since September 17 following a hamstring injury. The former Youth Club threequarter showed pace and in attack and was solid in defence, scoring the best try of the afternoon late in the second half.

Greg Hancock was no less effective whether operating on the wing or in the pack, while Craig Hunter showed great finishing to bag a hat-trick of tries - the fifth time he has achieved this feat in the past four seasons.

Other try scorers were Tom Walling and Struan Jack (2), while 'Mr Versatile', Jim Ross, added five conversions.

SELKIRK - P. Cameron, G. Hancock, J. Ross, C. Hunter, S. Jack, T. Walling, D. Lawson, J. Stephens, S. Rodgerson, I. Walling, G. MacDougall, K. Connor, D. Vevers.

Peter Cameron - fine try
capped solid display.