Selkirk 'A' 53, Livingston 2nds 0

Selkirk 'A' going from strength to strength

QUITE A GUY. Former 1st XV skipper Guy Blair dives over for the second of his tries in Saturday's Division Three match against Livingston at Philiphaugh. (Picture: Grant Kinghorn)

UP against a much bigger pack, it looked in the early exchanges of Saturday's Division Three match as though Selkirk's unbeaten run in the National 2nd XV Leagues might be under threat. And having already lost wing Peter Cameron injured in the warm-up, the portents looked less than rosy for Fraser Jack's men.

However, having soaked up everything the visitors could throw at them in the opening 20 minutes, the home players began to grow in confidence, eventually running in eight tries for a convincing victory.

Team manager Bryan Hoggan was naturally pleased at the outcome. "We knew Livingston would bring down strong, heavy forwards, and so our pack had put in a lot of work on the scrumming machine at training. This paid off, and the boys deserve credit for all their effort."

The match marked a successful return to full fitness for stand-off Guy Blair, who celebrated his comeback after a four-week injury lay-off with two tries, a penalty and five conversions for a personal haul of 23 points.

Wing forward Scott Rodgerson had another productive afternoon for Selkirk, winning a lot of ball on the ground, while Neil Brown slotted back into the threequarter line with minimum fuss, scoring a try for good measure.

Selkirk's other touchdowns came from Struan Jack (2), Michael Jaffray, Greg Fairbairn and Bruce Armstrong. This Saturday, October 8, Selkirk are at home to Cartha Queen's Park.

SELKIRK - B. Armstrong, G. Fairbairn, M. Jaffray, N. Brown, S. Jack, G. Blair, F. Jack, I. Purves, E. Robbie, J. Stephens, K. Connor, M. Rodgerson, S. Rodgerson, J. Ross, R. Cook. Replacements (all used): G. Hancock, G. MacDougall, I. Walling, D. Gray.