Aberdeenshire 2nds 17, Selkirk 'A' 21

Selkirk 'A' have final say against Aberdeenshire's 'Super Twas'

BOTH teams contributed to a highly entertaining and free-flowing friendly fixture at Woodside on Saturday, with the visitors securing victory thanks to a brilliant try by lock Jan Gauché in the final quarter of the match.

The home team - nicknamed the 'Super Twas' - took the lead through a try by Liam Barrie, but Selkirk hit back when full-back Jim Ross burst through the middle to score under the posts, adding the conversion for good measure.

Selkirk increased their lead thanks to a fine solo score by skipper Fraser Jack, who broke up the right touchline before cutting inside to touch down near the posts. Ross' conversion put Selkirk 14-5 ahead. Just before the interval Aberdeenshire No. 8 Mike Fortheningham scored a try, with Graham Ferguson converting to make the halftime score 14-12 to Selkirk.

Ten minutes after the interval the home side regained the lead thanks to a try from fly-half Ferguson, but Selkirk sealed victory with a mesmerising score which saw the ball pass through the hands of almost every visiting player, with the touchdown eventually being scored by South African lock Jan Gauché - his first for the club. Ross added the conversion.

Selkirk's most impressive performer was No. 8 John Everitt, with back row colleagues Callum Johnston and Scott McDonald also turning in fine displays. This Saturday (Feb. 2) Selkirk 'A' take on Jed-Forest 2nds in a rearranged league fixture at Riverside Park (2pm kick-off).

SELKIRK: J. Ross, C. Davies, M. Jaffray, J. Hendrie, R. Henderson, R. Nixon, F. Jack, B. Reid, S. Rodgerson, R. Edwards, J. Gauché, K. Connor, C. Johnston, S. McDonald, J. Everitt.

John Everitt - Selkirk's
best player on the day.