Selkirk 2nds 27 Jed 2nds 26 (Sat 19th January)

Selkirk 'A' hang tough to squeeze past feisty Jed-Forest team

Ross Nixon - scored
fine individual try.

A GUTSY display by Selkirk's players saw them edge out Jed-Forest 2nds by the narrowest of margins in Saturday's rearranged league fixture on the Burnmill pitch at Philiphaugh.

Ahead 10-7 at halftime, the home side had to withstand a late rally by the visitors to clinch only their fourth league victory of the season. Making his comeback game after a six-week injury lay-off, Selkirk openside flanker Ryan Crockatt was full of running, while number eight John Everitt was equally impressive with ball in hand.

Selkirk opened the scoring with a try from Keith Connor after good work by Ray Price and Jim Ross, with the latter adding the conversion. Jed hit back with a converted try from their scrum-half, but a Ross penalty just before the break gave the Souters a 10-7 interval lead.

Ross Nixon put the home side further ahead with a fine solo try, converted by Ross, but two quick touchdowns by Jed saw the Royal Blues take the lead 19-17.

A fine break by skipper Fraser Jack resulted in lock Steven Renwick crossing for his first try of the season, before Jack stretched Selkirk's lead to 27-19 with a touchdown of his own.

To their credit the visitors refused to buckle, and a late converted try saw them pick up two bonus points despite finishing up as losers. Special mention must go to Selkirk's Scott McDonald, who improves with every game.

SELKIRK - J. Ross, R. Miller, M. Jaffray, J. Hendrie, R. Henderson, R. Nixon, F. Jack, R. Price, S. Forrest, B. Reid, S. Renwick, K. Connor, S. McDonald, R. Crockatt, J. Everitt. Replacements: C. Kemp, S. Rodgerson, J. Gauché, C. Davies, S. Tobin.