Selkirk 'A' 26, Jed-Forest 2nds 13

Teamwork the key as Selkirk 'A' prove too strong for battling Jed-Forest side

UNDER PRESSURE. Selkirk 'A' skipper Fraser Jack gets his clearance kick away despite the attentions of two Jed-Forest players.

WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. Selkirk number eight Rob McGregor scores his team's bonus point try following a scrum close to the Jed line.

A CONFIDENT Selkirk 'A' team proved too well organised for visitors Jed-Forest 2nds at Philiphaugh on Saturday. This was the final Border Development Cup pool match for both sides before this weekend's play-offs.

With coach Guy Blair turning out at full-back for the home team and skipper Fraser Jack directing operations at the base of the scrum, Selkirk's team was a well balanced mix of experience and youth which ultimately proved too potent for a young Jed-Forest side.

Fly-half Darren Scott, who had an excellent match, opened the scoring for the hosts after seven minutes. Turnover ball allowed centres Ross Armstrong and Alistair Lyall to make ground up the middle, before Fraser Jack broke left to send out a scoring pass to Scott. The number 10 coolly added the conversion.

Jed reduced the deficit with a Ryan Miller penalty, before another Armstrong break saw the centre cleverly launch a grubber kick off the outside of his left boot towards the Jed try line. When the ball ricocheted off a visiting defender, flanker Kieran Reid was on hand to gather it cleanly and dive over for the score. Scott added the conversion.

Selkirk stretched their lead just before the interval, when reverse passes from props Steven Renwick and Colin Wood created enough space for Fraser Jack to score near the posts. Scott's third successful conversion took the halftime score to 21-3 in the home side's favour.

The Royal Blues came more into the game after the break, and put further points on the board thanks to a drop-goal by Greg Dawson and a try by Ryan James converted by Miller.

However, a pushover try by Selkirk's promising young number eight, Rob McGregor, wrapped up a convincing victory for the hosts, helping to ease some of the pain caused by the team's below par display at Kelso the previous weekend.

SELKIRK 'A' - G. Blair, N. Brown, R. Armstrong, A. Lyall, B. Wilkinson, D. Scott, F. Jack, S. Renwick, P. Forrest, C. Wood, S. Nixon, G. Jeffrey, K. Reid, S. McDonald, R. McGregor. Replacements: M. Robertson, C. Kemp, M. Rutherford.

Referee - Colin Reavely (Gala).