Melrose Knights 3, Selkirk 'A' 53

Selkirk 'A' maintain winning streak with convincing victory at the Greenyards

SATURDAY'S Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture between Melrose Knights and Selkirk 'A' kicked off early on the main Greenyards pitch, as a curtain-raiser for the Premier One clash between Melrose and leaders Currie.

Both sides made a nervy start, and after 20 minutes the only score of the contest was a penalty from the boot of Selkirk fly-half Rory Banks. The visitors got their first try when Tom Swan finished off a good move following several phases of play inside the home '22'.

Melrose stand-off Scott Ruthven then landed a penalty to make the score 8-3 in the visitors' favour, but just before halftime Callum Marshall went over in the corner following a good run by Bob Wilkinson, making the interval score Melrose Knights 3, Selkirk 'A' 13.

The second half was dominated by the visitors, with the majority of play taking place in the Melrose half. In all, Selkirk managed a further six tries. The first of these was scored by Scott Tomlinson following turnover ball at a Melrose scrum, and next came a fine individual effort by Rory Banks, who after receiving the ball just inside his own half, beat several defenders before diving over the line.

Other tries came from Ali Lyall, Callum Marshall, Craig MacDougall and Darren Scott. Rory Banks kicked five conversions, taking his personal points tally for the season to 92.

SELKIRK 'A' - D. Scott, B. Wilkinson, C. MacDougall, A. Lyall, T. Swan, R. Banks, F. Jack, R. Price, S. Forrest, S. Renwick, G. Jeffrey, C. Marshall, R. McGregor, D. Gray, J. Everitt. Replacements: S. Tomlinson, C. Henderson, P. Forrest, J. Hendrie, K. Reid, S. McDonald, R. Henderson.