Selkirk 'A' 29, Peebles 'A' 6

No change at the top as league leaders Selkirk see off the challenge of Peebles 'A'

MIND THE GAP. Selkirk fly-half Rory Banks carves his way through the Peebles defence in Saturday's league fixture on the Burnmill pitch. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

THIS Border Farm Supplies Championship game sprang to life in the fifth minute when home centre Ross Armstrong and the Peebles full-back were yellow-carded for exchanging blows after Selkirk had been awarded a penalty.

The first half was proving a scrappy affair, with both sides struggling in the cold and foggy conditions. Selkirk eventually took the lead after 20 minutes when Rory Banks slotted a penalty.

Five minutes before halftime wing Craig MacDougall finished off a sweeping move to put Selkirk 8-0 ahead. The visitors managed to get on the score sheet on the stroke of halftime with a penalty. Halftime score: Selkirk 8, Peebles 3.

The home side started the second half in more positive fashion, no doubt due to the halftime motivational talk from coaches Ewen Robbie and Guy Blair. Five minutes into the half Ross Nixon scored the second try of the contest, converted by Rory Banks. Peebles successfully converted their second penalty shortly afterwards.

Selkirk began to exert more control from this point onwards, and it came as no surprise when John Everitt went over for his side's third try following good recycling in Peebles' 22. Rory Banks converted.

The league leaders secured the all-important bonus point with 10 minutes remaining, when captain Fraser Jack finished off a fine move by diving over for a try near the corner. Banks' third conversion kick sailed between the posts. Final score: Selkirk 'A' 29, Peebles 'A' 6.

SELKIRK 'A' - D. Scott, B. Wilkinson, R. Nixon, R. Armstrong, C. MacDougall, R. Banks, F. Jack, R. Price, R. Forrest, S. Renwick, K. Connor, C. Marshall, J. Everitt, K. Reid, R. Crockatt. Replacements: G. Blair, G. Jeffrey, M. Robertson, A. Millar, I. Walling.