Selkirk 'A' 32, Kelso 2nds 11

Selkirk 'A' & Stormers players gear up for Border Development Cup fixtures

THE PRICE IS RIGHT! Selkirk 'A' prop Raymond Price finds himself outnumbered by Earlston players in Saturday's friendly game at Philiphaugh. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

IN a bid to see as many players as possible in action prior to selecting teams for this weekend's opening Border Development Cup (BDC) games, Selkirk 'A' coaches Ewen Robbie and Guy Blair named a 27-strong squad for Saturday's friendly against Earlston at Philiphaugh.

Their opponents were originally to have been Hawick Harlequins, but when the 'Quins were unable to fulfil the fixture the Earlston club kindly agreed to take their place. After taking an early 6-0 lead through two Shand penalties, the visitors were forced on to the defensive for the remainder of the match, conceding 12 tries without managing to cross the home try line themselves.

The game was split into four 20-minute periods, and both sets of coaches took full advantage to experiment with different formations and combinations during the course of the contest. Home supporters were especially pleased to see Ciaran Beattie back in competitive action after his long injury lay-off, and the Scotland sevens player looked sharp throughout.

In all Selkirk scored a total of 12 tries plus 10 conversions. Try scorers - David Gray, Sean Nixon, Ryan Henderson, Alistair Lyall (2), Darren Scott, Darren Clapperton, Scott McDonald, Craig MacDougall (2), John Everitt and Ciaran Beattie. Conversions were kicked by Rutherford (6), Scott (3) and Beattie (one).

SELKIRK 'A' - C. Beattie, D. Clapperton, C. MacDougall, A. Lyall, J. Hendrie, M. Rutherford, S. Tough, R. Price, P. Forrest, C. Wood, S. Nixon, K. Connor, C. Kemp, . Gray, J. Everitt. Replacements: F. Jack, R. Banks, R. Henderson, S. McDonald, M. Robertson, D. Scott, K. Reid, B. Reid, R. Cook, S. Rodgerson, B. Anderson, A. Turnbull.