A time to stand up and be counted…
and Selkirk players pass test with flying colours
HAPPY CLAPPY. Teenage
wing Darren Clapperton clearly enjoyed being back at Meggetland - the ground where he made his senior debut for
Selkirk eight months ago, while still a Youth Club player. Darren is pictured on his way to scoring Selkirk's bonus
point try in Friday night's game. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)
"There was a good feeling in the dressing
room before we went out," Selkirk coach Kevin Barrie told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the final whistle,
"and I'm delighted by the way the boys managed to up their game after last weekend's disappointing result
"The players' attitude tonight was spot-on, and their confidence so high that even losing Rob Taylor after
15 minutes of the game didn't disrupt our game plan. Everybody played their part tonight, from number one right
through to number 20, and our supporters must have been delighted to see the boys perform with so much spirit and
Selkirk survived a shaky start which saw Boroughmuir camp on the visitors' 22 for most of the opening 10 minutes.
However, the Souters finally managed to break the shackles, and took the lead in the 14th minute when full-back
Fraser Harkness raced over for a try near the left corner following Andrew Renwick's textbook scrum pick-up and
Two minutes later, prop Rob Taylor repeated the dose when he was driven over for a try by the Selkirk pack from
a line-out. Michael Rutherford's conversion put the visitors 12-0 ahead. However, the game had barely restarted
when Taylor was red-carded by the referee for alleged foul play at a ruck, and suddenly things looked a lot less
rosy for the Philiphaugh men.
Flanker Callum Johnston was called to the sidelines to allow Martin Murray to take over in the front row. Despite
this setback, Selkirk stretched their lead from a Rutherford penalty, before Boroughmuir exploited their numerical
superiority when Lynton Brynck crossed for a try converted by Elgan O'Donnell.
In the dying seconds of the first half, Rutherford was just short with a penalty attempt which was caught by Mark
Hare. However, the home centre immediately found himself engulfed by Selkirk players, and when the ball squirted
from his grasp it was seized by Andrew Renwick, who promptly dived over the line for a try. Rutherford's conversion
took the interval score to 22-7 in the visitors' favour.
Early in the second half Selkirk were hit by another setback - Ross Nixon being yellow-carded for illegally halting
Ed Mills. This allowed 'Muir's pack to up the ante, and it came as no surprise when Bronson Ross crossed for a
try which O'Donnell again converted.
To their credit Selkirk's players refused to be fazed, and when Rutherford's garryowen caused uncertainty in the
home defences, Darren Clapperton reacted swiftly to scoop up the loose ball and sprint 40 metres for an opportunist
try which Rutherford converted.
This score had a galvanising effect on the Boroughmuir team, who proceeded to cross for late tries through Nick
Fraser and Ed Mills (the latter when Selkirk were again down to 13 men following the yellow-carding of skipper
Michael McVie). O'Donnell could only add one of the conversions, however, and the joy on the Selkirk players' faces
when the referee blew for no-side was a sight to behold.
Selkirk back row player Ryan Crockatt made a successful comeback following a lengthy injury lay-off, while Kiwi
lock Jon Smyth carried the ball well and made his presence felt at the rucks, and looks to be developing into a
key figure in the Philiphaugh pack.
MEGGETLAND has never been a happy hunting ground for Selkirk over the years, but all that changed on Friday evening,
when the Philiphaugh players turned in a battling display to register a victory which lifts them to eighth place
in Premier One.
SELKIRK - F. Harkness, D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, L. Jones, M. Rutherford, M. McVie, G. Patterson, D.
Grieve, R. Taylor, J. Smyth, S. Willet, N. Darling, C. Johnston, A. Renwick. Replacements: G. Craig, D. Moussa,
M. Murray, S. Forrest, R. Crockatt.