Selkirk Stormers 6, Gala 2nds 93

ACTION STATIONS. Selkirk centre Ryan Henderson finds himself in the thick of the action in Saturday's match between the Crusaders and Gala 2nds. (Photo: Grant Kinghorn)

THIS Border Development Cup game at Philiphaugh always looked something of a mismatch, given the number of home players unavailable for selection and the presence of several Gala first team players coming back from injury.

Despite the scoreline, the Crusaders players put up a good fight over the piece, the home forwards in particular putting up a strong defence against the bigger and stronger Gala eight. Outstanding in the loose were Rob McGregor, David Purves and Steven Renwick.

The home threequarters put in some sterling work in the face of a very fast and skilled Gala back division, with every player doing their best to stem the onslaught of Gala tries. Special mentions go to Ryan Henderson and John Graham for some brave defending.

Bruce Anderson scored the Stormersí points from two penalties

Coaches Donny Mackenzie and Colin Bruce both saw action on the field to help the Crusaders' cause, and will no doubt be hoping to have a bigger squad available for this week's cup game at Haddington. There is still a great spirit in the Crusaders' camp, and having put their first points of the season on the board, the boys will be going all-out to score their first try of the season next weekend.

CRUSADERS - B. Purves, M. Cockburn, J. Graham, R. Henderson, Rob Cook, C. Bruce, B. Anderson, S. Renwick, S. Rodgerson, B. Reid, C. Ward, D. Purves, W. McClymont, R. McGregor, B. Amos. Replacement: D. Mackenzie.