Jed-Forest 'A' 48, Selkirk Stormers 19

Stormers sign off with typically gutsy display, but experienced Jed team too hot to handle

Darren Scott - Selkirk's 'Man of the Match'

SATURDAY'S match at Riverside Park was Selkirk Stormers' final Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture before this weekend's play-offs, and the visitors never gave less than their best against an experienced and powerful Jed-Forest 'A' side, who registered an emphatic eight-try victory.

The home forwards' aggression at the breakdown area kept Stormers on the back foot for the majority of the first half, but one bright spot for the visitors was a fine passage of play which saw Stormers go through a dozen phases of possession before stand-off Darren Scott side-stepped his way past two home defenders to score under the posts. The same player added the conversion to leave the visitors trailing 38-7 at the break.

Coach Colin Bruce told his players at halftime to be more competitive and take the game to Jed in the second period, and the Stormers responded positively by 'winning' the second half by a scoreline of 12-10.

Openside flanker Matt Robertson scored the visitors' first try after the break following a great piece of support play, managing to ground the ball despite being tap-tackled just short of the try line. Selkirk's second score came from replacement Andrew Millar following a ruck just outside Jed's 22, with skipper Scott Tough executing a clever inside pass to put Millar over.

Stormers' fly-half Darren Scott was voted Selkirk's 'Man of the Match' by the Jed-Forest committee, with special mentions also going to Sean Nixon, Matt Robertson and Connor Ward for some god work at the line-out and in the loose.

STORMERS - C. Monks, M. Hislop, J. Hendrie, C. MacDougall, R. Henderson, D. Scott, S. Tough, B. Reid, S. Rodgerson, C. Henderson, S. Nixon, C. Ward, W. McClymont, M. Robertson, R. McGregor. Replacements: S. Forrest, P. Forrest, C. Fairbairn, S. McDonald, A. Millar.