Selkirk Stormers 15, Kelso 2nds 36 

No lack of effort on Stormers' part, but Tweedsiders take chances to seal victory

STORMERS' Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture against a very strong Kelso 2nds side at Philiphaugh on Saturday proved an exciting game of rugby, with both sides willing to run the ball at every opportunity.

The Tweedsiders were first to score 15 minutes into the game, before Selkirk hit a purple patch and scored two fine tries - the first from Rory Banks after a neat chip over the visitors' threequarter line, and the second from 'man of the match' Scott Tough, who ran in from the 22-metre line after a scum pick-up and break from Scott Tomlinson.

Midway trough the first half Selkirk lost skipper Kieran Reid with a serious leg injury which required surgery at the BGH, and will keep him out of the game for the rest of the season -tough luck on a player who always gives nothing less than 100 per cent. Kelso scored another two tries to make the half time score Selkirk Stormers 10, Kelso 2nds 19.

The visitors upped the tempo at the start of the second half, and racked up another two tries without reply. However, Selkirk came back into the game with an unconverted try from prop Steven Renwick, who drove over from about 30 metres (really only three…!). Kelso scored another try late on,. making the final score Selkirk Stormers 15, Kelso 2nds 36.

As a squad the Stormers' players turned in a really committed performance, and can take heart from what they have achieved to date in a very strong league.

STORMERS - C. Beattie, R. Henderson, C. MacDougall, A. Lyall, T. Swan, R. Banks, S. Tough, C. Henderson, P. Forrest, B. Reid, C. Fairbairn, C. Ward, K. Reid, S. Tomlinson, M. Robertson. Replacements: F. Jack, S. Rodgerson, W. McClymont, S. Nixon, D. Scott, S. Renwick.