Conceding early tries in each
half makes life difficult for Stormers at Kelso
THE Stormers made a shaky start to Saturday's Border
Farm Supplies Championship fixture at Kelso, leaking three tries in the opening 15 minutes - one from a scrum pushover
and the other two stemming from defensive errors in the Selkirk back division.
Despite these setbacks, the visitors didn't let their heads drop and put the Tweedsiders under a lot of pressure,
although yet again they were unable to turn pressure into points. The halftime whistle saw Kelso 31-0 ahead, although
this did not fully reflect the effort put in by the Stormers' players.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with the visitors conceding a couple of simple scores
early on. Once again Selkirk recovered their poise but couldn't get across the home try line.
Kelso scored another two tries late on in the game, but Selkirk eventually hit back with a gem of a try from Craig
Monks, who took a crash ball from player-coach Marcus Barnett following a scrum pick-up near the Kelso line. This
was no more than the visitors deserved, and should give the players heart for this Saturday's game against Jed-Forest
'A' at Philiphaugh.
STORMERS - C. Monks, M. Cockburn, M. Robertson,
J. Graham, M. Hislop, C. Ward, S. Tough, C. Wildig, S. Rodgerson, C. Henderson, C. Fairbairn, M. Dogan, W. McClymont,
D. Purves, R. McGregor. Replacements: K. Reid, M Barnett, K. Lamont.