Melrose Knights 90, Selkirk Stormers 5

Stormers made to struggle at the Greenyards by strong Melrose Knights team

Scott McDonald - scored Stormers' only try.

THIS was another hard day at the office for Selkirk Stormers' plucky band of players, who found themselves up against an extremely powerful Melrose Knights side in Saturday's Border Farm Supplies Championship fixture at the Greenyards.

There was no hiding place for the visitors on the wide expanses of Melrose's main pitch, but once again every member of the Stormers' squad did their very best to stem the tide of black and yellow jerseys swarming towards their try line.

Trailing 45-0 at the interval, the Philiphaugh youngsters picked up their game after the break, and were rewarded by a try from openside flanker Scott McDonald, who capitalised on Willie McClymont's storming run to crash over near the corner.

Normal service was soon resumed, however, with Melrose eventually running in a total of 14 tries to seal an emphatic win.

Stormers' man of the match was second row forward Sean Nixon, whose first-up tackling was out of the top drawer, and whose hard work at the set piece and in broken play was never less than steadfast.

Number eight Rob McGregor also showed up well, a last-gasp tackle towards the end of the game resulting in the Ashkirk youngster receiving a cut eyelid which later required several stitches. Wing Marc Cockburn also deserves a mention in despatches after putting in several big hits.

STORMERS - T. Walling, M. Dogan, R. Henderson, J. Graham, M. Cockburn, C. Monks, B. Anderson, C. Henderson, S. Rodgerson, B. Reid, S. Nixon, C. Fairbairn, W. McClymont, S. McDonald, R. McGregor. Replacements: C. Ward, A. White, D. Mackenzie.