CHIEFTAINS ‘A’ PROVE TOO STRONG FOR SELKIRK ‘A’, DESPITE HOME SIDE’S DOGGED RESISTANCE

Ethan McVicker shows a clean pair of heels to Currie’s defenders on his way to a fine individual try.

Selkirk’s player-coach David Cassidy takes on the Currie defenders in typically full-blooded fashion.

Back row forward Adam Nichol gets airborne to catch a high pass from one of his team-mates.

Skipper Liam Cassidy launches a break, with Ruaraidh MacKessack-Leitch ready to lend support.

[Photos – JOHN SMAIL]

SELKIRK ‘A’ 15, CURRIE CHIEFTAINS ‘A’ 38

SELKIRK ‘A’ welcomed a strong Currie Chieftains ‘A’ side to Philiphaugh on Saturday for a rearranged Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 fixture.
The Souters started well and from an offside penalty Sam Cockburn sweetly struck the ball over from 40 metres to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
Currie then lost the services of their full-back, Fraser Sayers, who took a nasty head knock. However, after a series of drives from the visitors’ pack, the ball was whipped wide for right winger Euan Crombie to run in unopposed.
Next came a try by left wing Matthew Bradshaw to extend Currie’s lead to 10-3.
Following some great defending by both Jamie Turnbull and Ruaraidh MacKessack-Leitch, turnover ball resulted in a break from stand-off Ethan McVicker, who jinked his way through the Currie defence to score beneath the posts. Cockburn duly converted.
With halftime approaching, openside Alex Wainwright - son of ex-Scotland captain Rob - completed the scoring when he squeezed through for a try, converted by Samuel Leto, making the interval score 10-17.
With the wind now at their backs, the Chieftains scored two further tries through Bradshaw, converted by Leto, to increase their lead to 31-10.
However, the home team rallied and managed to create space on the right for winger Nathaniel Armstrong to touch down over the whitewash.
With time running out, the final word went to Currie when centre Jack Peter touched down (Leto again converting) to make the final score 38-15 to the visitors.
Ryan Legge’s return at No. 9 gave Selkirk a welcome boost, with his precision passing from the base of rucks a plus-point, while veteran David Cassidy once again defied his age with some powerful runs and astute kicking throughout the game.
In the pack, both of the Turnbull brothers almost tackled themselves to a standstill, with ‘Selkirk Man on the Match’ Ruaraidh MacKessack-Leitch proving his worth by chasing down the defence at every opportunity.

SELKIRK – S. Cockburn, F. Anderson, L. Martin, D. Cassidy, C. Young, E. McVicker, R. Legge, K. Thomson, R. McFadzen, C. Turnbull, J. Turnbull, D. Broatch, A. Nichol, L. Cassidy, R. MacKessack-Leitch. Replacements: M. Stanners, C. Ward, R. Murray, L. Sanders, L. Davidson, N. Armstrong, T. Martin.
CURRIE CHIEFTAINS – F. Sayers, E. Crombie, F. McKay, J. Peters, M. Bradshaw, S. Leto, C. Lessels, E. Blair, C. Harrison,
G. Williamson, S. Edwards, N. Thompson, A. Wainwright, A. Ferguson, J. O’Brien. Replacements: R. Clark, B. Harrison, P. Smith, C. Sayers, J. Sprot, T. Meyer.

Referee – Matthew Wilkie (Kelso).

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