LOSS OF THE MATCH, BUT CERTAINLY NO LOSS OF FACE FOR BIG-HEARTED SELKIRK ‘A’ PLAYERS


Selkirk no. 8 Declan Broatch is brought to the ground during Saturday’s match against Heriot’s Blues 2nds.

Scrum-half Ryan Legge prepares to feed the Selkirk ‘A’ threequarter line.

[Photos – KATRINA MARTIN]

HERIOT’S BLUES 2nds 60, SELKIRK ‘A’ 5

ONCE again Goldenacre proved a difficult place to break the stranglehold of Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 leaders Heriot Blues 2nds, with the home team coming away 60-5 victors.
Heriot’s proved too strong for the Souters in all areas, and 10 tries to one proved a fair assessment of the game.
The return of Polish prop Zen Szwagrzak to the visitors’ ranks was a welcome sight, with scrum-half Scott Tough also coming back from a long-term injury to pull on the Selkirk jersey once more.
However, despite the scoreline this wasn’t a one-sided affair, with Selkirk’s players showing commendable commitment throughout the full 80 minutes.
Although up against a physically stronger pack, the Selkirk ’A’ forwards never threw in the towel and in spells asked questions of the well-drilled Blues eight.
And it was this same spirit that brought about a try in the dying minutes for the Philiphaugh side, with prop Robbie Reilly dotting the ball down in the corner.
Special mention must go to Selkirk’s hard-working forwards, with man of the match Jamie Turnbull always to the fore, while the visitors’ back line - in particular Adam Nichol and Guy Mallin - ran themselves ragged, tackling everything that was thrown at them.
SELKIRK – S. Cockburn, L. Martin, F. Anderson, A. Nichol, N. Armstrong, T. Martin, R. Legge, R. Reilly, M. Stanners, M. Francis, C. Turnbull, J. Turnbull, L. Cassidy, R. MacKessack-Leitch, D. Broatch. Replacements: L. Sanders, Z. Szwagrzak,  C. Ward,  R. Murray, S. Tough, G. Mallin, D. Cassidy.

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