ATROCIOUS PLAYING CONDITIONS FAIL TO PUT DAMPER ON TYPICALLY FULL-BLOODED DERBY

Selkirk and Hawick’s players observe a minute’s silence before kick-off in memory of Ross Thomson.


Selkirk scrum-half Ethan McVicker spins out a pass to his waiting team-mate Scott McClymont.


Skipper Ewan MacDougall breaks from a scrum, with Ethan McVicker ready to lend support.


Selkirk stand-off Ben Pickles puts in a grubber kick, watched by team-mate Andrew McColm.

Scott McClymont collects line-out ball, with Andrew McColm and Andrew Renwick doing the lifting.

[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]



SELKIRK 9, HAWICK 14

DESCRIBED by one player as the worst weather conditions he’d ever experienced, Selkirk’s Tennent’s Premiership clash with Hawick on Saturday was a physical battle every bit as fierce and unrelenting as the icy sleet and rain sweeping down the Philiphaugh pitch.
The game’s turning point came just before halftime, with Selkirk clinging to a narrow 3-0 lead courtesy of Keiran Clark’s fifth minute penalty.
Failing to find touch from a clearance kick inside their own ‘22’ proved costly for the home team, as Hawick collected the ball and proceeded to methodically work their way up to the Selkirk try line via a succession of controlled forward carries.
The breakthrough finally came when fly-half Kirk Ford found just enough space on the right to squeeze over the line for a try, adding the conversion for good measure to give his team a 7-3 interval lead.
Up until that point Selkirk’s players had shown commendable resilience in withstanding some heavyweight Hawick attacks, although the Greens’ cause wasn’t helped by regularly conceding penalties at the breakdown.
Some accurate kicking out of defence by Keiran Clark also helped keep the visitors at bay, while lock Andrew Renwick was always to be found in the thick of the action, with or without ball in hand.
In the second half, despite having Scott McClymont off the field receiving treatment for a nose injury, Selkirk cut the deficit to a single point from Clark’s second successful penalty.
However, with Hawick’s scrum increasingly in the ascendancy, it came as no surprise when referee Michael Todd awarded the visitors a penalty try on the hour-mark. This followed a flurry of penalties against the retreating home pack, stretching the visitors’ lead to 14-6.
To their credit Selkirk’s players never lost their self-belief, and a third penalty from the boot of Keiran Clark was just reward for the clever jinking break he’d made up the middle of the pitch moments earlier.
After the match Selkirk head coach Scott Wight remained upbeat about his side’s display: “After last week’s disappointment at Musselburgh we’d asked the boys for a bit more energy and desire, and I think the players showed that in abundance today.
“The try Hawick scored before halftime was a real momentum shifter, which was disappointing, as I thought the effort by our boys was through the roof. We came out in the second half and gave as good as we got, but Hawick stood firm.
“Obviously conditions were very difficult for both teams, but at the end of the day to take away a bonus point was a positive.”
The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to full-back Keiran Clark.
SELKIRK: K. Clark; A. Bulman, R. Chalmers, A. Grant-Suttie, C. McNeill; B. Pickles, E. McVicker; L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, T. Brown, A. Renwick, A. McColm, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements: R. Reilly, R. McFadzen, R. Cook, J. Hamilton, F. Anderson.
HAWICK: B. Donaldson; L. Gordon-Woolley, B. Evans, A. Mitchell, R. McKean; K. Ford, D. Lightfoot; S. Muir, M. Carryer, D. Gamble, R. Smith, S. Fairbairn, S. Graham, C. Sutherland, R. Brown. Replacements: R. Graham, R. Macleod, C. Renwick, S. Frizzel, A. Redpath.

Referee: Michael Todd (SRU).

Video highlights from Selkirk v Hawick 04/12

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