HIGH-FLYING HAWKS CALL THE TUNE, BUT SECOND HALF RESURGENCE EARNS SELKIRK A BONUS POINT



Selkirk number eight Callum Marshall halts a Hawks attack, watched by team-mates Thomas Brown, Clark Young, Joe Anderson and Donald Nichol. [Photo – BOB COATES]

GLASGOW HAWKS 40, SELKIRK 26

FOLLOWING a lacklustre first half display against a well-organised Glasgow Hawks side at Balgray on Saturday, Selkirk’s ‘never-say-die’ attitude after the break saw the visitors raise their game to earn a deserved try bonus point.
Playing with the wind at their backs and the slope in their favour, Hawks took full advantage of some indifferent tackling by the visitors to go 14-0 ahead within the first 10 minutes, dominating proceedings right up to the break.
Selkirk found possession hard to come by, especially at the line-out, consequently spending almost the entire half battling to defend their line from a crimson tide of Hawks attacks.
The home team notched no fewer than five first half tries through Andrew Syme, Jack McLean (2), Istok Totic and Ronan Joy, with skipper Liam Brim kicking all the conversions for a 35-0 halftime lead.
With Donald Nichol and Scott McClymont replacing Peter Forrest and Andrew McColm in the second half, and with the elements now in their favour, the visitors cut the deficit when Rob Cook dived over for a try from close range.
Although Hawks replied in kind through Lewis McNamara, Selkirk scrum-half Jack Hamilton – who had an outstanding game – crossed for the visitors’ second try soon afterwards, with Scott Clark adding the conversion.
Despite losing replacement Moray Haldane and Callum McNeill both injured, the Souters nevertheless took full advantage of the yellow cards shown to McNamara and Ali Rogers to score a fourth try through Scott McClymont with just minutes left on the clock to salvage a bonus point.
Special mention goes to Callum Marshall, back in Selkirk colours after finishing his Super6 career with Heriot’s, and also to fellow Souter exile Darren Knox, who came off the bench to telling effect.
Peter Forrest also showed up well in his first game of the season, holding his own when on front row duty in the second half.
“It was obviously disappointing to get off to such a poor start,” said team manager Tom Ramage, “but all credit to the boys for coming out after the break and turning things around.
“It will definitely give everyone a lift as we prepare for this weekend’s vital match against Aberdeen Grammar.”
GLASGOW HAWKS: J. Pinkerton, C. Kennedy, B McGroarty, F. Grosse, R. Joy, L. Brims, M. Donaldson, M. Downer, I. Totic, G. Strain, A Syme, J. McLean, L. Stewart, T. Brown, L. McNamara. Replacements: P. Cairncross, A. Rogers, R. Chisholm, F. Burgess, M. Stewart.
SELKIRK: C. McNeill, F. Anderson, C. Anderson, E. MacDougall, A. Bulman, S. Clark, J. Hamilton, L. Pettie, B. Riddell, J. Anderson, T. Brown, P. Forrest, A. McColm, R. Cook, C. Marshall. Replacements: M. Haldane, D. Nichol, S. McClymont, C. Young, D. Knox.

Referee: Ruaridh Campbell (SRU)

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