SLUGGISH START COSTS SELKIRK
DEAR AS HAWICK TAKE THE BORDER LEAGUE SPOILS
Selkirk’s Kieran Cooney
takes the game to Hawick in Friday night’s Border League fixture at Mansfield Park.
Scott Tough finds himself surrounded by Green shirts as Hawick keep up the pressure
Photos: Grant Kinghorn Pics
Mikey Davies fires out a pass, watched by Gordon Patterson, Lewis MacLennan and Scott McDonald.
Selkirk number eight
Matt Kissick prepares to offload the ball following a scrum.
Hawick 43 Selkirk
A YOUNG Selkirk side found the
going tough in Friday night’s Booker Border League match at Mansfield Park, where both sides were keen to spread
the ball wide and provide the spectators with entertaining, open rugby.
After seven minutes Selkirk’s pack was shunted back by the Hawick eight to concede a penalty, which Lee Armstrong
duly converted. Enterprising offloading play by Selkirk was halted on a number of occasions by dropped balls, while
Hawick were also guilty of losing the ball in possession.
On the 10-minute mark the Greens scored a fine breakaway try from deep in their own half through full-back Scott
Peffers, with Armstrong easily landing the conversion.
At this stage of the match Selkirk flanker Ewan MacDougall had to leave the field after an accidental clash of
heads, and Chaney Willemse entered the fray as his replacement.
The Greens scored their next try through hooker Ross Graham after a solid drive by the forwards, and the conversion
by Armstrong gave Hawick a comfortable lead. The visitors were not helping their cause by regularly giving away
possession and missing first-time tackles - errors a skilful Hawick team was quick to punish.
Further tries by Armstrong, McLeod and Cottrell (on the stroke of half time) added to the visiting supporters’
disappointment. With an interval lead of 38-0, Hawick were playing at a level of pace Selkirk were finding hard
to live with.
The Selkirk coaches’ halftime team talk saw a sea change in the visitors’ performance levels, and Mikey Davies
(on at scrum-half for the second half) immediately made a telling break to release Callum McColm for an unconverted
Although this was cancelled out by a Neil McColm try for Hawick, the Souters were now competing much more effectively
at the set piece. Josh Welsh put his team into a good attacking position with a raking touch-finder, and Matt Kissick
- who had an excellent match – scored a converted try after several stirring phases of play.
Callum McColm created another attack with a weaving run, and Hawick were now finding themselves under pressure
in areas they had dominated in the first half. It came as no surprise when Josh Welsh found space down the stand
side to score a try, leaving defenders in his wake. Rory Banks brought out full points with an excellent conversion.
Selkirk saved their best try until last when Craig MacDougall was released in space and ran in between the posts
unopposed. Welsh converted to make the final score: Hawick 43, Selkirk 26.
The Greens thoroughly deserved their victory with a convincing first half display, but all credit to the young
Souters who retrieved a decent degree of pride by outscoring their opponents 26-5 in the second half.
SELKIRK - R. Banks, C. McEwan, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, C. McColm, S. Tough, G. Patterson, J. Bett,
C. Graur, K. Cooney , S. McDonald, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, M. Kissick. Replacements: M. Davies, R. Wilson, M.
Robertson, K. Ramage, C. Willemse.
2nds PLAYERS UNABLE TO HALT THE SELKIRK ‘A’ BANDWAGON
Lock Jamie Turnbull
(later named Selkirk ‘man of the match’) turns back line-out ball against Jed 2nds on Saturday.
Selkirk skipper Scott
Tough battles his way across the line for his side’s second try.
Wing Lewis Martin
finishes off a sprint along the grandstand touchline to score Selkirk’s opening try.
Scott Hendrie, always
a class act, touches down the second of his two tries against Jed 2nds.
Photos: Grant Kinghorn Pics
Selkirk ‘A’ 52, Jed-Forest
AFTER dominating the first 20 minutes
of Saturday’s Border 2nd XV Cup fixture at Philiphaugh, particularly in the scrums, it looked as though Jed-Forest
2nds would prove a hot handful for Selkirk.
However, having weathered the early storm, the home team gradually stamped its authority on the rest of proceedings,
eventually running in eight tries without reply.
Home supporters will have taken particular satisfaction at the re-appearance in Selkirk colours of prop Michael
Waldron (who hasn’t played since the Souters’ match against Ayr 2nds on January 18), as well as the return of 1st
XV regular Scott Hendrie, who has only played a couple of games this season (both for the ‘A’ XV) because of work
Both players showed up well in a Selkirk side that grew in confidence as the contest progressed. Locks Robert Cook
and Jamie Turnbull put in solid shifts against bigger and more physical opponents, while the back row of Ross Purves,
Scott McClymont and Matt Robertson were also in top form.
Jed were well served by the front row of Page, Storie and Bates, and with no replacements on the bench it says
much for the visitors’ stamina and perseverance that all 15 Jed players battled right to the end.
There was one yellow card in the match – Jed scrum-half Fraser compounding a squint feed offence minutes beforehand
by not rolling away at a ruck and being sent to the sidelines.
Selkirk’s first half scores came from Lewis Martin (2), skipper Scott Tough and Kieran Monks, with Rory Banks adding
three conversions. After the break, tries were scored by Scott Hendrie (2), Rory Banks and Craig Bruce, with Banks
adding two conversions and Jack Elliot one.
The home coaches later named Jamie Turnbull as Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’.
SELKIRK – S. Hendrie, L. Martin, A. Lyall, D. Swinbanks, K. Monks, R. Banks, S. Tough, K. Thomson, R. Wilson, B.
Riddell, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont, R. Purves, M. Robertson. Replacements: C. Bruce, J. Elliot, M. Waldron,
JED-FOREST – C. Reilly, A. Cowe, S. Paxton, O. Robertson, I. Jeff, M. Chisholm, J. Fraser, C. Page, A. Storie,
N. Bates, C. Liddle, C. Skeldon, J. Barrie, R. Marshall, J. Hynd.
Referee – Colin Reavely
HIT THE HIGHSPOTS WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN OVER BERWICK
GOOD TEAM EFFORT. The Selkirk under-16 squad line up for a photo at the start of Sunday’s match against Berwick
U-16s. Back row, from left - Gregor Grahame, Aaron Henderson, Matthew Gentleman, Tom Elliot, Ewen McKenzie, Lewis
Wilde, Liam Cassidy, Andrew McColm & Matthew Francis. Front - Robbie McMorran, Fraser Easson, Ciaran Wilkie,
Sam Coltherd (capt..), Jake Edwards, Connor Gray & Kyle Adamson.
Selkirk wing Aaron
Henderson makes a break up the stand touchline.
Gregor Grahame sprints
over for his team’s third try
[Photos: JOHN SMAIL]
81, Berwick under-16s 7
ON a perfect afternoon for rugby,
Selkirk’s under-16s side swept to a convincing victory over their Berwick counterparts at Philiphaugh on Sunday.
Up against much bigger opponents, the home players showed great character and poise to run in now fewer than 13
Selkirk’s first try came after Matthew Francis popped a neat chip over the defence and Sam Coltherd gathered
to score, with Fraser Easson converting. After a good break by Aaron Henderson, Connor Gray scored with Fraser
Easson again converting.
Gregor Grahame made a strong break to score next, with Fraser again converting. Berwick then rallied with
their number 10 scoring near the posts and also converting. Selkirk replied with some good handling in the backs,
resulting in Sam Coltherd getting his second try, Fraser again converting.
Kyle Adamson was next on the score sheet for Selkirk, showing a neat sidestep to score in the corner, and the first
half ended with Connor Gray scoring his second try, converted by Easson. Halftime score – Selkirk 40, Berwick 7.
A good break by Coltherd led to a try for Ciaran Wilkie, and soon afterwards No. 8 Tom Elliot scored the first
of his four tries, which Easson converted. A good double tackle by Matthew Gentleman and Ewen McKenzie allowed
Grahame to pick up the loose ball and score from 40 metres, and Berwick barely had time to draw breath before Tom
Elliot had crossed for tries two, three and four.
The final home player to get on the score sheet was Fraser Easson, thanks to an unselfish pass from Gregor Grahame.
This was a much improved performance by Selkirk, with special mention going to Aaron Henderson and Tom Elliot,
who is thriving in the No. 8 role. Sad to say, this may be skipper Sam Coltherd's last game, as he picks up his
jockey licence next week.
EXCITING DAY FOR SELKIRK RHINOS P7 PLAYERS AT SPECIAL MURRAYFIELD EVENT
RHINOS READY TO ROCK! The Selkirk Rhino P7 players prepare for their matches at BT Murrayfield on Sunday. From
left - Dylan Ward, Alec Sweetnam, Sean Martin, Tyler Hayes, Fraser Robertson, Andrew Cochrane, Calum Kemp, Dan
Williams, Cameron Welsh and Caleb Anderson.
ACTION STATIONS. The Selkirk Rhinos players battle for possession in the match against their Currie counterparts
at BT Murrayfield on Sunday. [Photos: RICHARD SWEETNAM]
THE Selkirk Rhinos P7 squad attended
the Positive Coaching Scotland Mini-Rugby Tournament staged on the back pitches at BT Murrayfield on Sunday, prior
to Edinburgh’s Guinness PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues.
A total of 28 teams were in attendance, with the Rhinos players proving a credit to the club and to themselves.
In their first matches the Selkirk side lost to big, strong Currie and Howe of Fife teams, but performed brilliantly
against Musselburgh to draw. They then only just lost out to Ardvreck by the odd try.
The emphasis of Sunday’s format was on rugby development and skills, as well as team ethic, respect and sportsmanship.
The boys scored highly on each of these features, and are looking forward to working with Selkirk DO Kieran Cooney
on the defensive aspects of their game.
The next Murrayfield appearance for Selkirk Rhinos will be in the New Year when the P4s and P5s will form the guard
of honour at the Guinness PRO12 game between Edinburgh and Ulster, with the Rhinos’ P6s taking part in the halftime
CHIPS ARE DOWN AS
CASINO NIGHT & MOVEMBER AWARDS LOOM ON HORIZON
NO CLOSE SHAVE HERE! Selkirk president Mick Craig (centre) is joined by club physio Ryan Crockatt (left) and son
Gavin at last Tuesday’s training, as the trio proudly shows off their Movember ‘mo’-growing efforts. [Photo: JOHN
YES WE CAN! One of the prizes at this year’s Movember awards night will go the person who has his ‘mo’ photographed
beside a famous celebrity. The winner of this prize in 2008 was Michael Rutherford, who clearly has friends in
EXCITEMENT is mounting as the club’s
combined Casino Night & Movember Awards ceremony draws near. This event is being staged in the Philiphaugh
Suite on Saturday night, with the funds raised being split between Selkirk RFC’s Youth Development Fund and Prostate
Tickets, priced £7, are still on sale behind the club bar and from Brown & Muir’s office in the West
Port, and a fun-filled night looks on the cards. Roulette, poker & blackjack tables are going to be in operation,
while a cocktail bar and disco are bound to enhance the atmosphere.
The majority of Selkirk’s players have entered into the spirit of the Movember campaign by growing all manner of
beards, moustaches and sideburns during the past month, and competition for the Movember prizes is going to be
Movember organiser John Smail is asking players to bring their Movember sponsorship sheets and money along to training
this week, or else to the Casino Night on Saturday.
BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
SELKIRK v. KELSO
at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)
MATCH SPONSOR – ANGUS
O’MALLEYS SPORTS BAR
MATCH BALL SPONSOR – Mrs NANCY BATEMAN
BT RESERVE LEAGUE NATIONAL 2
SELKIRK ‘A’ v. CURRIE 2nds
at Philiphaugh (2pm kick-off)
BT RESERVE LEAGUE EAST 2
SELKIRK STORMERS v. DUNFERMLINE 2nds
at Philiphaugh (2pm kick-off)
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|08/11 Selkirk 2nds 10 Stew Mel A 7 Report
EWAN ON MEND AFTER HEAD KNOCK
ENDS HIS 100% PLAYING RECORD!
SELKIRK supporters will be delighted to learn that
1st XV player Ewan MacDougall (pictured above) is now well on the road to recovery after spending Friday night
under observation in the Borders General Hospital.
The 22-year-old flanker was led dazed from the Mansfield Park pitch by physio Ryan Crockatt after an accidental
clash of heads with Ross Graham at the start of Friday night’s Border League match against Hawick. It was a worrying
sight for parents Malcolm and Liz, as well as Ewan’s granny Maisie, who were all at the match.
“I’m feeling much better now that I’ve had a couple of days’ rest,” Ewan told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday,
“but to be honest I still can’t remember much about the game. I was kept in overnight at the BGH, and a CT scan
on Saturday morning came up all clear, which was a big relief.
“I’ve been told to take a few days off work, but I’m feeling pretty much back to normal now. Hopefully it won’t
be too long until I’m down at Philiphaugh, and I’ll definitely be cheering on the boys from the sidelines against
Kelso on Saturday!”
Believe it or not, this is the first serious rugby injury Ewan has ever picked up. “Obviously I’m very glad the
injury didn’t turn out to be more severe,” said Ewan, “but at the same time I’m pretty gutted to be missing the
“This will be the first rugby match I’ve missed for Selkirk at any level – stretching right back to when I was
in first year at Selkirk High, and then as a Selkirk Youth Club player. Monday was also the first day I’ve ever
had off work since I was taken on as an apprentice, so one way and another it’s been a bit of a defining moment
After 85 games for the 1st XV, everybody at Philiphaugh hopes it won’t be too long until Ewan is back out on the
SAM TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT SCOTLAND
v. TONGA GAME
Sam Clark pictured with
Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw at Rugby Park.
SATURDAY’S match between Scotland and Tonga at Rugby
Park, Kilmarnock, proved a very special occasion for Selkirk Rhinos P6 player Sam Clark.
The Knowepark Primary School pupil had been chosen as one of the official Scotland mascots for the day, and shared
the limelight with Scotland’s international players as they lined up on the pitch prior to kick-off.
Sam was accompanied by Mum Lisa and Dad Ian, as well as by several other family members and a number of friends
Meeting Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw was just one
of the many magic moments enjoyed by Sam, who returned home to the Borders with plenty of mementoes of the day
and a whole of great memories!
ALEX SHINES FOR SCOTLAND N IMPIRESSIVE
WIN OVER TONGA
FORMER Selkirk player Alex Dunbar is pictured above
diving over the line to touch down Scotland’s third try in Saturday’s 37-12 victory over Tonga at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock,
on Saturday. The match saw Alex awarded his 11th full international cap, and the centre has now notched four tries
for Scotland during that time.
Meanwhile another ex-Selkirk player, Lee Jones, turned out for Glasgow Warriors in a Guinness Pro-12 fixture against
Llanelli Scarlets at the Parc y Scarlets on Friday night. The visitors lost the match 19-9, which was only Glasgow’s
second defeat of the season.
Later this week the Scotland sevens squad for the upcoming IRB tournament in Dubai will be announced, and Lee could
well find himself included in the Scots party.
CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT – STILL
SOME PLACES LEFT!
CLUB steward Les Mallin has contacted the selkirkrfc.com
web site to say there are still spaces available at the club’s Christmas party Night in the Philiphaugh Suite on
Friday, December 5th. The cost of tickets is £27.50 per head, with a slap-up meal, disco and party games
all included in the price.
“It should be a really fun night,” said Les, “and anyone wishing to book tables or tickets should contact either
myself on 07772 044 465, or assistant secretary Ross Thomson on 07811 537 072”.
(as at 17/11/2014)
Played 14 Won 11 Lost 3 Drawn 0
Points scored: 467. Points conceded: 246.
Tries scored: 65. Tries conceded: 33.
Leading try scorers (after 14 matches):
14 - Darren Clapperton; 8 – James Bett, Josh Welsh; 5 - Callum McColm, Craig MacDougall; 4 - Kieran Cooney; 3 -
Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall, Mikey Davies; 2 – Angus Duckett, Lewis MacLennan; 1 – Matt Kissick, Callum McEwan,
Cata Graur, Rory Banks, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.
Leading points scorers (after 14
matches): 147 – Josh Welsh (8 tries, 17 penalties, 28 conversions); 70 – Darren Clapperton (13 tries); 40 – James
Bett (8 tries).
Most appearances (after 14 matches):
14 - Ewan MacDougall, James Bett; 13 - Callum Marshall, Cata Graur, Craig MacDougall, Mikey Davies, Angus Duckett,
Callum McColm, Kieran Cooney; 12 - Jordan McGowan, Josh Welsh, Lewis MacLennan; 11 - Darren Clapperton; 10 - Gordon
Patterson, Callum McEwan, Ruairi Wilson; 9 - Rory Banks; 8 - Ross Nixon, Matt Kissick; 6 - Andrew Renwick; 5 –John
(as at 17/11/2014)
Played 10 Won 6 Lost 4 Drawn 0
Points scored: 273. Points conceded: 208.
Tries scored: 40. Tries conceded: 30.
Leading try scorers (after 10 matches):
6 - Lewis Martin; 5 – Callum McEwan; 4 Jack Elliot; 3 – Ali Lyall, Kieran Monks, Josh Welsh; 2 – Scott McClymont,
Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – Rory Banks, Robert Cook, Scott McDonald, Craig Bruce, Darren
Knox, Scott Hendrie, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.
Leading points scorers (after 10 matches): 58
– Jack Elliot (4 tries, 6 penalties, 10 conversions); 30 - Lewis Martin (6 tries); 27 – Josh Welsh (3 tries, six
conversions); 25 – Callum McEwan (5 tries), 21 – Rory Banks (1 try, 2 penalties, 5 conversions).
Most appearances (after 10 matches):
10 – Lewis Martin, Scott McClymont; 9 – Robert Cook, Ross Purves, Jack Elliot; 8 - Craig Bruce, 7 – Matt Robertson,
Kieran Thomson, Kieran Monks, Callum Turnbull; 6 - Scott Tough, Kyle Stillie, Scott McDonald; 5 – Jamie Turnbull,
Jack Houston, Ruairi Wilson, Sam Mackay; 4 – Willie McClymont, Andrew Given, Kyle Ramage; 3 – Bruce Riddell, Callum
McEwan, Darren Knox, Jason Hendrie, Jimmy Stephen.
(as at 3/11/2014)
Played 1 Won 1 Lost 0 Drawn 0
Points scored: 72. Points conceded: 0.
Tries scored: 12. Tries conceded: 0.
Leading try scorers (after one match):
3 – Lewis Beaton, Michael McVie; 1 – Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Craig Bruce, James Bett, Blair Amos, Ewan MacDougall,
Leading points scorers (after one
match): 27 – Michael McVie (3 tries, 6 conversions.
Most appearances (after one match): 1 - Kieran Monks, Duncan Lawson, Lewis
Beaton, Bob Wilkinson, Tom Walling, Michael McVie, Craig Bruce, Chris Fairbairn, James Bett, Kyle Ramage, Adam
Nichol, Jack Houston, Blair Amos, Willie McClymont, Ewan MacDougall, Kieran Cooney, Donny Mackenzie.
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SELKIRK RFC CLUB SHOP
THE Selkirk RFC Club Shop is open for every home
1st XV fixture, and on Tuesday training nights from 6.30-7.30pm. It is also open on Sundays at the Rhinos training
sessions - 10am - 12noon.
The shop stocks replica Selkirk Playing kit plus a wide range of SRFC hoodies, jackets, gilets, polo shirts, club
shirts and club ties.
Any Rhinos looking for playing or training kit can get it in the shop.
There are numerous small Selkirk RFC 'gift' items including mini rugby balls, pens, key fobs and mugs... and much.
much more to tempt.
Club shop manager Alison Rutherford looks forward to seeing you in the shop very soon!
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