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SELKIRK RUN THE ROYAL BLUES CLOSE, BUT RIVERSIDE MEN HAVE FINAL SAY

Selkirk flanker Matt Robertson breaks up the touchline at Riverside Park on Saturday, watched by team-mates Max Gordon (left) and Andrew Renwick.

Vice-skipper Ewan MacDougall finds his way blocked by two Jed opponents, with Josh Welsh ready to lend support if needed.

Selkirk try scorer Tythan Adams runs full tilt at the Jed defence, watched by prop Bonekele Siyothula.

Scrum-half Callum McEwan sets off on another attacking run, tracked by number eight Ewan MacDougall.

Selkirk’s Peter Forrest is brought down by Jed-Forest prop Paulo Ferreira in Saturday’s match at Riverside Park.


[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]

JED-FOREST 29, SELKIRK 25

A CONFIDENT Jed-Forest side completed the double over old rivals Selkirk on Saturday at Riverside Park, where spectators were treated to nine tries in a hotly contested BT National League 1 match.
It was the Royal Blues who made the more convincing start, with the home pack calling the shots both at the set-piece and in the loose - a line-out error by the visitors resulting in an opportunist try by Jed’s talented second row forward Gregor Law.
This score spurred the Souters into action, and after slick interplay between Selkirk’s forwards and backs had stretched the home defence to breaking point, visiting skipper Ross Nixon burst clear to touch down under the posts.
Tries by Jed scrum-half Gary Munro and wing Robbie Shirra-Gibb were countered by a try from Selkirk prop Cata Graur, putting the Royal Blues 19-12 ahead at halftime.
Selkirk flanker Max Gordon was showing no ill-effects from his four-month injury lay-off and turned in a five-star display for the visitors, well supported by back row colleagues Matt Robertson and Ewan MacDougall.
For Jed, the strong-running Young brothers were proving a hot handful for the Selkirk defence, and it came as no surprise when Gregor and Lewis each crossed the line for a try to put the home team in a commanding position.
To their credit Selkirk never gave up the fight, and a try by South African wing Tythan Adams (his 10th in 13 appearances for the Philiphaugh side) plus a second touchdown by Cata Graur kept the visitors in touch. Josh Welsh and Ciaran Whyte each added a conversion.
It looked as though Selkirk might sneak a win late in the game when they managed to create a three-to-one overlap, but Jed managed to wrap up the ball-carrier and the chance was lost.
JED-FOREST – L. Young, C. Young, G. Young, R. Hogg, R. Shirra-Gibb, E. Stewart, G. Munro, C. Hogg, G. Paxton, P. Ferreira, C. Skeldon, G. Robson, M. Weekley, C. Cowan. Replacements: G. Slorance, G. Clarkson, D. Grieve, M. Mitchell, C. Gillon.
SELKIRK – C. Whyte, T. Adams, L. MacLennan, R. Nixon, J. Welsh, C. McColm, C. McEwan, C. Graur, J. Bett, B. Siyothula, P. Forrest, A. Renwick, M. Gordon M. Robertson, E. MacDougall. Replacements: F. Anderson, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Houston, J. Mackay.

Referee – Steve Williams (Gala).

SELKIRK ‘A’ END SEASON ON DEFIANT NOTE AGAINST RESERVE LEAGUE’S HIGH-FLYERS

Selkirk A’s ‘man of the match’ - scrum-half Jackson Wallace - launches another counter-attack at Philiphaugh on Saturday.

Selkirk ‘A’ players Rory Banks, Ross Purves, Jy Griffin, Robert Cook, Strath Mackenzie and Craig MacDougall get ready for some last-ditch defending.

They shall not pass! Jimmy Stephen, Strath Mackenzie, Rory Banks and Craig MacDougall get to grips with the Stirling County juggernaut.

[Photos: CAROLE GERRARD]

SELKIRK ‘A’ 18, STIRLING COUNTY 2nds 38

STIRLING County won promotion to BT Reserve League National 1 courtesy of Saturday’s victory at Philiphaugh, but it was the home team who won the plaudits by refusing to buckle in the face of far bigger and stronger opponents.
“The boys have been punching above their weight all season,” Selkirk coach Jason Hendrie said after the match, “and today managed to hold their own against a side who’ve been sweeping all before them.
“I thought our scrum held up particularly well, given the disparity in weight between the packs. It’s pleasing to see how well this side has gelled over the past few weeks, given the difficult start we had to our league campaign.”
The match saw Selkirk’s Craig MacDougall make a successful return from injury, forming a strong centre partnership with Douglas Swinbanks. Full-back Rory Hamilton caught the eye with some dazzling runs, while scrum-half Jackson Wallace helped steady the ship with another five-star display both in attack and defence.
Stirling took an early lead through tries by Stuart Imrie and Morgan Whitton, but Selkirk countered with a fine try by Kerr Gerrard, following breaks from Jy Griffin and Jimmy Stephen.
A penalty from Rory Banks made the halftime score 12-8 to the visitors.
Stirling increased their lead through a brace of tries from flanker Douglas Westwood, both converted by Ross Drummond, and Selkirk then suffered a setback when hooker Ruairi Wilson took a head knock and had to leave the field.
Nevertheless the home side stayed in touch thanks to a Banks drop-goal and a well-worked Alan Rutter try.
Stirling put the issue beyond doubt when Stephan Yarrow and Drummond crossed for further tries.
Selkirk’s ‘man of the match’ award went to Jackson Wallace.
SELKIRK – R. Hamilton, J. Griffin, D. Swinbanks, C. MacDougall, K. Gerrard, R. Banks, J. Wallace, R. Reilly, R. Wilson, B. Riddell, J. Stephen, M. Stanners, R. Cook, S. Mackenzie, R. Purves. Replacements: R. Shiel, J. Hendrie, A. Rutter.
STIRLING COUNTY – S. Imrie, M. Whitton, O. Jarvie, D. Lyle, R. Campbell, R. Drummond, C. Jardine, A. Moffat, L. Brymer, C. Black, F. Kesson, S. Yarrow, G. Anderson, D. Westwood, H. Henderson. Replacements: B. Gilchrist, D. Morrison, W. Nelson, M. Anderson, K. Gammie, J. Gibson, A. Holdstock.
Referee – Ian Dunlop (Dumfries).

FIXTURES/EVENTS

SATURDAY, APRIL 1
BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
SELKIRK v. HAMILTON
at Philiphaugh (kick-off 3pm)

SUNDAY, APRIL 2
FIVE STAR TAXIS GALA SEVENS
at Netherdale (first tie 2pm)

THE DRAW

POOL 1

POOL 2

POOL 3

POOL 4

(14.00)Melrose

V
Selkirk

(14.17)Gala

V
Langholm

Watsonians
V (14.34)
Hawick

Jed Forest
V (14.51)
Earlston

(15.08)Melrose

V
Edin Accies

(15.25)Gala

V
Kelso

Watsonians
V (15.42)
Peebles

Jed Forest
V (15.59)
Boroughmuir

(16.16)Selkirk

V
Edin Accies

 

(16.33)Langholm

V
Kelso

Hawick
V (16.50)
Peebles

Earlston
V (17.07)
Boroughmuir

The final is expected to be played at 18.50.

 

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SELKIRK U-15s TEAM GET TO FINAL OF SOUTH SEVENS TOURNAMENT

Back row: Fraser Cullen, Thomas Martin, Lewis Sanders, Clark Young, Archie Penman. Front: Kieran McGregor, James Flockhart, Joe Borthwick, Andy Brown & Ben Dickson. 


SELKIRK’S under-15 players turned on the style at the 2017 South Sevens tournament at Netherdale, winning all three of their pool matches against Duns, Jedburgh and Peebles 
The young Souters then went on to meet a very good Earlston side in the tournament’s final, eventually going down 29-0 (although it was a much closer contest than the scoreline suggests). 
Everyone in Selkirk’s 10-man squad played their part to the full, backing up well at all times and scoring some outstanding tries.

SEARCH NOW ON TO FIND NEW EDITOR FOR ‘SELKIRKRFC.COM’ WEB SITE

AFTER writing and editing copy for the selkirkrfc.com web site for the past 15 years or so, John Smail has signalled he intends stepping down from the post at the end of the current season.
“I’ve really enjoyed being involved with the web site,” said John, who is a life member of Selkirk Rugby Club as well as a former player and president.
“A lot of the web site’s success is down to Mike Craig, who faithfully sorts out, and slots into place, all the stories and match reports I send over to him.
“Club photographer Grant Kinghorn is another tremendous asset, as the pictures he takes at all Selkirk’s games and other related events help give the web site a truly professional feel.
“I hope both Mike and Grant will continue to work alongside my successor, and I’d like to wish them all the very best for the future.”
Anyone who might be in interested in helping compile the selkirkrfc.com web site next season is asked to contact John by e-mailing him at smail959@btinternet.com

STEWART’S/MELVILLE FP FIRST UP FOR SELKIRK AT THE GREENYARDS

SELKIRK have been drawn against fellow BT National League side Stewart’s/Melville FP in the first round of this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens on Saturday, April 8.

The Souters will play in the afternoon’s fifth tie, and if successful will meet GSI Select in the second round. GSI stands for Global Sports Innovation, a company founded by Richie Gray of Gala, who in recent years has worked as a skills coach with both the Scottish & South African international squads.

It is understood the GSI team will comprise English students, and takes the place at the Greenyards of Western Province, who have had to drop out of the original line-up.

SELKIRK SEVENS DATE

THIS year’s Selkirk Sevens tournament will take place at Philiphaugh on Saturday, May 6.

 

1st XV

(as at 27/3/2017)

Played 26 Won 13 Lost 13 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 696. Pts conceded: 542.
Tries scored: 105. Tries conceded: 84.


Leading try scorers (after 26 matches): 18 - Darren Clapperton; 12 - Scott Hendrie; 10- Tythan Adams; 8 - Josh Welsh; 7 - Ross Nixon, Craig MacDougall; 6 - Ciaran Whyte; 4 – Frazer Anderson, Cata Graur; 3 - Andrew Renwick, Callum McEwan, Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan; 2 – Ewan MacDougall, Mikey Davies, Peter Forrest, Jordan McGowan; 1- Bonekele Siyothula, James Bett, Michael Waldron, Ian Oosthuizen, Dave Allan, Scott McDonald, Rory Banks, Sean Nixon, Max Gordon, Scott Tough.


Leading points scorers (after 26 matches): 130 – Josh Welsh (8 tries, 7 penalties, 37 conversions); 90 – Darren Clapperton (18 tries), 81 – Ciaran Whyte (6 tries, 5 penalties, 18 conversions).

Most appearances (after 26 matches): 26 - Ross Nixon, Matt Robertson, Peter Forrest; 24 - Ewan MacDougall; 22 - Kieran Cooney, Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 21 - Ciaran Whyte; 18 - Cata Graur; 17 - Michael Waldron; 16 - Andrew Renwick, Scott Hendrie; 15 - Callum McEwan,; 14 - Frazer Anderson, Craig MacDougall, Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Sean Nixon; 13 - Mikey Davies, Lewis MacLennan, Tythan Adams, Max Gordon; 12 - Jackson Wallace, Bonekele Siyothula; 9 - Ian Oosthuizen, Gavin Craig; 8 – Scott McDonald.

‘A’ XV
(as at 27/3/2017)

Played 21 Won 7 Lost 14 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 364. Pts conceded: 610.
Tries scored: 57. Tries conceded: 92.

Leading try scorers (after 21 matches): 8 – Kerr Gerrard; 5 - Frazer Anderson, Ross Purves; 4 - Rory Banks, Rory Hamilton, Dave Allan, Lewis Martin; 2 – Alan Rutter, Strath Mackenzie, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm, Ruairi Wilson, Harry Borthwick; 1 –Bruce Riddell, Josh Welsh, Robert Cook, Jackson Wallace, Bonekele Siyothula, Callum McEwan, Donald Nichol, Aaron McColm, Michael Waldron, Scott Tomlinson, Matthew Stanners, Neil Darling.


Leading points scorers (after 21 matches): 82 - Rory Banks (4 tries, 11 penalties, 13 conversions, 1 drop-goal); 49 – Rory Hamilton (4 tries, 1 penalty, 13 conversions); 40 – Kerr Gerrard (8 tries).

Most appearances (after 21 matches): 18 - Robbie Reilly, Rory Hamilton, Jimmy Stephen; 17 - Ross Purves, Robert Cook; 16 - Strath Mackenzie; 15 - Jy Griffin; 14 - Kerr Gerrard, Lewis Martin; 13 - Gavin Ross, Dave Allan; 12 - Ryan Shiel;11- Douglas Swinbanks, Frazer Anderson, Finlay Amos, Harry Borthwick; 10 – Willie McClymont, Ryan Legge, Kieran Thomson; 9 – Rory Banks, Alan Lambie; 8 - Jamie Turnbull, Ali Lyall, Callum McColm; 7- Ruairi Wilson, Jack Houston, Donald Nichol; 6 - Jackson Wallace, Bruce Riddell, Michael Waldron; 5 - Alan Rutter, Connor Ward, Lewis MacLennan; 4 –Kieran Monks, Gavin Craig; 3 –Cata Graur, Scott McDonald, Phil Anderson.