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SILENT TRIBUTE. Selkirk and Hillhead-Jordanhill players observe a minute’s silence prior to Saturday’s match in memory of former Selkirk president Frank McCudden, who passed away last month. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

LEFT – Skipper Andrew Renwick pictured before the game with official Rhinos mascots Fraser Kelly and Finlay Smith. RIGHT – The three former Youth Club players who made their 1st XV debuts on Saturday – Phil Anderson, Darren Knox and Sam Mackay.

LEFT – Rory Banks finds his progress halted, while team-mate Bruce Riddell gets ready to lend support. RIGHT – Hooker James Bett dives over the line for Selkirk’s sixth try.

LEFT – Darren Knox gets his pass away on the grandstand touchline. RIGHT – Ewan MacDougall oozes class as he eludes the final Hillhead-Jordanhill defender to score a try.

LEFT – Number eight Callum Marshall on his way to scoring Selkirk’s 12th and final try. RIGHT – Wing Darren Clapperton about to complete his hat-trick of tries. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]

Selkirk 77, Hillhead-Jordanhill 5

ANOTHER high-octane performance rocketed Selkirk to the top of the BT National League Division 1 table on Saturday, following their dazzling 12-try victory over an out-of-sorts Hillhead-Jordanhill at Philiphaugh. The high-scoring Souters have now racked up 32 tries in their past four games.

However, head coach Peter Wright is far too wily a campaigner to let such remarkable statistics cloud his vision, and after the final whistle was at pains to stress the size of the task facing the team at Dundee this coming weekend. “It’s obviously pleasing to have made a good start to our league campaign, but it’s very early days and these wins will count for nothing if the players don’t front up at Mayfield on Saturday.

“I thought we held our shape and discipline really well today, and showed we’re capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. It was also good to see the three youngsters come off the bench in the second half. They all made a contribution, and the experience should stand them in good stead for future appearances.”

The three teenagers in question – Darren Knox, Phil Anderson and Sam Mackay – only came up to Philiphaugh this season from Selkirk Youth Club, and repaid the selectors’ confidence with workmanlike displays. With his very first touch of the ball Knox confidently stepped inside his man to release Josh Welsh for what appeared to be a fine try, only for the score to be chalked off for a forward pass.

With a clutch of Croatian players making their debuts for the visitors, and with the club having lost the services of a significant number of key players at the end of last season, it was hardly surprising the Hillhead-Jordanhill team looked in need of extra time on the training field. However, time to settle was exactly what Selkirk’s players denied them, with the home side’s high-tempo style of play causing havoc in the city team’s ranks.

Josh Welsh opened the scoring with a sixth minute penalty, before Darren Clapperton scored Selkirk’s first try with a try wide on the right, cutting inside the last two defenders in trademark style. Welsh converted to put the home team 10-0 ahead.

Selkirk’s excellent support play and confidence with ball in hand was perfectly illustrated when skipper Andrew Renwick’s clever one-handed back-pass allowed Mikey Davies to slice through the Hills defence. The scrum-half off-loaded to half-back partner Callum McColm, who raced under the posts for the home side’s second try.

On the 27-minute mark a knock-on by Hillhead-Jordanhill was snapped up by Lewis MacLennan, who in turn released Clapperton on a 55-metre sprint down the touchline for his second try of the match.

Straight from the restart McColm managed to weave his way past three would-be tacklers, before returning Mikey Davies’ earlier favour by creating the space to send the scrum-half over the line for Selkirk’s bonus point try. Welsh’s conversion sailed over.

Just before the interval an excellent line-out steal by Callum Marshall allowed Selkirk to clear their lines after a period of Hillhead pressure. Soon afterwards John Everitt gathered a line-out overthrow to make ground up the middle, and when the ball was spun out to Josh Welsh, the full-back outstripped the Hills cover to score near the corner and give the Souters a 34-0 halftime lead.

Selkirk showed no sign of taking their foot off the accelerator after the interval, with Jordan McGowan and Ewan MacDougall’s ball-carrying drives constantly ringing alarm bells in Hills’ ranks. Tries by James Bett, Josh Welsh (2), Darren Clapperton and Ewan MacDougall took the score to 65-0, before Craig Bryson scored a consolation touchdown for the visitors. However, Selkirk had the final say with late touchdowns from Lewis MacLennan and Callum Marshall.

Josh Welsh finished the game with a personal haul of 30 points from three tries, a penalty and six conversions, while Rory Banks chipped in with the match’s last conversion to set the seal’s on Selkirk’s biggest-ever league win. The Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’ award went to Callum McColm.

SELKIRK – J. Welsh, D. Clapperton , L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, R. Banks, C. McColm, M. Davies, K. Cooney, J. Bett, B. Riddell, J. McGowan, A. Renwick, E. MacDougall, J. Everitt, C Marshall. Replacements: D. Knox, P. Anderson, S. Mackay, R. Wilson.

HILLHEAD-JORDANHILL – N. Houston, R. Graham, S. Halliday, J. Fermilan, N. Jurisic, C. McLenneghan, J. Phyfer, H. Peston, C. Kerr, L. McKinney, C. Tulloch, I. Majiik, D. Grove, T. Busov. Replacements: M. Dickie, B. Mackenzie, I. Romano, J. Lowry, R. Harte.

Referee – Neil Muir (Forrester).


MISSING THE ACTION! Injured Selkirk players Matt Kissick, Andrew Given and Angus Duckett take a break from club physio Ryan Crockatt’s rehab session at Philiphaugh on Saturday. Gus expects to be available for selection for this Saturday’s 1st XV match at Dundee, while Andrew and Matt are confident of pulling on their boots again within the next two to three weeks. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]


WARM WELCOME. Pictured at Saturday’s lunch are, from left – George Thomson (Friends of Selkirk secretary), Elliot Henderson (Selkirk senior vice-president), Jack Robertson of 3FOLD (match ball sponsor), Hunter Kirkpatrick (Hillhead-Jordanhill president) and Mick Craig (Selkirk president). [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

A TOTAL of 40 ‘Friends of Selkirk’ members and their guests attended Saturday’s annual luncheon in the Philiphaugh Suite prior to the 1st XV’s BT National League Division 1 game against Hillhead-Jordanhill. A warm welcome was extended by Selkirk president Mick Craig, who said how pleased the club was to have at the lunch Hillhead-Jordanhill president Hunter Kirkpatrick and match ball sponsor Jack Robertson, managing director of 3FOLD, Glasgow.

He praised the important contribution the Friends of Selkirk made in helping the club to encourage and develop the talents of its young players from mini-rugby to senior level. “The success of this policy can be gauged from the fact 16 of the 19 players in Selkirk’s 1st XV squad today are all local lads.”

After the meal, Selkirk’s immediate past-president John Rutherford, a member of the club’s rugby board, gave a short address. He said how delighted the club was to see eight Selkirk Youth Club players step up to Philiphaugh this season, and praised the input of new coach Peter Wright and development officer Kieran Cooney, as well as the huge contribution made by director of rugby Cameron Cochrane.

The winner of the Friends of Selkirk match score prediction competition was ex-Selkirk player Ian Cooper.


WILLING AND ABLE! Selkirk Rhinos’ coaches and helpers pictured during a coaching session at Philiphaugh taken by the club’s development officer, Kieran Cooney. Standing, from left - Davie Forster, Kieran Cooney, Mark Easson, Mark Tuckwood, Ally Scott, Kenny Scott, Douglas Smith and Craig Anderson. Kneeling, from left - Hazel Jack, Andy Little, Gordon Kelly and Alan Wheelans.

EARLIER this month Scottish Rugby held a Mini-Rugby Game Coaching workshop at Melrose for all mini-rugby coaches in the Borders. The session was led by ex-Selkirk High School teacher Colin Ireland, and of the 20 or so attendees, eight were representatives from Selkirk Rhinos. The focus was on training sessions taken at game speed, and everyone took a lot from it.

This was later backed up by a hands-on session at Philiphaugh taken by Selkirk development officer Kieran Cooney, who ran through some more exercises with all the coaches on the Sunday morning before regular Rhinos training.

The Selkirk Rhinos committee would like to thank the three 1st XV players who came down to help out on Sunday – Kieran Cooney, Bruce Riddell and Darren Clapperton. The boys really appreciated having these players around, and their presence is a big part the club's initiative to strengthen and grow the game in Selkirk.

The Rhinos’ first tournament appearance of the season is this Sunday (September 21) at Jed-Forest Rugby Club’s Riverside Park ground, when the P3-P7 sides will all be in action. Meanwhile this season’s Rhinos registration is nearly complete, and again playing numbers are looking very healthy. Selkirk Rhinos are always looking for more players, particularly at P5 level, so please tweet @selkirkrhinos if you want to find out more!


Selkirk centre Bob Wilkinson in action against Dumfries Saints 2nds on Saturday, prior to being forced to leave the pitch with a broken thumb.


Selkirk scrum-half Kyle Stillie and prop Jimmy Stephen try to disrupt a Dumfries ruck, with Jack Houston ready to lend a hand if needed.

Ross Nixon was clearly delighted to be making his first appearance of the season.

Selkirk wing Lewis Martin on the way to scoring one of his three tries in the match. [Photos: LESLEY BRUCE]

Forthcoming Fixtures/Events

SATURDAY, September 13

at Mayfield (3pm kick-off)

at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)


Recent Results

13/09 Selkirk 77 Hilhead 5 Video
13/09 Dumfries Saints 2nds 12, Selkirk ‘A’ 47
06/09 Biggar 23 Selkirk 43 Report Video
06/09 Selkirk ‘A’ 17, GHA 2nds 19 Report




Dumfries Saints 2nds 12, Selkirk ‘A’ 47

DESPITE playing with only 14 men for the final half-hour, Selkirk ‘A’ held their nerve to chalk up a richly deserved victory over Dumfries Saints 2nds in Saturday’s BT Reserve League National 2 fixture at New Abbey Road.

What especially pleased coaches Fraser Jack and Graham Marshall was the fighting spirit shown by the entire Selkirk squad. “We were missing several regulars,” Fraser Jack told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the match, “which meant a lot of people playing out of position. However, the young lads and Stormers players in our 17-man squad showed real character against a big and stuffy Dumfries team.

“Everyone played their part, and the collective effort over the 80 minutes was tremendous. I thought our back row was outstanding, while lock Jack Houston continues to improve with every outing. Given the difficulties we faced today, this was a gutsy display.”

Things got off to the worst possible start for the visitors when, in the first minute, centre Bob Wilkinson sustained an injury to his thumb. Despite having it strapped and returning to the field, the pain was such he had to retire to the sidelines in the 12th minute and took no further part in proceedings. An X-ray taken at the BGH later revealed the thumb was broken.

His place in the centre was taken by Ross Nixon, himself recovering from an injury which has kept him sidelined this season. After Selkirk opened the scoring with a try from wing Lewis Martin, Nixon got on the score sheet himself with a touchdown in the 17th minute, converted by Jack Elliot.

Another try by Martin put the visitors 19-0 up, with Kieran Monks going over for Selkirk’s bonus point try soon afterwards. Dumfries hit back with a converted try just before the interval, making the halftime score 26-7 in the Souters’ favour.

Selkirk suffered another setback five minutes after the break when prop Kyle Ramage retired with a shoulder knock, Chris Sanders coming on as replacement. Five minutes later Alistair Lyall, having played a blinder out of position at flanker, limped to the touchline after twisting his knee, leaving Selkirk a man short for the remainder of the contest.

Further tries by Lewis Martin (his third) and Kieran Monks (his second), put the visitors out of sight, with Jack Elliot – who landed six conversions - scoring Selkirk’s final try. Man of the match for Selkirk: wing-forward Scott McClymont.

SELKIRK –C. Bruce, K. Monks, J. Elliot, B. Wilkinson, L. Martin, S. Tough, K. Stillie, J. Stephen, R. Purves, K. Ramage, J. Houston, R. Cook, S. McClymont, A. Lyall, S. McDonald. Replacements: R. Nixon, C. Sanders.



Steven (left) and Andrew Renwick pictured with the Blackhouse ewe which won the inter-breed championship at Saturday’s Yarrow & Ettrick Pastoral Society Show.

IT was a case of déjà-vu for rugby-playing brothers Andrew & Steven Renwick on Saturday, because for the second year running one of their Blackhouse sheep took the top award at the Yarrow & Ettrick Pastoral Society Show – the Bob Munro Memorial Trophy for inter-breed champion.

The one-crop ewe lifted the same title at last year’s show as a gimmer, and earlier this summer was chosen as champion Blackface sheep at the Peeblesshire Agricultural Society Show. “Winning the overall championship again was really satisfying,” Andrew told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week, “although I couldn’t hang around the showground as I needed to get down to Philiphaugh for the Hillhead game!”

In addition to the inter-breed trophy, T. Renwick & Sons won a further three trophies at the show -
The Tinnis Trophy for Champion Blackface; the Henderland Rosebowl (best ewe); and the AJ Borthwick Trophy (most points in Blackface sheep classes).

Meanwhile another pair of Selkirk rugby-playing brothers, Willie & Scott McClymont, of Tinnis, also had cause for celebration at Saturday’s show, picking up three trophies in the sheep classes – the Jim Robertson Memorial Trophy (best shearling ram), the Usher Perpetual Challenge Trophy (most points for group classes Blackface sheep), and the Donald Challenge Cup (best male group Blackface sheep). Not to be outdone, the boys’ father Sam got in on the act by winning the Southern Reporter Perpetual Challenge Cup for best group of hill cows.

Meanwhile Scott McClymont had an ever tighter time-line at the show than 1st XV skipper Andrew Renwick, having to head off to make sure he got down to Dumfries in time for the ‘A’ XV’s reserve league game against Dumfries Saints 2nds. It proved a worthwhile journey, however, as Scott was named Selkirk’s ‘man of the match’ following the side’s impressive 47-12 win.

The club would like to offer its heartiest congratulations to the Renwick and McClymont families on their fine achievements.


WITH no fewer than 20 players at the club currently injured or unavailable for last Saturday’s matches, it came as no real surprise that Selkirk Stormers were unable to raise a team to travel to take on Linlithgow 2nds for a BT Reserve League East 2 fixture on Saturday. It is hoped the fixture will be replayed on a stand-by Saturday.

However, things look a lot rosier for this weekend’s league game between Selkirk Stormers and Livingston 2nds at Philiphaugh, which has a three o’ clock kick-off, with several players due back from holiday/injury. Watch this space!


FORMER Selkirk player Alex Dunbar (above) was in outstanding form for Glasgow Warriors at the Arms Park on Sunday, as the Scotstoun team crushed Cardiff Blues 33-12. The win maintains Glasgow’s unbeaten start to their Guinness PRO12 campaign, with Alex playing a central role in the Warriors’ five-star performance - rock-solid in defence and proving equally secure link in attack.
This Saturday (September 20) Glasgow Warriors find themselves back in Wales to take on Newport-Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade.



FORMER Selkirk player Nyle Godsmark was a member of the Scotland sevens team that defeated Belgium 33-7 to lift the second-tier Plate Trophy at the Manchester Sevens last weekend. On Saturday the Scots lost 12-5 to Spain, then saw off Italy 24-19 and thumped Georgia 45-0.
However, they conceded too many penalties against Russia on Sunday and lost 17-0 in the Cup quarter-final. Dropping into the Plate competition, Scotland beat Germany 35-12 in the semi-final before the win over the Belgians.
After the tournament Scotland coach Calum MacRae singled out the former Philiphaugh player for special praise: "Considering the amount of involvement he has had at this level, I thought Nyle stood out. I'm also pleased we have finished on a more complete performance that we can build on going into Bucharest next week."
Scotland take part in another Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series tournament this weekend in Bucharest, before their 2014-15 HSBC Sevens World Series campaign gets under way in Australia's Gold Coast in October.
Scotland squad at Manchester Sevens: Scott Riddell, Struan Dewar, James Johnstone, Colin Gregor, Mark Robertson, Nyle Godsmark, Scott Wight (captain), James Fleming, Max McFarland, Gregor Young, Lewis Young, Colin Shaw.

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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!



Hospitality / Events

Pre-match lunches at the Philiphaugh Suite have become very popular for entertaining guests, friends, sponsors and rugby supporters. Please click this link to see what is on offer.

Alternatively we offer a wide range of flexible options for business, social functions, fund-raising and sporting events for up to 150 guests. Please visit our corporate site at www.philiphaughsuite.co.uk for details

Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465





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