SELKIRK PLAYERS SECURE THEIR PLACE IN RECORD
BOOKS WITH INCREDIBLE KELSO FIGHTBACK
LEFT – Kelso’s players
do their level best to stem the Selkirk surge, as the visitors try to snatch victory in the dying seconds of Saturday’s
pulsating match at Poynder Park. RIGHT – Moments later Selkirk prop Cata Graur bulldozes his way over the line
for the winning try, sparking scenes of jubilation amongst his Selkirk team-mates and the club’s supporters on
LEFT – Selkirk number
eight Callum Marshall rises high to win line-out possession. RIGHT – Scrum-half Mikey Davies prepares to get the
Selkirk back line moving once more.
LEFT – Lewis MacLennan
feels the heat as two Kelso opponents put the brakes on his run out of defence. RIGHT – Matt Kissick prepares
to move the ball wide, watched by his second row partner Jordan McGowan.
LEFT – Selkirk blindside
flanker Ewan MacDougall breaks upfield with back row colleague Callum Marshall in support. RIGHT – Brother Craig
MacDougall manages to off-load the ball despite the attentions of two Kelso players.
[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
LEFT – Selkirk’s ecstatic
players line up for a team photo after the final whistle had blown at Poynder Park. RIGHT – Saturday’s game marked
the final 1st XV appearance of Gordon Patterson (centre), who is hanging up his boots after 232 games for the club.
He is flanked by Kiwis Angus Duckett and Matt Kissick, who this week head for Australia and New Zealand respectively.
Kelso 29, Selkirk 32
A HOLLYWOOD script writer wouldn’t have dared dream
up the ending to Selkirk’s season on Saturday, for fear of being ridiculed for imagining such a far-fetched denouement
could ever occur in the real world.
Seeing is believing, however, and having trailed Kelso at Poynder Park for 65 minutes of the match, the Souters
somehow clawed their way back from a 24-5 halftime deficit to snatch a sensational victory, thanks to a last-gasp
try in the eighth and final minute of injury time.
The win ensures Selkirk keeps its 100 per cent record in BT National League Division 1 of played 22, won 22, having
beaten each of the other 11 teams in the league both home and away – the first time such a feat has been achieved
in this division.
Selkirk head coach Peter Wright couldn’t conceal his pride and delight as the players were applauded off the pitch
by the 150 or so jubilant Selkirk supporters who had travelled to Poynder Park to cheer on the league champions.
“You prepare to win every game, that’s your attitude, but you don’t really believe you can go through a whole league
season and actually win every game,” Wright told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the final whistle.
“I managed 21 victories in a row when I was coaching Glasgow Hawks, but we lost the very last game, so to get the
22nd victory here today was fantastic. We’ve come back from the dead in two or three matches this season, and to
be honest today I thought we were pretty much dead and buried at halftime.
“But the courage and quality we have in the squad is there to be seen, and the boys stuck at it and stuck at it.
You couldn’t have asked for a more dramatic last minute of the season, and when you win a game as dramatically
as that, with only 20 seconds left on the clock, it just makes it that bit more special.”
The visitors looked anything but special in the early stages of the match. A series of uncharacteristic errors
were pounced on by a Kelso side full of confidence after guaranteeing their BT National League Division 1 survival
by defeating Biggar last week, and very much up for the fight.
Selkirk’s cause wasn’t helped when their talismanic threequarter, Scott Hendrie, limped from the pitch with a hamstring
strain after just three minutes. Lewis MacLennan switched to full-back, with Scott Tough taking over on the left
A barnstorming run by Angus Duckett on the 20-minute mark took the visitors deep inside the home team’s half. However,
following intense pressure on the Kelso line, a Selkirk pass didn’t go to hand and the Tweedsiders launched a counter-attack
from under the shadow of their own posts. Scrum-half Andy Tait took the final off-load to sprint clear from the
halfway line to score. Andrew Skeen’s conversion put the home team 7-0 up.
Four minutes later Selkirk suffered another setback when Mike Davies was flattened in the act of passing, and a
Kelso player fly-hacked the loose ball over the visitors’ try line where Gregg Minto won the race to the touchdown.
Skeen’s conversion and a penalty soon afterwards stretched the Black & Whites’ lead to 17-0.
Although Matt Kissick managed to score a try for the visitors in the 34th minute to cut the deficit, Kelso struck
again just before the interval. A turnover allowed Andrew Skeen to chip over the visitors’ defence, and the fly-half
gathered the ball on the bounce to run in his side’s third try. His conversion kick put Kelso 24-5 ahead at halftime,
leaving the visitors with a mountain to climb after the break.
With the wind now behind them, two Rory Banks penalties helped steady the Souters’ nerves. Kelso lock Ian Wallace
then received a yellow card, and during his absence Selkirk managed to engineer a pushover try for number eight
Callum Marshall, converted by Banks, to bring the visitors back into the game at 24-18.
The Selkirk front row were then penalised at a scrum for an early hit, and a quickly taken free kick caught the
visitors unawares - Murray Hastie sprinting home for the Tweedsiders’ fourth try and a 29-18 lead.
The match’s turning point came soon afterwards when Selkirk skipper Ross Nixon made a magnificent try-saving tackle
on Kelso full-back Hastie just as he was poised to score in the right-hand corner.
After this let-off, the visitors marched straight back down the pitch to set up camp on the home try line. Following
a series of collapsed scrums, referee Finlay Brown had no hesitation in awarding Selkirk a penalty try, converted
by Banks, to reduce the deficit to 29-25 in Kelso’s favour.
With the seconds ticking away, and the match going to uncontested scrums after Kelso prop Chris Keen withdrew to
the sidelines injured, it seemed certain Selkirk would lose their unbeaten record at the very last hurdle.
Showing the brand of steely resolve that has served them so well this year, Callum Marshall picked up from the
back of the final scrum, Matt Kissick carried the ball a further couple of yards, before prop Cata Graur bulldozed
his way over under the posts for the clinching score. Banks’ successful conversion signalled the end of the match
and the start of the visitors’ jubilant celebrations.
Selkirk’s perfect league season will ensure the names of the Philiphaugh club’s coaches and players will be written
into the record books for all time. It was a privilege being present at Poynder Park on Saturday to witness rugby
history being made in such breath-taking fashion.
KELSO – M. Hastie, G. Ponton, R. Minto, F. Robson, G. Minto, A. Skeen, A. Tait, C. Keen, R.
Henderson, G. Holborn, I. Wallace, S. Patterson, G. Harkins, L. Tait, A. Grieve. Replacements: B. Waddell, A. Frame,
T. Wichary, A. Haig, A. Johnston.
SELKIRK - S. Hendrie, C. McEwan, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, L. MacLennan; R. Banks, M. Davies; K.
Cooney, J. Bett, G. Patterson, M. Kissick, J. McGowan, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, C. Marshall. Replacements: S.
Tough, J. Everitt, R. Wilson, C. Graur, M. Utteridge, B. Riddell.
Referee – Finlay Brown (Northumberland
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Played 26 Won 23 Lost 3 Drawn
Points scored: 791. Points conceded: 404.
Tries scored: 105. Tries conceded: 52.
Leading try scorers (after 26 matches):
16 - Darren Clapperton, Josh Welsh; 9 - James Bett; 7 - Craig MacDougall; 6 - Cata Graur, Angus Duckett; 5 - Callum
McColm; 4 - Scott Hendrie, Lewis MacLennan, Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall, Kieran Cooney; 3 - Mikey Davies;
2 - Matt Kissick, Rory Banks, Gordon Patterson, John Everitt; 1 – Jordan McGowan, Chaney Willemse, Mitch Utteridge,
Callum McEwan, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.
Leading points scorers (after 26 matches): 214 – Josh Welsh (16 tries, 21 penalties,
35 cons); 131 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 24 pens, 23 convs).
Most appearances (after 26 matches): 26 - James Bett; 25 - Callum Marshall,
Cata Graur, Mikey Davies, Kieran Cooney; 24 - Angus Duckett; 23 - Lewis MacLennan; 22 - Josh Welsh, Ewan MacDougall,
Gordon Patterson; 21 - Rory Banks, Craig MacDougall; 20 - Jordan McGowan, Matt Kissick, Callum McColm; 19 - Ross
Nixon, Ruairi Wilson, Darren Clapperton.
Played 20 Won 13 Lost 7 Drawn
Points scored: 560. Points conceded: 386.
Tries scored: 80. Tries conceded: 60.
Leading try scorers (after 20 matches):
13 - Callum McEwan; 9 - Lewis Martin; 8 - Kieran Monks; 4 - Scott Marshall, Ali Lyall, Scott Hendrie, Jack Elliot;
3 – Robert Cook, Scott McClymont, Josh Welsh; 2 – Darren Knox, Sean Nixon, Ross Purves, Rory Banks, Craig Bruce,
Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – Bruce Riddell, Bob Wilkinson, Matt Robertson, Willie McClymont,
John Everitt, Scott Tough, Scott McDonald, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.
Leading points scorers (after 20 matches): 65 - Callum McEwan (10 tries); 63 – Jack
Elliot (4 tries, 7 penalties, 11 conversions); 48 – Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 12 conversions).
Most appearances (after 20 matches): 20 – Lewis Martin; 19 – Robert Cook,
Ross Purves; 17 - Scott McClymont, Kieran Thomson, Craig Bruce; 14 - Jamie Turnbull; 13 - Kieran Monks, Matt Robertson,
Jack Elliot; 12 - Scott McDonald, W. McClymont, S. Mackay; 11 - Scott Tough, Bruce Riddell; 10 - Callum McEwan;
9 - Jimmy Stephen; 7 – Callum Turnbull.
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, Kieran Cooney.
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.
BT RESERVE LEAGUE NATIONAL 2
SELKIRK ‘A’ v. DUMFRIES SAINTS
at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)
SUNDAY, April 5
FIVE STAR TAXIS GALA SEVENS
at Netherdale (first tie 1pm)
- Edin. Accies, Stewarts Melville FP, SELKIRK
POOL TWO - Gala, Kelso, Peebles
POOL THREE - Melrose, Watsonians, Jed-Forest
POOL FOUR - Hawick, Currie, Boroughmuir
TUESDAY, April 7
JOHN LAING MEMORIAL SEVENS
at Poynder Park, Kelso (first tie 7pm)
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COME & PLAY FOR SELKIRK
SELKIRK Rugby Club is currently recruiting players
for the 2015/2016 campaign.
After winning this season’s BT National League Division 1 title, thereby securing Selkirk’s promotion to the BT
Premiership, the club would like to strengthen its playing resources.
If you’re a player who feels up for the challenge, then please call Selkirk Rugby Club’s director of Rugby,
Cammy Cochrane, on 07780 563 256.
ANOTHER RED LETTER DAY FOR CLUB
AS SOUTERS SCOOP SILVERWARE AT 2015 HONG KONG SEVENS
IT wasn’t just the exploits of Selkirk’s all-conquering
1st XV which made headlines across the rugby world last weekend. Two former Selkirk RFC players – Lee Jones and
Nyle Godsmark (pictured above) - also hit the silverware jackpot as part of the Scotland sevens team that successfully
defended its Bowl title at the 40th Hong Kong Sevens, the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The Scots met with mixed fortunes in their pool matches – losing to New Zealand 26-7 and to Australia 21-5 – but
won their final match against Portugal 21-14.
In Sunday’s Bowl competition, Scotland notched convincing victories over Japan (28-7) in the quarter-finals, Wales
(34-0) in the semi-finals, before defeating France 26-5 in an exciting final.
“Winning the Bowl again has given everyone a huge boost,” Lee Jones told the selkirkrfc.com web site at the end
of the tournament, “and the boys are now looking forward with renewed confidence to our home tournament, the Emirates
Airline Rugby Sevens, at Scotstoun on the weekend of May 9.”
Lee started in all six of Scotland’s matches, scoring a brace of tries in the semi-final win over Wales. Nyle meanwhile
came off the Scotland replacements bench in four of the ties, only missing out on the matches against Portugal
Winning the Bowl competition means Scotland will retain eighth place in the HSBC Sevens World Series standings
going into Tokyo 7s this coming weekend (Saturday and Sunday, April 5). In Tokyo, Scotland 7s will compete in Pool
B, with the same opposition as this past weekend: New Zealand, Australia and Portugal.
EASTER RUGBY CAMPS BEING HELD AT PHILIPHAUGH
IN partnership with the Border Sport & Leisure
Trust, Selkirk Rugby Club will be running its Easter camps next Tuesday (April 7) and on Thursday, April 16, from
10am-2pm at Philiphaugh.
Selkirk RFC development officer Kieran Cooney (pictured above) told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week: “These
multi-sports camps are aimed at all of our Selkirk Rhinos rugby stars and local primary school pupils in P1-P7,
with the goal being to introduce new sports and activities to the children, delkivered by qualified BSLT/UKCC rugby
coaches and Selkirk High School sports leaders.
“Our aim as a sports community is to encourage and introduce new players to our local sports clubs, alongside developing
our current crop of sporting stars!”
All booking details can be seen on the poster which appears on this page, and anyone seeking further information
should e-mail Kieran Cooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 07887 592 377.
SELKIRK UNDER-16 SEVENS TEAM REACHES BOWL FINAL AT JED
A SPIRITED display by the Selkirk under-16s sevens
team saw the young Souters reach the bowl final at last week’s under-16 sevens tournament hosted by Jed-Forest
Rugby Club at Riverside Park.
After losing to a strong Melrose team in their opening tie, Selkirk’s players went on to pip Gala in a sudden death
play-off in their first bowl tie, before being defeated by host club Jed in the final.
The Selkirk squad comprised Robbie McMorran, Matthew Francis, Fraser Easson, Scott Clark, Liam Cassidy, Matthew
Stanners, Ewen Mackenzie, Andrew McColm and Stefan Brister.
MELROSE SEVENS DRAW
SELKIRK have been drawn to play Currie in the preliminary
round of this year’s Melrose Sevens, which takes place at the Greenyards on Saturday, April 11. The winners of
this tie will face Gala in the first round proper.
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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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