ON-SONG SELKIRK BLOW HOT AT HARTREMILL
TO SECURE RECORD VICTORY
Double try-scorer Darren
Clapperton in full flight during Saturday’s league game against Biggar at Hartreemill.
Selkirk lock-forward Ricky Fluhler safely gathers line-out ball in the first half, despite Saturday’s gale-force
Wing Josh Welsh sets off on another run, with Selkirk team-mate Fraser Harkness ready to lend support.
Selkirk’s Ross Nixon hangs on to the ball despite the close attentions of a Biggar opponent, watched by team-mate
Stand-off Rory Banks manages to shake off the attentions of a Biggar defender, with hooker Ruairi Wilson awaiting
Centre Craig MacDougall gets his pass away despite the close attention of opposite number Connor Lavery. [Photos:
Biggar 12, Selkirk 43
SATURDAY’S rearranged RBS National League game
between Biggar and Selkirk was as close as any of the players - or supporters huddled on the touchline - will get
to experiencing what it’s like to spend 80 minutes in a wind tunnel.
The force-nine gale which whipped down the Hartreemill pitch throughout the match was of a ferocity even professional
players would have struggled to master. Such was Selkirk skipper Andrew Renwick’s confidence in his team-mates,
however, that on winning the toss he elected to play into the teeth of the gale.
His faith proved well-founded, with Selkirk’s players turning in one of their most impressive performances of the
season against the elements in the first half. A combination of secure handling, tireless support play and textbook
recycling resulted in the visitors scoring five tries before the interval to lead 29-5 at the break - an incredible
feat in the circumstances.
“The boys played the conditions really well,” Selkirk head coach Ally Dickson said after the match, “and the effort
put in by every member of the squad was huge. We got the feelgood factor back against Hillhead-Jordanhill last
week, and this helped lay the foundations for another big win today.”
With only one RBS National League fixture to play, Selkirk are now guaranteed a top half finish in the division,
while victory over Dundee at Mayfield on March 22 would see the Souters end the campaign in fourth place – the
same position they finished last season.
The only downside to Saturday’s victory was the broken nose suffered by Darren Clapperton five minutes before halftime.
The Selkirk wing has been in superb form since returning from injury four weeks ago, and had already crossed for
two tries in the game until a tackler’s knee caught him in the face. His place was taken by Callum McColm, himself
making a comeback from injury.
It was Clapperton who set the Selkirk bandwagon rolling in the first minute with a mazy break out of defence up
the left touchline. From the resultant line-out, the ball was moved wide to Josh Welsh, who made ground up the
right touchline before feeding inside to Fraser Harkness. The full-back’s well-timed off-load sent Clapperton sprinting
under the posts for a try, converted by Rory Banks, putting Selkirk 7-0 ahead after just four minutes.
Selkirk’s forwards continued to dominate possession and assiduously protect the ball, with Andrew Renwick giving
a strong lead as the visitors patiently built phase after phase, gradually inching their way up the field into
Selkirk stretched their lead when good tidying-up work by Ricky Fluhler allowed Rory Banks to launch a counter-
attack. Craig MacDougall (a late replacement on the morning of the match for Lee Kibble) fed Matt Kissick, who
in turn found Fraser Harkness bursting up the left. Harkness and Kissick then exchanged quick passes before Mikey
Davies – in superb form throughout – came on an angled run to race clear for Selkirk’s second try, again converted
Biggar hit back in the 16th minute when a spilled ball was scooped up by centre Connor Lavery, who ran 40 metres
to score a try wide on the right without a hand being laid on him, cutting the deficit to 14-5 in the visitors’
In the 26th minute Clapperton crossed for his second try following Davies’ quickly taken tap penalty and Angus
Duckett’s charge, and soon afterwards Fraser Harkness made a storming run up the right touchline to score his side’s
bonus point try.
Before the interval Josh Welsh, who was full of running all day, finished off Harkness’ powerful burst to score
Selkirk’s fifth try of the half, making the interval score 29-5 in the Philiphaugh men’s favour.
For the second half Callum Marshall and Callum Turnbull took the field in place of Angus Duckett and Cata Graur,
while in the 55th minute hooker James Bett aggravated a thumb injury and was replaced by Ruairi Wilson.
Biggar scored their second try through fly-half Craig McDonald, which he converted himself, but Selkirk had the
final say when Josh Welsh sprinted over for two further touchdowns to complete his hat-trick, Rory Banks landing
each conversion from the touchline to set the seal on Selkirk’s biggest ever win at Hartreemill.
A special mention goes to Selkirk’s teenage wing-forward Scott McClymont, who came off the replacements bench in
the final quarter to make his senior debut for the Philiphaugh club, after Matt Kissick had taken a head knock.
BIGGAR – J. Sullivan, M. Bertram, Z. Carolyn, C. Lavery, D. Paterson, C. McDonald, D. Reive, C. Arthur, K. Anderson,
C. Henderson, C. Taylor, J. Orr, C. Cochrane, E. Sanderson, D. Notman. Replacements: J. Simpson, A. Howatson, A.
Peacock, C. Parker.
SELKIRK - F. Harkness, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, D. Clapperton, R. Banks, M. Davies, C. Elliot, J. Bett,
C. Graur, A. Renwick, R. Fluhler, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, M. Kissick. Replacements: C. McColm, S. McClymont,
C. Marshall, C. Turnbull, R. Wilson.
Referee – Kevin White (Edinburgh).
A BAD HAIR DAY ALL PART OF THE RUGBY EXPERIENCE FOR CLUB’S BLONDE BOMBSHELLS
IT SEEMED A GOOD IDEA
AT THE TIME… Callum Turnbull (left) and Scott McClymont show off their new-look hairstyles at Hartreemill on Saturday.
[Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
GOING on a rugby tour is always likely to have its pitfalls – just ask Selkirk Rugby Club’s young tyros Callum
Turnbull and Scott McClymont. The pair stepped up to Philiphaugh this season from Selkirk Youth Club, and both
have shown themselves to be real prospects for the future. Callum made his 1st XV debut against Hillhead-Jordanhill
a week ago, while Scott made his senior debut for Selkirk up at Biggar on Saturday.
However, the duo have been catching the attention of Selkirk team-mates and supporters for a very different reason
over the past couple of weeks – both have had their hair dyed completely blonde. Callum and Scott are both in their
first year at Edinburgh University, studying agriculture, and turn out for the university’s ‘Agrics’ rugby team
“The Agrics recently undertook a tour to the Newcastle and Nottingham areas,” Callum explained, “and as Scott
and I hadn’t been on an Agrics tour before, tradition dictates that first-time tourists have to go through some
form of initiation. One of the players has a sister who is a hairdresser, so it’s easy to work out what happened
The pair say their new identity has largely gone unnoticed in Edinburgh, but back home things have been a little
different. “We’ve taken a bit of stick from the boys down at Philiphaugh,” joked Callum, “but a lot of them have
had similar things happen to them on tours, so know the score. Hopefully things will get back to normal reasonably
quickly, but it’s not something you have much control over!”
Here’s hoping Selkirk Rugby Club’s own tour to Spain at the end of May won’t prove quite such a hair-raising experience…
HOLD THE FRONT PAGE! SELKIRK INTERNATIONALISTS FIND THEMSELVES HOT NEWS
THE front page of the “Scotsman” newspaper’s weekend
sports section carried the above photograph of former Selkirk player and current Scotland internationalist Alex
Dunbar in conversation with former Selkirk & Scotland player John Rutherford.
‘Rud’ was a member of the 1984 Scotland side that landed the Grand Slam, and to mark the 30th anniversary of that
feat the players involved were invited to a special reunion up at Murrayfield at the weekend, with the celebrations
including a chat with Scotland’s current crop of players during Friday’s ‘captain’s run-out’.
“It was great talking to Alex and the rest of the Scotland boys,” John told the selkirkrfc.com web site this week,
“and I really felt for them when France snatched victory in the final seconds of the match. I feel they can take
a lot of positives to Cardiff this coming weekend, and it’s really pleasing to see Alex performing so well at this
No fixtures for Selkirk
SATURDAY, March 22
RBS National League
DUNDEE HSFP v. SELKIRK
at Mayfield (kick-off
RBS Reserve League
SELKIRK ‘A’ v. EDIN ACADS 2XV
at Philiphaugh (kick-off
RBS Reserve League
SELKIRK STORMERS v. HERIOT’S FP 3rds
at Philiphaugh (kick-off
‘SUPER SATURDAY’ AT PHILPHAUGH
|01/03 Selkirk 34, Hillhead 12 Report
|01/03 Hawks A 40, Selkirk ‘A’ 7 Report
|15/02 Selkirk 10, Peebles 27 Report
A FEAST OF live rugby is being laid on for players
and supporters at Philiphaugh this Saturday, March 15 – the final round of matches in this season’s RBS 6 Nations
All three internationals - Italy v. England (1.30pm kick-off), Wales v. Scotland (2.45pm) and France v. Ireland
(6pm) – are being shown on the club’s giant screen in the Philiphaugh Suite, and hot food will be served during
Club steward Les Mallin is hoping for a good turnout on what should be a tremendous afternoon of top-class rugby.
See you there!
NEW DATE FOR PEEBLES
SELKIRK match secretary Mary Inglis has confirmed
that Selkirk will play its Booker Border League fixture against Peebles at The Gytes on Friday, March 28 (7.30pm
BORDER RUGBY ROUND-UP
THE 30th edition of Borders Rugby Television’s “Borders Rugby Roundup” for the season is now available by
following this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMxfBQTPwlw
FRIDAY, 7 MARCH
RBS UNDER 20 6 NATIONS
Scotland 13 - 18 France
Scotland 3 - 30 France
RBS CHAMPIONSHIP B
Lasswade 55 - 3 Hawick YM
SATURDAY, 8 MARCH
RBS 6 NATIONS
Ireland 46 - 7 Italy
Scotland 17 - 19 France
Currie 21 - 8 Aberdeen
RBS NATIONAL LEAGUE
Biggar 12 - 43 Selkirk
RBS REGIONAL BOWL FINAL
Liberton 6 - 30 St Boswells
RBS BORDER SHIELD
Earlston 11 - 8 Duns
Haw Linden 12 - 7 Haw Quins
Langholm 3 - 83 Berwick
BORDER 2nd XV CUP
Kelso A 5 - 52 Gala A
Peebles A 7 - 43 Melrose S
SEMI JUNIOR LEAGUE
Jed Thistle 7 - 8 Melrose W
Kelso Harlequins 17 – 18 Selkirk YC
FRIDAY, 14 MARCH
Ayr - Glas Hawks
BORDER LEAGUE POOL B
Gala - Hawick
SATURDAY, 15 MARCH
RBS 6 NATIONS
England - Italy
Wales - Scotland
France - Ireland
Edin Accies - Heriot's
RBS EAST LEAGUE 1
Langholm - Portobello
RBS EAST LEAGUE 3
RDVC - ST Boswells
RBS RESERVE LEAGUE 2
Kelso A - GHA A
Subscriptions for 2013-2014
Junior Member............ £10
For information regarding International Tickets contact George Thomson, Or buy exclusively from Selkirk RFC portal
to the SRU. Here
|The club shop is open for every home First XV fixture
and most training nights [7.00 to 8.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays].
The shop holds a great selection of kit including replica jerseys and training tops, T shirts, rugby balls, club
ties, new blazer badges and souvenirs. Just in are “Three in a Row” polo shirts celebrating our third successive
victory, winning the Border League. The club is indebted to Turnbull’s Shoe Repair Shop in the High Street for
displaying and taking orders for items available in the Club Shop. Please support Gus and the Club Shop as they
contribute, on average, £3000 each year to club funds.
Bar Steward Les Mallin can be contacted on : 07772044465
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