TEAMS FOR SATURDAY
1st XV to play Falkirk in BT National
1 at Sunnyside on Saturday, Sept. 24, kick-off 3pm (bus leaves 11.45am) – D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan,
C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, C. McEwan, K. Cooney, R. Wilson, L. Mabenge, J. McGowan, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall,
M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: M. Davies, P. Forrest, C. Graur, D. Allan, C. MacAulay.
Selkirk ‘A’ XV to play West of Scotland 2nds in BT Reserve League National 2 at Burnbrae on Saturday,
Sept. 24, kick-off 3pm (minibus leaves 11.30am) –G. Ross, J. Griffin, D. Swinbanks, A. Lyall, L. Martin, R. Hamilton,
F. Anderson, M. Waldron, F. Amos, J. Stephen, J. Houston, G. Baird, R. Cook, S. McDonald, H. Borthwick. Replacements:
R. Legge, S. McKenzie, A. Hurez, N. Darling.
RE-ENERGISED SELKIRK BOUNCE BACK WITH BONUS POINT
VICTORY OVER G.H.A.
Scrum-half Callum McEwan
manages to clear the ball from a ruck despite the attention of G.H.A. winger Grant Mollison.
Selkirk centre Scott
Hendrie bursts clear in Saturday’s match against G.H.A. at Philiphaugh, with team-mates Ruairi Wilson and Lewis
MacLennan ready to lend support.
Prop Lwando Mabenge
sets off on another bulldozing run, while number eight Sean Nixon (top left) yells for the off-load!
The official mascots
for Saturday’s game were twins Liam & Connor Oliver, pictured before kick-off with Selkirk captain Ross Nixon.
Both play for Selkirk Rhinos’ P3 team and attend Clovenfords Primary School. [Photos: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
Hard at work collating
match programmes prior to the G.H.A. match are Selkirk ex-president George Thomson and fixtures secretary Mary
Inglis. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
SELKIRK 55, G.H.A. 24
DESPERATE to return to winning ways after the previous
weekend’s heavy defeat at Mayfield, Selkirk gave their loyal supporters plenty to cheer about at Philiphaugh on
Saturday, chalking up their second seven-try victory of the BT National League Division 1 campaign.
Despite the margin of victory, opponents G.H.A. were no pushovers – a fact not lost on Selkirk assistant coach
Michael Jaffray. “The first 15 minutes were very tough, with G.H.A. playing a high-tempo game which kept our players
at full stretch,” the former Selkirk skipper told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the match.
“Eventually we began to settle, gaining territory and starting to dictate play on our own terms. Despite going
behind to an early score we kept our composure, and as the confidence levels started to rise, so tries weren’t
long in coming.
“Ciaran Whyte made some great breaks and also scored a cracker of a try, while I thought Sean Nixon was outstanding
in his first game for us at number eight. After Scott Tough got injured, young Callum McEwan came on and had an
“It helped having Scott Hendrie and Darren Clapperton back in the threequarter line, with forwards and backs combining
really well to score some well-executed tries.”
It was G.H.A. who opened the scoring with a try after 12 minutes from wing Nigel Kelly, converted by scrum-half
Murray Houston, who also added a penalty later in the half. Selkirk’s first half tries came from Scott Tough, Scott
Hendrie and Ciaran Whyte, with Josh Welsh adding all three conversions, plus a couple of penalties, to give Selkirk
an interval lead of 27-10.
The home side began to play with more freedom and flair after the break, resulting in four further tries from Darren
Clapperton (2), Sean Nixon and Peter Forrest.
Josh Welsh kicked two conversions before heading to the touchline with a leg strain, and in his absence Scott Hendrie
kicked two further conversions. The visitors’ remaining points came from tries by Houston and Tom Brown, with Houston
slotting both conversions.
The home coaches selected Ciaran Whyte as the Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’.
The only issues to cloud Selkirk’s day were the leg injuries sustained by Scott Tough and Ciaran Whyte, both of
which will be further assessed in the coming days. On a brighter note, centre Craig MacDougall has made a full
recovery from the knock picked up against Howe of Fife, while prop Cata Graur is expected to take a full part in
training this week after being sidelined for a fortnight with a calf injury.
SELKIRK - D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, L. MacLennan, R. Nixon, J. Welsh, C. Whyte, S. Tough, K. Cooney, R. Wilson,
L. Mabenge, P. Forrest, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, M. Robertson, S. Nixon. Replacements: C. McEwan, C. McAulay,
M. Waldron, C. MacDougall, S. McDonald
G.H.A. – C. Binnie, G. Mollison, B. Addison, T. Brown, N. Kelly, A. Goudie, M. Houston, J. Leslie, D. Ewing, M.
Scott, R. Jenkins, J. Auld, P. Harkins, W. Graham, R. Angus. Replacements: S. Carson, S. Plumridge, L. Barron,
C. Rome, C. King.
Referee – Steven Turnbull (Scottish Rugby)
SELKIRK ‘A’ FINDING THE GOING TOUGH IN HIGHLY COMPETITIVE RESERVE LEAGUE
[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN
Selkirk ‘A’ winger
Gavin Ross sets off on another break upfield against G.H.A. 2nds, backed up by team-mate Alan Lambie .
Centre Dave Allan
prepares to hand off G.H.A. openside Fergus Haig as Selkirk ‘A’ battle to get into the game.
SELKIRK ‘A’ 6, G.H.A. 2nds 31
DESPITE putting up a valiant display in Saturday’s
BT Reserve League National 2 match at Philiphaugh, defeat by a well-drilled and physical G.H.A. 2nds side leaves
Selkirk ‘A’ still looking for their first win of the season.
The home team’s cause wasn’t helped when Ross Purves, Kieran Thomson, Harry Borthwick, Jamie Turnbull and Rory
Banks all had to retire injured at various stages of the game, resulting in the introduction of uncontested scrums
for the final 20 minutes of the match.
Selkirk took the lead from a Rory Banks penalty in the 12th minute, but a scything diagonal break on the half-hour
mark by Jonny Lyons (a dead ringer for Highlander actor Christopher Lambert) led to a try in the corner for G.H.A.
winger Declan Miller, superbly converted by fly-half Glen Scott. The visiting No. 10 proved G.H.A.’s key player,
distributing well and missing just one of six goal attempts.
Ahead 10-3 at the break thanks to a 36th minute Scott penalty, G.H.A. put the game beyond Selkirk’s reach in the
second half with further tries from Tom Ritchie and a brace by Andrew Spowart, with Scott converting all three.
The home side’s only reply was a second Banks penalty.
Selkirk can take heart from two passages of inspired defending in each half when the visitors were camped on their
try line, while centres Dave Allan and Douglas Swinbanks put together some telling breaks (Allan later being named
Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’).
A special mention goes to ‘birthday boy’ Strath Mackenzie, who made a big impact off the bench, while the closest
Selkirk came to scoring was late in the game when Frazer Anderson made 60 metres from a quickly taken penalty –
only to be hauled down just short of the G.H.A. line.
SELKIRK – R. Hamilton, G. Ross, D. Swinbanks, D. Allan, L. Martin, R. Banks, F. Anderson, J. Stephen, R. Purves,
K. Thomson, A. Lambie, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, F. Amos, H. Borthwick. Replacements: S. Mackenzie J. Griffin, R. Reilly,
G. Baird, A. Lyall.
G.H.A. – A. Brennan, D. Miller, R. Jerecivick, R. Findlay, A. Spowart, G. Scott, M. Clark, J. White, R. Firth,
C. Braid, J. Lyons, F. Gowan, L. Manunga, F. Haig, T. Ritchie. Replacements: M. Ryan, D. Kellock.
Referee – Andrew Edgar (St Boswells).
1st XV (as at 19/9/2016)
‘A’ XV (as at 19/9/2016)
Played 5 Won 3 Lost 2 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 208. Pts conceded: 149.
Tries scored: 31. Tries conceded: 21.
Leading try scorers (after 5 matches):
9 - Darren Clapperton; 4 - Josh Welsh; 3 - Scott Hendrie, Ciaran Whyte; 2 – Matt Robertson, Lewis MacLennan, Ross
Nixon, Callum McEwan; 1- Max Gordon, Scott Tough, Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon.
Leading points scorers (after 5 matches):
61 – Josh Welsh (4 tries, 3 penalties, 16 conversions); 45 – Darren Clapperton (9 tries).
Most appearances (after 5 matches):
5 - Josh Welsh, Ciaran Whyte, Ross Nixon, Lewis MacLennan, Lwando Mabenge, Max Gordon, Ewan MacDougall, Matt Robertson,
Peter Forrest, Sean Nixon, Kieran Cooney; 4 – Scott Hendrie, Craig MacDougall, Darren Clapperton, Aaron McColm,
Callum McEwan, Ruairi Wilson; 3 - Jordan McGowan, Connor MacAulay, Cata Graur, Andrew Renwick, Michael Waldron;
2 – Scott McDonald.
Played 5 Won 0 Lost 5 Drawn 0
Pts scored: 49. Pts conceded: 164.
Tries scored: 6. Tries conceded: 23.
Leading try scorers (after 5 matches):
2 – Rory Banks; 1 - Aaron McColm, Ross Purves, Michael Waldron, Strath Mackenzie.
Leading points scorers (after 5 matches):
25 - Rory Banks (2 tries, 3 penalties, 3 conversions).
Most appearances (after 5 matches): 5 – Lewis Martin, Frazer Anderson, Gavin Ross, Ross Purves, Robert
Cook, Strath Mackenzie, Harry Borthwick, Kieran Thomson, Finlay Amos, Jimmy Stephen, Dave Allan; 4 - Jamie Turnbull,
Douglas Swinbanks, Robbie Reilly, Alan Lambie, Greg Baird; 3 - Callum McColm, Michael Waldron; 2 – Jy Griffin,
Rory Hamilton, Scott McDonald, Phil Anderson.
EXTREMELY ‘FIT’ FOR PURPOSE! SELKIRK GRATEFUL TO SPONSOR FOR EXCELLENT SUPPORT
Neil Davidson, of RDAS
CrossFit, presents player Aaron McColm with one of the warm-up T-shirts his organisation is sponsoring for Selkirk’s
2016/2017 season. [Photo: GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
‘WHEN the going gets tough, the tough get going’, is an expression which dovetails perfectly with the aims of RDAS
CrossFit, a core strength and conditioning programme incorporating circuit training, Olympic lifting, body weight
exercises and high intensity work-outs as a means of honing and improving the fitness levels of men, women and
children up and down the country.
The Selkirk arm of the RDAS CrossFit operation is organised, run and managed by Neil Davidson, a former Royal Marines
Commando and trained bodyguard. His CrossFit gym is based at Unit 10, Riverside Mills, and part of his sponsorship
deal with Selkirk Rugby Club allows players to train at the gym on Mondays and Wednesday, as well as receive discounts
on a range of nutritional supplements products. This offer of discount is also extended to Selkirk Rugby Club members
at a 10% discount on membership to the gym.
Neil, who holds an NFCE Diploma in Health, Exercise & Fitness and relevant qualifications in CrossFit, is also
sponsoring the senior players’ travel tops, which are emblazoned with the official RDAS CrossFit logo.
Selkirk’s Development Officer, Kieran Cooney, is full of praise for the RDAS CrossFit initiative. “Neil delivers
classes to the club’s School of Rugby programme, as well as running regular primary school fitness sessions,” said
Kieran. “The CrossFit programme is extremely beneficial in terms of developing rugby fitness across all age ranges,
and the club is very fortunate to be able to call on Neil’s considerable skills.”
Clearly this is one sponsorship deal that ‘fits’ the bill in terms of players’ development, and the club would
like to thank Neil and the RDAS CrossFit team for such generous sponsorship.
NEW REFEREEING GUIDELINES SEEK
TO SAFEGUARD SPIRIT OF THE GAME
Selkirk referees Scott
Tomlinson (left) and Ronnie Dumma have both given their backing to the new SRU initiative. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]
SCOTTISH Rugby has just issued a new directive to clubs entitled ‘Guidelines for Refereeing Domestic Rugby
Season 2016/17’, aimed at informing rugby clubs and players how the game is to be officiated during the 2016/17
To reflect recent directives from World Rugby, Scottish referees will place particular emphasis this season on
foul play, the scrum, the tackle area and the lineout-maul. Meanwhile Scottish Rugby believes respect for referees,
and the difficult job they do, is of paramount importance to the game, and say that continual shouting by club
officials during games (in respect of match officials) is ‘unacceptable’.
“It should be emphasised that public comments by club officials on match officials must not refer to, or infer,
bias on the part of the match officials against the club. Any match official performance issues should be addressed
to the HP referee manager in the first instance.”
The selkirkrfc.com web site put these points to two Selkirk rugby referees, Ronnie Dumma and Scott Tomlinson, prior
to Saturday’s match against G.H.A. at Philiphaugh.
“Getting barracked by club officials or the crowd certainly isn’t helpful,” said Ronnie, “but the best course of
action in the first instance is to address any problems at club level. If the issue remains unresolved, then the
next step would be to take up the matter with the local referees association’s discipline officer, and after that
with the SRU.”
Scott Tomlinson added: “I find that when you’re refereeing in front of a big crowd you never hear any comments
coming from the touchline, but when it’s a very small crowd then that’s when you tend to hear comments that can
be quite personal.
“As a referee you learn to deal with these comments, whether made by club officials or members of the crowd. However,
in a lot of cases supporters will often try to discourage fellow spectators from going over the score with remarks
to the referee, which is a very positive thing.”
Selkirk Rugby Club welcomes the new referee guidelines, and trusts its officials, members and supporters will show
due respect and courtesy to all referees who officiate at Philiphaugh matches.