SELKIRK v MELROSE
- Game OFF
The Past Player's
Lunch is going ahead !
SELKIRK DELIGHTED TO COME AWAY WITH A CUP WIN OVER
Dashton Wellman scrambles over the
line for the first of his two tries in his last game for Selkirk.
Angus Duckett shakes
off the Musselburgh defence in his first appearance back for the 1st XV since September.
[Photos: GRANT KINGHORN]
IT was a great feeling for the Selkirk 1st XV on Saturday as they finally came away with a well-deserved victory
over Musselburgh in the BT National Cup after an impressive performance.
The boys started well, and proved to be the dominant side from kick-off, remaining in Musselburgh's half for the
majority of the time. Their first try came through South African prop Lwando Mabenge, who managed to scramble through
a mess of boots to thump the ball down on the try-line. Rory Banks then stepped up to take kicking duties and easily
converted for the extra two points.
Musselburgh fought back hard though, and kept the pressure on throughout the following 15 minutes, eventually punching
a hole in the Souters' defence, allowing their second row Lander to crash down onto the line, with stand-off Kirkby
converting to take the score to 7-7.
Selkirk retaliated fiercely from this however, with Dashton Wellman leading the attack with some superb passing
to eventually dive over for Selkirk's second try just a minute after. Banks converted again, to put the home side
ahead once more.
Selkirk were dominating possession from here, with Musselburgh struggling to gain much ground against the Souters,
and a well-worked move courtesy of Josh Welsh and Ross Nixon gave Wellman the opportunity to use his trademark
agility to break through the last defender and run in for his second try of the match, which was his last for the
club in terms of 15's rugby.
The game was stopped soon before half time after Musselburgh player Marco Mladenovic suffered a worrying injury
after he was taken down by Leon du Plessis. Marco has since been discharged from hospital, which both sides are
glad to hear. This stoppage ran right up to half-time, which left the score at 21-7.
Selkirk were eager to make up for lost time as the second half kicked off, attacking from the whistle. Their first
try of the half came just two minutes in as Craig MacDougall drew the defender, leaving Darren Clapperton to receive
the offload and put the ball down right in the corner.
Barely five minutes had passed before the team were at it again, with some good pressing force from the forwards
allowing Callum Marshall to shimmy past the last man and touch down for his first, and Selkirk's fifth try of the
match, which was once again converted by Banks.
It looked like the boys were going to be in for their sixth try after Rory Banks broke through the opposition's
line and expertly chipped the ball through the Clapperton again, but he was denied at the line by an opposing player's
arm preventing the ball from touching down on the line.
Unfazed by this, the Souters pushed on, against a somewhat more resilient defence from Musselburgh. Callum Marshall
managed to dive down again for his second try of the game. Banks continued his inspiring kicking form, converting
the try to take the score to 40-7.
Douglas Swinbanks then came on, to make only his second appearance for the 1st XV, and put in a good shift at centre,
providing some crucial supporting runs and passes.
Selkirk squeezed one last try out of the match not long before full-time courtesy of Angus Duckett, who was making
his return to the 1st XV for the first time since September. Rory Banks wrapped up Selkirk's impressive victory
with an equally impressive kicking record, as the final score ended up as 47-7.
1st XV coach Cameron Cochrane said after the match: "With no pros playing that match, it was a level playing
field really, but I think it was quite a convincing victory for us in the end. We dictated the pace of the game,
as well as the breakdown and the set pieces. Despite a couple of wee errors here and there to work on we're all
very pleased with that win today."
A fantastic win for the boys, but the 1st XV will turn their attention to next week's game- their final BT Premiership
match against Melrose at Philiphaugh (kick-off: 3pm).
SELKIRK: J. Welsh, R. Nixon, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, D. Clapperton, R. Banks, D. Wellman, L. Mabenge, J. Bett,
C. Graur, P. Forrest, M. Gordon, E. MacDougall, L. du Plessis, C. Marshall. Replacements: F. Anderson, D. Swinbanks,
F. Tetart, A. Renwick, A. Duckett.
MUSSELBURGH: R. Hook, S. Watt, A. Hook, L. Hudson, A. Hook, S. Kirkby, A. Sinclair, J. McSorley, R. Gregor, D.
Grant, W. Fleming, P. Brown, W. Lander, M. Mladenovic, R. Young. Replacements: C. Salvan, E. O'Brian, J. Peel,
B. Walls, R. Young.
Referee: Graeme Wells (SRU)
PAST PLAYER'S LUNCH RESCHEDULED
THE Past Player's Lunch has now been ironically rescheduled to its original date on Saturday February 13th! The
lunch will be before the 1st XV's final BT Premiership match against Melrose on that date, and it is requested
that all who will be attending meet in the clubhouse at 12:30pm for pre-match beers. Scotland's Six Nations game
against Wales kicks off just after the 1st XV's match- at 4:50pm, so all are invited to come in and watch the game
on the TV in the clubhouse.
DEVELOPMENT CLUB DRAW INFORMATION
ANYONE who is not on standing order for the Development Club Draw, the yearly fee of £36 is due soon. For
anyone wanting to join the draw, please contact Ali Cullen on 07858399755. The draw costs £3 per month or
an annual payment of £36.
SELKIRK RFC have been lucky enough to secure all
the tickets we requested for the home and away international games. The Italy and Ireland tickets have yet to be
released but if they have been bought as Christmas presents at all, you can let people know that they are on their
way! Club members can still order tickets for Edinburgh and Glasgow matches as well as the Guinness Pro 12 final
through our website portal on the Internationalpage. The club receives a % return on each of these tickets.
JOIN THE PAST PLAYERíS CLUB
IF you have played for Selkirk at any level at any time, from the 1st XV to the ĎAí XV, the 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and
Vets, you can join the Past Playerís Club. For an annual cost of just £30, which entitles you to a free lunch,
itís great value for money! The excess funds are exclusively invested in our player development programme which
is so important to a community like ours.
We have several overseas members including Brian Spaton (Spas) and Larry Taylor (Bones) from Balmy Beach who both
played for Selkirk when on tour in Ontario! We are looking for new members and itís a great way to keep in touch
with the players of your era. If you are interested in joining, please contact John Rutherford on the following
details:- Mob: 07887952292 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our current member list: John Smail, John Rutherford, Dennis Henderson, Cameron Cochrane, Eric Patterson, George
Thomson, Rob Forrest, Keith Hendrie, Jim Newlands, Ron Cowan, Dave Rogerson, Gordon Hunter, Tom Heatlie, Alan Pearce,
Mike Johnstone, Gordon Newlands, Gerald Beggs, Alan Linton, Douglas Syme, David Anderson, Bert Duffy, Neill Wood,
Darren Hogan, Watt Currie, Bruce Armstrong, Graeme Henderson, James Rutherford, Billy Rutherford, Chalmers Stillie,
Paul Tomlinson, Andrew Hulme, Allan Hogg, Bert Robertson, Mick McColm, Lyall Houghton, Martin Murray, John Grieve,
Duncan Lawson, Jeremy Brett, Alan Edgar, Drew Hislop, Roderick Ballantyne, Graham Scott, Iain Paxton, Jim Hulme,
Ian Hope, Norman Douglas, Malcolm MacDougall, Alan Scott, Shaun McGauchie, Iwan Tukalo, Alan Hulme, Mick Craig,
Kevin Rodgerson, Craig Forster, Michael Jaffray, Ian Galloway, Mick Craig, Keith Amos, Ian Ballantyne, Malcolm
Douglas, Rob Brotherston, Derek Parratt, Graham Marshall, Billy Galbraith, Eric Hislop, Jack Heatlie, Gavin Kellett,
Keith McConnell, Ewan Robbie, Ian Jeffrey, Donny MacKenzie, Andy White, Drew Richardson, David Bell, John Donnelly,
Ian Johnston, Keith Johnston, Bert Turnbull, Nick Bihel, Stuart McCall, Scott Davies, Larry Taylor, Rodney Pow,
Lindsay Shouesmith, Walter Douglas, Oliver Douglas, Mike Potrykus, Michael Ramage, Austin Lindores, Arnold Henderson,
Billy Renwick, Brian Spanton, John Turnbull, Alan Seal, Paul Minto, Colin Bruce, Donald Phaup, Scott McColm, Alan
Douglas, Cammy Guntley, Brian Cassidy, Alan Wheelans, Tom Brown, Roddy Denholm, David Hunter, Benny Rafferty, David
Nichol, Jim Marshall, James Hall, Jock Lockie, David Olson, Mark Langhammer, Bill Jackson.