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Selkirk’s Kieran Cooney takes the game to Hawick in Friday night’s Border League fixture at Mansfield Park.

Selkirk scrum-half Scott Tough finds himself surrounded by Green shirts as Hawick keep up the pressure

Replacement scrum-half Mikey Davies fires out a pass, watched by Gordon Patterson, Lewis MacLennan and Scott McDonald.

Selkirk number eight Matt Kissick prepares to offload the ball following a scrum.

Photos: Grant Kinghorn Pics

Hawick 43 Selkirk 26

A YOUNG Selkirk side found the going tough in Friday night’s Booker Border League match at Mansfield Park, where both sides were keen to spread the ball wide and provide the spectators with entertaining, open rugby.

After seven minutes Selkirk’s pack was shunted back by the Hawick eight to concede a penalty, which Lee Armstrong duly converted. Enterprising offloading play by Selkirk was halted on a number of occasions by dropped balls, while Hawick were also guilty of losing the ball in possession.

On the 10-minute mark the Greens scored a fine breakaway try from deep in their own half through full-back Scott Peffers, with Armstrong easily landing the conversion.

At this stage of the match Selkirk flanker Ewan MacDougall had to leave the field after an accidental clash of heads, and Chaney Willemse entered the fray as his replacement.

The Greens scored their next try through hooker Ross Graham after a solid drive by the forwards, and the conversion by Armstrong gave Hawick a comfortable lead. The visitors were not helping their cause by regularly giving away possession and missing first-time tackles - errors a skilful Hawick team was quick to punish.

Further tries by Armstrong, McLeod and Cottrell (on the stroke of half time) added to the visiting supporters’ disappointment. With an interval lead of 38-0, Hawick were playing at a level of pace Selkirk were finding hard to live with.

The Selkirk coaches’ halftime team talk saw a sea change in the visitors’ performance levels, and Mikey Davies (on at scrum-half for the second half) immediately made a telling break to release Callum McColm for an unconverted try.

Although this was cancelled out by a Neil McColm try for Hawick, the Souters were now competing much more effectively at the set piece. Josh Welsh put his team into a good attacking position with a raking touch-finder, and Matt Kissick - who had an excellent match – scored a converted try after several stirring phases of play.

Callum McColm created another attack with a weaving run, and Hawick were now finding themselves under pressure in areas they had dominated in the first half. It came as no surprise when Josh Welsh found space down the stand side to score a try, leaving defenders in his wake. Rory Banks brought out full points with an excellent conversion.

Selkirk saved their best try until last when Craig MacDougall was released in space and ran in between the posts unopposed. Welsh converted to make the final score: Hawick 43, Selkirk 26.

The Greens thoroughly deserved their victory with a convincing first half display, but all credit to the young Souters who retrieved a decent degree of pride by outscoring their opponents 26-5 in the second half.

SELKIRK - R. Banks, C. McEwan, L. MacLennan, C. MacDougall, J. Welsh, C. McColm, S. Tough, G. Patterson, J. Bett, C. Graur, K. Cooney , S. McDonald, E. MacDougall, A. Duckett, M. Kissick. Replacements: M. Davies, R. Wilson, M. Robertson, K. Ramage, C. Willemse.


Lock Jamie Turnbull (later named Selkirk ‘man of the match’) turns back line-out ball against Jed 2nds on Saturday.

Selkirk skipper Scott Tough battles his way across the line for his side’s second try.

Wing Lewis Martin finishes off a sprint along the grandstand touchline to score Selkirk’s opening try.

Scott Hendrie, always a class act, touches down the second of his two tries against Jed 2nds.

Photos: Grant Kinghorn Pics

Selkirk ‘A’ 52, Jed-Forest 2nds 0

AFTER dominating the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s Border 2nd XV Cup fixture at Philiphaugh, particularly in the scrums, it looked as though Jed-Forest 2nds would prove a hot handful for Selkirk.

However, having weathered the early storm, the home team gradually stamped its authority on the rest of proceedings, eventually running in eight tries without reply.

Home supporters will have taken particular satisfaction at the re-appearance in Selkirk colours of prop Michael Waldron (who hasn’t played since the Souters’ match against Ayr 2nds on January 18), as well as the return of 1st XV regular Scott Hendrie, who has only played a couple of games this season (both for the ‘A’ XV) because of work commitments.

Both players showed up well in a Selkirk side that grew in confidence as the contest progressed. Locks Robert Cook and Jamie Turnbull put in solid shifts against bigger and more physical opponents, while the back row of Ross Purves, Scott McClymont and Matt Robertson were also in top form.

Jed were well served by the front row of Page, Storie and Bates, and with no replacements on the bench it says much for the visitors’ stamina and perseverance that all 15 Jed players battled right to the end.

There was one yellow card in the match – Jed scrum-half Fraser compounding a squint feed offence minutes beforehand by not rolling away at a ruck and being sent to the sidelines.

Selkirk’s first half scores came from Lewis Martin (2), skipper Scott Tough and Kieran Monks, with Rory Banks adding three conversions. After the break, tries were scored by Scott Hendrie (2), Rory Banks and Craig Bruce, with Banks adding two conversions and Jack Elliot one.

The home coaches later named Jamie Turnbull as Selkirk’s ‘Man of the Match’.

SELKIRK – S. Hendrie, L. Martin, A. Lyall, D. Swinbanks, K. Monks, R. Banks, S. Tough, K. Thomson, R. Wilson, B. Riddell, J. Turnbull, R. Cook, S. McClymont, R. Purves, M. Robertson. Replacements: C. Bruce, J. Elliot, M. Waldron, S. McDonald.

JED-FOREST – C. Reilly, A. Cowe, S. Paxton, O. Robertson, I. Jeff, M. Chisholm, J. Fraser, C. Page, A. Storie, N. Bates, C. Liddle, C. Skeldon, J. Barrie, R. Marshall, J. Hynd.

Referee – Colin Reavely (Gala).


GOOD TEAM EFFORT. The Selkirk under-16 squad line up for a photo at the start of Sunday’s match against Berwick U-16s. Back row, from left - Gregor Grahame, Aaron Henderson, Matthew Gentleman, Tom Elliot, Ewen McKenzie, Lewis Wilde, Liam Cassidy, Andrew McColm & Matthew Francis. Front - Robbie McMorran, Fraser Easson, Ciaran Wilkie, Sam Coltherd (capt..), Jake Edwards, Connor Gray & Kyle Adamson.

Selkirk wing Aaron Henderson makes a break up the stand touchline.

Gregor Grahame sprints over for his team’s third try

[Photos: JOHN SMAIL]

Selkirk under-16s 81, Berwick under-16s 7

ON a perfect afternoon for rugby, Selkirk’s under-16s side swept to a convincing victory over their Berwick counterparts at Philiphaugh on Sunday. Up against much bigger opponents, the home players showed great character and poise to run in now fewer than 13 tries.

Selkirk’s first try came after Matthew Francis popped a neat chip over the defence and Sam Coltherd gathered to score, with Fraser Easson converting. After a good break by Aaron Henderson, Connor Gray scored with Fraser Easson again converting.

Gregor Grahame made a strong break to score next, with Fraser again converting. Berwick then rallied with their number 10 scoring near the posts and also converting. Selkirk replied with some good handling in the backs, resulting in Sam Coltherd getting his second try, Fraser again converting.

Kyle Adamson was next on the score sheet for Selkirk, showing a neat sidestep to score in the corner, and the first half ended with Connor Gray scoring his second try, converted by Easson. Halftime score – Selkirk 40, Berwick 7.  

A good break by Coltherd led to a try for Ciaran Wilkie, and soon afterwards No. 8 Tom Elliot scored the first of his four tries, which Easson converted. A good double tackle by Matthew Gentleman and Ewen McKenzie allowed Grahame to pick up the loose ball and score from 40 metres, and Berwick barely had time to draw breath before Tom Elliot had crossed for tries two, three and four.

The final home player to get on the score sheet was Fraser Easson, thanks to an unselfish pass from Gregor Grahame.

This was a much improved performance by Selkirk, with special mention going to Aaron Henderson and Tom Elliot, who is thriving in the No. 8 role. Sad to say, this may be skipper Sam Coltherd's last game, as he picks up his jockey licence next week.


RHINOS READY TO ROCK! The Selkirk Rhino P7 players prepare for their matches at BT Murrayfield on Sunday. From left - Dylan Ward, Alec Sweetnam, Sean Martin, Tyler Hayes, Fraser Robertson, Andrew Cochrane, Calum Kemp, Dan Williams, Cameron Welsh and Caleb Anderson.

ACTION STATIONS. The Selkirk Rhinos players battle for possession in the match against their Currie counterparts at BT Murrayfield on Sunday. [Photos: RICHARD SWEETNAM]

THE Selkirk Rhinos P7 squad attended the Positive Coaching Scotland Mini-Rugby Tournament staged on the back pitches at BT Murrayfield on Sunday, prior to Edinburgh’s Guinness PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues.

A total of 28 teams were in attendance, with the Rhinos players proving a credit to the club and to themselves.  In their first matches the Selkirk side lost to big, strong Currie and Howe of Fife teams, but performed brilliantly against Musselburgh to draw. They then only just lost out to Ardvreck by the odd try.

The emphasis of Sunday’s format was on rugby development and skills, as well as team ethic, respect and sportsmanship.  The boys scored highly on each of these features, and are looking forward to working with Selkirk DO Kieran Cooney on the defensive aspects of their game.

The next Murrayfield appearance for Selkirk Rhinos will be in the New Year when the P4s and P5s will form the guard of honour at the Guinness PRO12 game between Edinburgh and Ulster, with the Rhinos’ P6s taking part in the halftime game.


NO CLOSE SHAVE HERE! Selkirk president Mick Craig (centre) is joined by club physio Ryan Crockatt (left) and son Gavin at last Tuesday’s training, as the trio proudly shows off their Movember ‘mo’-growing efforts. [Photo: JOHN SMAIL]

YES WE CAN! One of the prizes at this year’s Movember awards night will go the person who has his ‘mo’ photographed beside a famous celebrity. The winner of this prize in 2008 was Michael Rutherford, who clearly has friends in high places…

EXCITEMENT is mounting as the club’s combined Casino Night & Movember Awards ceremony draws near. This event is being staged in the Philiphaugh Suite on Saturday night, with the funds raised being split between Selkirk RFC’s Youth Development Fund and Prostate Cancer UK.

Tickets, priced £7, are still on sale behind the club bar and from Brown & Muir’s office in the West Port, and a fun-filled night looks on the cards. Roulette, poker & blackjack tables are going to be in operation, while a cocktail bar and disco are bound to enhance the atmosphere.

The majority of Selkirk’s players have entered into the spirit of the Movember campaign by growing all manner of beards, moustaches and sideburns during the past month, and competition for the Movember prizes is going to be keen.

Movember organiser John Smail is asking players to bring their Movember sponsorship sheets and money along to training this week, or else to the Casino Night on Saturday.




Forthcoming Fixtures/Events

SATURDAY, November 29th

at Philiphaugh (3pm kick-off)

at Philiphaugh (2pm kick-off)

at Philiphaugh (2pm kick-off)

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SELKIRK supporters will be delighted to learn that 1st XV player Ewan MacDougall (pictured above) is now well on the road to recovery after spending Friday night under observation in the Borders General Hospital.
The 22-year-old flanker was led dazed from the Mansfield Park pitch by physio Ryan Crockatt after an accidental clash of heads with Ross Graham at the start of Friday night’s Border League match against Hawick. It was a worrying sight for parents Malcolm and Liz, as well as Ewan’s granny Maisie, who were all at the match.
“I’m feeling much better now that I’ve had a couple of days’ rest,” Ewan told the selkirkrfc.com web site on Monday, “but to be honest I still can’t remember much about the game. I was kept in overnight at the BGH, and a CT scan on Saturday morning came up all clear, which was a big relief.
“I’ve been told to take a few days off work, but I’m feeling pretty much back to normal now. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I’m down at Philiphaugh, and I’ll definitely be cheering on the boys from the sidelines against Kelso on Saturday!”
Believe it or not, this is the first serious rugby injury Ewan has ever picked up. “Obviously I’m very glad the injury didn’t turn out to be more severe,” said Ewan, “but at the same time I’m pretty gutted to be missing the Kelso game.
“This will be the first rugby match I’ve missed for Selkirk at any level – stretching right back to when I was in first year at Selkirk High, and then as a Selkirk Youth Club player. Monday was also the first day I’ve ever had off work since I was taken on as an apprentice, so one way and another it’s been a bit of a defining moment all round!”
After 85 games for the 1st XV, everybody at Philiphaugh hopes it won’t be too long until Ewan is back out on the pitch.


Sam Clark pictured with Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw at Rugby Park.

SATURDAY’S match between Scotland and Tonga at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, proved a very special occasion for Selkirk Rhinos P6 player Sam Clark.
The Knowepark Primary School pupil had been chosen as one of the official Scotland mascots for the day, and shared the limelight with Scotland’s international players as they lined up on the pitch prior to kick-off.
Sam was accompanied by Mum Lisa and Dad Ian, as well as by several other family members and a number of friends from Selkirk.

Meeting Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw was just one of the many magic moments enjoyed by Sam, who returned home to the Borders with plenty of mementoes of the day and a whole of great memories!


FORMER Selkirk player Alex Dunbar is pictured above diving over the line to touch down Scotland’s third try in Saturday’s 37-12 victory over Tonga at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, on Saturday. The match saw Alex awarded his 11th full international cap, and the centre has now notched four tries for Scotland during that time.
Meanwhile another ex-Selkirk player, Lee Jones, turned out for Glasgow Warriors in a Guinness Pro-12 fixture against Llanelli Scarlets at the Parc y Scarlets on Friday night. The visitors lost the match 19-9, which was only Glasgow’s second defeat of the season.
Later this week the Scotland sevens squad for the upcoming IRB tournament in Dubai will be announced, and Lee could well find himself included in the Scots party.


CLUB steward Les Mallin has contacted the selkirkrfc.com web site to say there are still spaces available at the club’s Christmas party Night in the Philiphaugh Suite on Friday, December 5th. The cost of tickets is £27.50 per head, with a slap-up meal, disco and party games all included in the price.
“It should be a really fun night,” said Les, “and anyone wishing to book tables or tickets should contact either myself on 07772 044 465, or assistant secretary Ross Thomson on 07811 537 072”.

1st XV
(as at 17/11/2014)

Played 14 Won 11 Lost 3 Drawn 0

Points scored: 467. Points conceded: 246.
Tries scored: 65. Tries conceded: 33.

Leading try scorers
(after 14 matches): 14 - Darren Clapperton; 8 – James Bett, Josh Welsh; 5 - Callum McColm, Craig MacDougall; 4 - Kieran Cooney; 3 - Ewan MacDougall, Callum Marshall, Mikey Davies; 2 – Angus Duckett, Lewis MacLennan; 1 – Matt Kissick, Callum McEwan, Cata Graur, Rory Banks, Ross Nixon, Scott Tough, Matt Robertson, Ruairi Wilson.

Leading points scorers
(after 14 matches): 147 – Josh Welsh (8 tries, 17 penalties, 28 conversions); 70 – Darren Clapperton (13 tries); 40 – James Bett (8 tries).

Most appearances
(after 14 matches): 14 - Ewan MacDougall, James Bett; 13 - Callum Marshall, Cata Graur, Craig MacDougall, Mikey Davies, Angus Duckett, Callum McColm, Kieran Cooney; 12 - Jordan McGowan, Josh Welsh, Lewis MacLennan; 11 - Darren Clapperton; 10 - Gordon Patterson, Callum McEwan, Ruairi Wilson; 9 - Rory Banks; 8 - Ross Nixon, Matt Kissick; 6 - Andrew Renwick; 5 –John Everitt.

‘A’ XV
(as at 17/11/2014)

Played 10 Won 6 Lost 4 Drawn 0

Points scored: 273. Points conceded: 208.
Tries scored: 40. Tries conceded: 30.

Leading try scorers
(after 10 matches): 6 - Lewis Martin; 5 – Callum McEwan; 4 Jack Elliot; 3 – Ali Lyall, Kieran Monks, Josh Welsh; 2 – Scott McClymont, Ruairi Wilson, Jordan McGowan, Stuart Forrest; 1 – Rory Banks, Robert Cook, Scott McDonald, Craig Bruce, Darren Knox, Scott Hendrie, Lewis MacLennan, Craig MacDougall, Ross Nixon.

Leading points scorers (after 10 matches):
58 – Jack Elliot (4 tries, 6 penalties, 10 conversions); 30 - Lewis Martin (6 tries); 27 – Josh Welsh (3 tries, six conversions); 25 – Callum McEwan (5 tries), 21 – Rory Banks (1 try, 2 penalties, 5 conversions).

Most appearances
(after 10 matches): 10 – Lewis Martin, Scott McClymont; 9 – Robert Cook, Ross Purves, Jack Elliot; 8 - Craig Bruce, 7 – Matt Robertson, Kieran Thomson, Kieran Monks, Callum Turnbull; 6 - Scott Tough, Kyle Stillie, Scott McDonald; 5 – Jamie Turnbull, Jack Houston, Ruairi Wilson, Sam Mackay; 4 – Willie McClymont, Andrew Given, Kyle Ramage; 3 – Bruce Riddell, Callum McEwan, Darren Knox, Jason Hendrie, Jimmy Stephen.

(as at 3/11/2014)

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.


SELKIRK Rugby Club supporters can now keep up to date with all the latest club news via Twitter, as well as the latest scores and results from Selkirk matches. Follow - @SelkirkRFCInfo

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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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