FEATHERS FLY AS SELKIRK DOWN HAWKS IN HIGH-SCORING PREMIERSHIP OPENER



Selkirk’s Italian wing, Luca Berte, dives over in the corner on Saturday to score his first try for the club.

‘Man of the Match’ Ross Nixon cuts between two Hawks defenders….

…and gets away his off-load, watched by team-mate Josh Welsh.

Selkirk vice-captain Luke Pettie barrels over for the first of his two tries.

No stopping replacement Ryan Cottrell as he sprints home for a great solo try.



[All photos taken by Selkirk RFC’s club photographer GRANT KINGHORN]

Selkirk 50, Glasgow Hawks 15

EIGHT tries and a 50-point scoreline gave Selkirk’s supporters plenty to smile about at sun-soaked Philiphaugh on Saturday, as the Souters made an impressive start to their Tennent’s Premiership campaign.
It must also have been particularly pleasing for head coach Scott Wight to see his new half-back combination function so smoothly.
Having started Selkirk’s past two games at full-back, Luca Merolle cleared relished pulling on the No. 9 jersey and showed he possessed all the skills to direct operations from behind the home pack.
His young half-back partner Callum Anderson also gave an assured performance - his perfectly weighted cross-field kick for hooker James Bett’s try proving one of the game’s stand-out moments.
Another high point came in the second half when replacement centre Ryan Cottrell, with his very first touch of the ball, raced 65 metres down the pitch for an outstanding solo try.
On the debit side, Selkirk conceded a bucket-load of penalties throughout the match, with no fewer than three home players being shown yellow cards – Jack Houston, Grant Forrest and Scott McClymont.
However, nothing should detract from the focus and energy displayed by Ewan MacDougall’s men in a convincing victory that gets the Souters’ Premiership campaign off to the best possible start.
“I can’t fault the boys’ attitude today,” said head coach Scott Wight after the final whistle. “I thought defensively we were really good, and we also performed well with ball in hand. However, our first-up tackles were poor and we gave away far too many penalties.
“No-one really knew what to expect until these first Premiership games had been played. Now all the videos will come out so you’ll be able to do a bit of analysis on the other teams, because you’re seeing footage from the Premiership for the first time.
“Hawks have obviously had a lot of changes, with youngsters coming in to replace players who’ve joined Super6 franchises. I’m pleased to have got off to winning start, but there’s still plenty to work on.”
Try scorers for Selkirk were Luke Pettie (2), James Bett, Frazer Anderson, Luca Berte, Aaron McColm, Jacob Henry and Ryan Cottrell. McColm added five conversions. Hawks’ tries came from Craig Shields and Paul Cairncross, with Liam Brims adding a penalty and conversion.
Centre Ross Nixon was named Selkirk’s Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’.

SELKIRK – Aaron McColm, L. Berte, J. Welsh, R. Nixon, F. Anderson, C. Anderson, L. Merolle, L. Pettie, J. Bett, B. Riddell, J. Houston, P. Forrest, R. Cook, S. McClymont, E. MacDougall. Replacements – J. Henry, R. Cottrell, Andrew McColm, H. Borthwick, G. Forrest.

GLASGOW HAWKS – N. Moffat, M. Priestly, M. Stewart, C. Harrison, C. McCarron, L. Brims, K. Kay, G. Strain, P. Cairncross, E. Rintoul, L. Archer, S. Halafihi, J. Gemmell, C. Shields, R. Sweeney. Replacements: T, McTeir, G. Armstrong, D. Milne, C. Holborn, E. Aitken.
Referee – Mike Todd (SRU).

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