BONUS points have been in short supply for Selkirk this season, and in recent years this deficiency has also applied to victories over Hawick. Both issues were rectified in convincing fashion at Philiphaugh on Saturday, with Selkirk running four tries past the visitors to secure a bonus point - a feat which moves them into second spot in Scottish Hydro Electric Premier One. "I thought the boys really came of age today," Selkirk coach Kevin Barrie told the selkirkrfc.com web site after the final whistle. "Before the game I told them that good discipline and keeping a level head would be crucial, and that's exactly what they did. Our defence held up well and we took the right options when not in possession of the ball. It was a real team effort, and shows that these players have got where they are on ability and by working hard for each other."
The match was played in light drizzle, but with conditions underfoot surprisingly good. Hawick took the lead in the fifth minute when a ruck infringement allowed Craig Neish to kick a 30-metre penalty. Selkirk almost hit back straight from the restart. Gavin Craig cleverly switched his kick to the grandstand touchline, and Lee Jones was able to gather cleanly and sprint for the corner. However, the ball just slipped from his grasp as the visitors' cover arrived and the chance was lost.
A try for the home side was only briefly delayed. Spurning the chance to kick a penalty, Michael McVie instead kicked to Hawick's five-metre line. Moments later Hawick incurred another penalty, and Martin Murray took a quick tap and moved the ball right to Neil Darling. Although stopped, the Selkirk skipper off-loaded to Gavin Craig, who burst under the posts for an opportunist try. McVie's conversion put the home side 7-3 in front.
Craig then distinguished himself in defence with a cracking tackle on Rory Hutton, before breaking clear and releasing Alex Dunbar on a surging run which Hawick did well to snuff out 15 metres from their own line. Next Rory Aglen pulled off two tackles in quick succession to halt the visitors' progress, and after Darling retired to the sidelines with a blood injury, McVie sent a 20th minute penalty attempt just wide of the posts.
Full report at www.selkirkrfc.com