Peebles 2nds were too strong for Selkirk’s newly reformed third string when they ran out winners by 39 points to nil at The Gytes on Saturday in the Borders 2nd XV Development Cup.
The first 18 minutes was like a war of attrition played in the middle third of the park as neither side was able to get any fluency in the game, the cobwebs being to the fore. The Peebles scrum did however exert a fair bit of pressure with Matt Carryer taking more than a few balls against the head. The duck was broken when stand off, Gary Dodds just missed a penalty from the Selkirk Stormers’ 10 metre line. From a poor restart Peebles pressure told and skipper Graeme Hogarth scythed through for the opening try.
The next score came when Hogarth again broke the gain line giving a short pass to flying winger, Graeme Frank who weaved through the opposition at pace to score under the posts giving Gary Dodds the easiest of conversions.
On the 36th minute fellow winger, Paul Kerr was released on the left flank and dodging tacklers and touchline raced into the 22 and over the try line for the third try. With Gary Dodds hitting the posts it left an interval break of 17 points to nil.
Peebles did not let up in the second half, taking only 2 minutes to get into the visitor’s 22, and form a driving maul from which Matt Carryer was driven over. This was closely followed by a speedy intrusion by Graeme Franks, now at fullback, who took the ball well into the Selkirk 22, drawing players and releasing Paul Kerr for his second.
On the 30 minutes, Eddie Haldane got the first of his brace as home scrum controlled a 5 metre scrum to get the pushover try. 6 minutes later a pick up from the base of a scrum 10 metres out saw him drive over for a second and amazingly the conversion from skipper Graeme Hogarth converted for a 34 point lead.
The final try of the day almost on full time, saw Adam Moffat on an a juggernaut run and go and go and go until eventually tackled in the Selkirk 22; but he had the dexterity to pop the ball out of the tackle to Iain Rodger who jinked toward the line selfishly giving David Brown the try and result in a final score of 39 points to nil.
There were certainly mistakes on both sides, but this was a good ego booster for First XV sponsored Gytes men giving them a chance to show their capabilities. They will have much tougher tests to come before this Development Cup is completed.