2nd XV v Selkirk
Stew Mel 2nd XV 27 Selkirk 2nd XV 20
If there has been a better game at the hallowed turf this year then we haven’t seen it! From the first minute to the last both teams deserve great credit for entertaining the record crowd (Trump) on the back pitch at Inverleith.
It took a superb solo effort from home full back Rhys Gilroy with 10 mins remaining to nudge Stew Mel 27-13 ahead and only then could the hosts relax a little, fitting that Selkirk gained a losing bonus point with a last minute 7 point try, coupled with a magnificent touch line conversion, as they were always in the game. Selkirk were the epitome of a Borders team, full of guile and tenacity, great shape to their play, youth and then experience in the shape of Scott Tomlinson coming on at half time to display his full array of skills including an angled touch line raker that had John Rutherford purring on the touchline! Scott had been up with the Selkirk minis to play in the morning at Invers…a great day for rugby friendship. Stew/Mel had the edge in the line outs with big Jamie Sword dominating and the arrival of Andrew St Clair a real bonus. The game was testimony to the value of having strong front row subs, with those two fine club men (Lindsay Ross and Scott Cubbitt (flu bound) coming off the bench with 25 mins to go to steady the scrum. Scott you only have another 30 odd years to keep playing to match up with Lindsay!
The first half was a very even affair with the visitors kicking a penalty right on 40mins to reduce our lead to 14 -10. Another Selkirk penalty brought the score to 14-13 and at this point both the 1s and 2s were leading by exactly the same score. Even resident actuary Andy Scott was struggling to give accurate odds on this happening.
The game was won with the second half tries by Cubitt and Gilroy as the home forwards well led by Willie Malcolm gradually got on top. From a Stew/Mel perspective it really was a full squad effort, everyone playing their part, Lewis Scott deserving special mention as he covered every inch of the park both in attack and defence. Although he’ll not please everyone the game was very well refereed and one final postscript on the game was the excellent goalkicking from both teams on a windy day. Well done to all!
Lawrance & Jim