Match Report, NL5: Selkirk v Accies

Selkirk 10-31 Accies

For the testing visit to Philiphaugh we had to make unavoidable changes to the squad that had won at GHA the week before. With Jack Paterson back playing for his school, James Evans made his season’s debut on the wing and Neill Aitkin started in the second row following his performance the previous week. On the bench, Jamie Winks and James Munro made welcome returns.

Apart from 15 minutes of light rain, the conditions were perfect for rugby on the splendid looking Selkirk pitch.

It was an exciting start for Accies’ supporters. We kicked off and Jamie Sole was first to the ball. We worked play up field and from a lineout 25 metres from the Selkirk line, caught the ball, drove the maul up to their line and Clement Lacour went over. Andrew Bell converted: 0-7 after just two minutes.

Over the next few minutes, neither team made much headway, but the scene for the afternoon was set, with our pack dominating in the scrum and us winning Selkirk’s lineouts with ease.

With 11 minutes gone Selkirk closed the gap with a penalty only for us score one of our own (Bell) six minutes later: 3-10.

Both teams were trying to play attacking rugby but the defences were on top, with most of the play being between the 22s.

Finally, in the dying minutes of the first half, we were camped in the Selkirk 22 and, after a couple of drives from a lineout, Selkirk were penalised close to their posts. We opted for a scrum, Selkirk were penalised again and we took another scrum. After a couple of resets and replacing their prop, we pushed them over their line for Tom Drennan to touch down. Bell converted: 3-17 and halftime.

Selkirk opened the second half scoring when, six minutes into the second half, we allowed Mike Davies to slip through from our 22 to score under the posts. The conversion took the score to 10-17.

From the restart we showed some urgency and kept play around the Selkirk 22. We retained the ball and, following a good 30 metre break by young replacement prop Shaun Gunn, won the breakdown, moved the ball to the right, switched back left, where Gunn was involved again, and on to Sole who galloped in from 20 metres to score in the left hand corner. Bell converted: 10-24 with 10 minutes gone.

With Lawrie Seydak now on the park, breaking tackles and making ground ‘at will’, and Selkirk’s pack being second best at the scrums and third best at the lineout, it became more difficult for Selkirk to do anything constructive. However, both sides’ defences worked hard and it was not until the 31st minute of the second half that we managed to add to the score sheet.

Following a long period of play in the Selkirk half, we had a scrum 20 metres from their line. Our pack pushed them backwards and Seydak picked up the ball from the back of the scrum and went over for the bonus point try, which Bell converted: 10-31.

For the final 10 minutes we were well in control of the game, though the Selkirk defence kept us at bay.

All in all it was a good win. It is always pleasing to play in the Borders and come away with a win and a bonus point. Our forwards were well in control, especially in the scrums and the lineouts, though the Selkirk lineout play left a lot to be desired.

Man of the Match was Clement Lacour - ex of Selkirk! - who has scored a try in each of the last three games and is the highest try scorer of the season so far. Young Shaun Gunn, who came on after 15 minutes to replace James Pearse, but went off with what turns out to be a bad bruise in the bicep, had a strong game, scrumming well and being notable in open play.

Tries: Lacour; Drennan; Sole; L Seydak.
Conversions: Bell (4)
Penalties: Bell

Video clips:
Accies' tries
Line breaks

Selkirk A 5-65 Accies 2nd XV

With the 2nds winning against Selkirk A, 65-5, it was a rewarding day in the Borders for the Club.

Posted on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 under Match Reports Club News