Selkirk 54
Musselburgh 21

SELKIRK secured a convincing win over Musselburgh at Philiphaugh at the weekend.

The Souters were keen to bounce back from the recent losses against Cartha Queens Park and Aberdeen Grammar.

And they made no mistake on Saturday.

Winger Josh Welsh capitalised on Musselburgh’s handling errors early on to go over the line. His try was converted by stand-off Aaron McColm.

And shortly after they doubled their lead when Darren Clapperton weaved his was through the visitors’ defence and under the posts.

McColm again added the conversion.

The home side were dominating and it wasn’t long before Welsh went over the line again. And the lead was extended to 21-0 when McColm added the extras.

Musselburgh were then forced to make some changes when Rory Smith took a knock, resulting in Corey Vela moving to scrum-half, Donald Kennedy to stand-off and James Doig taking over on the wing.

And they got their first try of the afternoon when Craig Owenson scored a try which was converted by Vela.

But the fightback was short-lived when the Souters hit back with two quick tries. The first an unconverted one by Clinton Wagman and the second secured Welsh’s hat-trick. That was converted by McColm.

The home side started the second half brightly and Welsh again shook off several tackles to score his fourth try. McColm again on fire adding the extras to make the score 40-7.

Musselburgh did pull another seven points back however. Andrew Cook found a gap and darted over the line, while Vela added the extra two.

And they scored their third try shortly afterwards when James Doig dodged through the Selkirk defence. 

Kennedy converted.

But the home side responded with two quick tries from Rory Banks and Clapperton – McColm converting the first to ensure a comfortable victory.