Hamilton’s last-gasp leveller

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TRAILING 24-7 at the break, Selkirk’s under-16s staged a magnificent fightback under the Poynder Park floodlights on Monday night, earning a deserved draw with the game’s last kick.

“The boys never let their heads go down,” said coach Cameron Cochrane, adding: “They showed great character against a much bigger Kelso side.

“What was especially pleasing was the performance of the four under-15 players we’d had to draft into the squad – Mark Rutter, Rory Hamilton, Kieran Blair and Sam Coltherd – who all acquitted themselves really well.

“It certainly bodes well for our remaining games.”

Skippered by hooker Finlay Amos, who had a great game, Selkirk’s first three tries were scored by Kerr Gerard (who ran the length of the field), Stuart Howden and Jack McDonald.

Still trailing 24-17 in injury time, centre Jy Griffin crashed over for the visitors’ fourth touchdown to put them just two points in arrears. Rory Hamilton then stepped up to send over the conversion, levelling the scores to earn Selkirk two precious league points.

Selkirk U16s: K. Gerard; S. Howden, J. Griffin, F. Hitchcock, C. Bell; A. Rutter, S. Francis; W. Mills, F. Amos, A. Howatson, L. Blair, M. Asif, R. Job, S. Mackenzie, H. Borthwick. Subs: J. McDonald, K. Blair, R. Hamilton, H. Robertson, S. Coltherd, M. Rutter.

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