Promotion the target as Hawick come calling

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EWAN Robbie has admitted that Selkirk’s eyes are now fixed on promotion back to Scottish rugby’s top tier, writes Kenny Paterson.

The Philiphaugh coach claimed his side had not been set any targets at the start of their RBS National League season.

But following Selkirk’s latest win – a 15-11 triumph at Kelso – the Souters lie just eight points behind second-placed Glasgow Hawks with a game in hand.

It means tomorrow’s derby with third-placed Hawick at Philiphaugh has added importance.

Robbie said: “Hawick like to throw the ball around and we will pay attention to them this week ahead of the game.

“However, we also have to concentrate on ourselves and be disciplined.

“We didn’t really set ourselves a target at the start of the season, but from this moment we have to say that we are now pushing for promotion.”

Robbie was delighted with victory at Poynder Park, particularly after Selkirk suffered a humbling 35-3 loss at the same venue last season.

It was not a match that could be billed as a thriller, with mistakes, too much kicking and poor handling by both sides.

Kelso opened the scoring through a Darren Gillespie try, but Selkirk replied on 20 minutes as Darren Clapperton scored in the corner after an initial breakthrough by Angus Duckett.

Murray Hastie replied for Kelso with a penalty, but good work by Fraser Harkness and Clapperton set up a rumbling maul which resulted in Neil Darling touching down.

Selkirk had a four-point lead at the break, and managed to retain that advantage to full-time, with an exchange of penalty goals by Michael McVie and Kelso substitute Will Massey the only scores of the half.

Selkirk coach Alistair Dickson added: “Neither team seemed to get going – it was a strange sort of game, with lots of penalties.

“We’re going to have to go up some levels for Hawick.”

In RBS Reserve National One, the A team make the short trip to Melrose Stormers tomorrow, with a win needed in the second XVs relegation battle.

And Selkirk Stormers hope to play only their sixth RBS Reserve East One game of the season when they host Peebles A.

In the Semi-Junior League, the Youth Club travel to Hawick PSA. All games kick off at 2pm, apart from Selkirk’s clash with Hawick, which starts at 3pm.

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