Jed-Forest 10 - 29 Selkirk
Nov 1, 2014
Report. Includes tv highlights
Jed welcomed local rivals Selkirk to Riverside for our second border derby in as many weeks. A large crowd bolstered by a strong traveling support and 80 of our own lunching ex players witnessed a much better Jed performance than last week but league leaders Selkirk were always going to be tough opponents.
Like last week Jed started well using the strong breeze to keep Selkirk in their own half. We never really threatened to cross Selkirks line but we were rewarded for our early pressure with a penalty after 18 minutes. Donald Grieve duly converted to give Jed a 3 - 0 lead. Selkirk were quick to respond when their forwards drove over in front of the Jed cop. Selkirk's forwards were dominating but it was their backs who took advantaged of some very poor tackling down the wee stand side to score nearer the posts to take a 12 - 3 HT lead.
The second half started with a bang when Greg Walker intercepted a Selkirk pass on our 22 line and he had the speed to run the lenght of the pitch and scored under the posts. Donald Grieve converted. This was as close as the game got and some more weak tackling out wide let Selkirk restore their 9 point lead after only 44 minutes. Scott Raeburn was sin binned 2 minutes later but Jed responded well and kept Selkirk pointless for the duration of their 1 man advantage. It wasn't untill the 65th minute that Selkirk worked an overlap to score their bonus point try in the score board corner. Jed spent the rest of the game defending and Selkirk were using their scrum dominance to win a series of penalties near the Jed line. Jed's front row resources were depleted and when Greg Nagle was sin binned for wheeling the scrum 30 seconds after coming on as a replacement confusion reigned. It was eventually sorted out and as we had no more front row cover non competitive scrums were ruled. Sekirk changed tactic and opted to kick for touch and used their advantage to rumble over for their 5th try. FT 29 - 10 to Selkirk.
A much better performance this week and our mid field rush defence was excellent. However we need to tighten up out wide.
We have another huge border derby next week at Kelso and we need to improve again. A big traveling support is a must as we try to seperate ourselves from the bottom of the league.