Our first competitive game with a young squad against Selkirk was as you would expect a physical introduction to the new season. We played pretty well for 50 minutes, the backs looked sharp with Blair Hutchinson and young George Taylor in particular looking good, George being a real prospect at only 17yrs of age. He's on his travels with Scotland u19s this week and we wish him well for those games. With a few boys missing due to injury, weddings and illness there were a number of real positives to take from this Border League game - Fraser Thomson played the first 50 minutes, his first game since January and was named man of the match. Fraz looked back to his best which is a huge positive for us. Once we removed a number of our more experienced players Selkirk showed their usual grit and determination and came back into the game before Rory Tolland and Austin Lockington both scored excellent tries. So a job well done and a very worthwile exercise, introducing a number of last years Wasps boys who all aquiited themselves well. Despite taking 22 players to Selkirk and as mentioned having 9 off, a 20 strong Storm squad took 30pts off Berwick. In addition the Ladies had their first outing of the season and defeated an experienced Novacastrians side by 40 points. So on the whole a good day for the club but.....
As can happen in sport we suffered a very cruel blow when Joe Helps broke his arm at Selkirk. It’s a nasty one and no doubt Joe will be out for a while. It’s a blow for us and more importantly it’s a blow to Joe as he has worked really hard in preseason. We all wish him well and a speedy recovery.
Next week sees us take on Heriots in the inaugrial BT CHARITY SHIELD MATCH. ko5pm It should be an excellent days rugby with the opportunity to take in a double header with Edinburgh v Leicester at the earlier time of 2pm
Players who missed yeaterday but should be back in contention soon include
Tito Mua - Tito arrives with his good friend Todd Pearce on Tuesday. He is from West Harbour club in Sydney and is a winger/centre of Fijian nationality with a reputation of being a prolific try scorer having played at a pretty high level.