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Selkirk 24 Aberdeen Grammar 44

Published - 22 September 2019

Aberdeen Grammar surged back to form in the Premiership after their disappointing defeat to Glasgow Hawks by thrashing Selkirk 44-24.

The Rubislaw side raced into a 15-point lead in as many minutes and finished the half in charge at 32-5 up.

Head coach Ali O’Connor said: “We put last week’s poor performance well and truly behind us. Four tries in the first half was amazing. Centre Tom Aplin had a great game, capping it with a fine day with the boot.”

Winger Doug Russell and stand-off Sam Knudson got Grammar off to a bright start, although Aplin missed both conversions.

Thereafter, he was in impeccable kicking form, adding two penalties, and converting the tries of flanker Will Alton and Nat Coe before the break, while Selkirk had the consolation of a touchdown by full-back Ryan Cottrell. Knudson made it 37-5 after half-time to effectively end the game as a contest, although the home side managed tries from flanker Scott McClymont (2) and centre Henry Blithray to earn a try bonus point.

Grammar had the last word as Aplin raced away to score then added the extras for a personal haul of 19 points.

© Jack Nixon

Selkirk: Ryan Cottrell; Frazer Anderson, Josh Welsh, Henry Blithray, Jacob Henry; Callum Anderson, Aaron McColm; Luke Pettie, James Bett, Bruce Riddell; Andrew Mackay, Peter Forrest; Andrew McColm, Scott McClymont, Harry Borthwick.

Replacements: Ross Purvis, Grant Forrest, Derry Alexander, Luca Merolle, Luca Berte.

Aberdeen Grammar: Bryn Perrott; Nathan Brown, Nat Coe, Tom Aplin, Doug Russell; Sam Knudson, Jamie Troup; Andrew Cook, Ben Inglis, Matthias Schosser; Jordan Robertson, Robin Cessford; Chris Jollands, Will Alton, Greig Ryan.

Replacements: Morgan Martin, Cameron Robertson, Gregor Nichol, Murray Mitchell, Patrick Ritchie.

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