ALAN LORIMER @ Philphaugh
WATSONIANS retained their Kings of the Sevens title in the penultimate tournament but while there was joy for the Myreside men it was Boroughmuir who were the stars of the show at Selkirk after winning at Philiphaugh for the first time in their illustrious history by defeating Jed-Forest 19-7 in the final.
The Meggetland men came through the early rounds with wins over Kelso and Hawick before facing Edinburgh Accies in the first of the semi-finals. It looked as though Accies would win the tie after they led 14-5 at the break but a second half hat-trick by Archie Russell, the younger brother of Finn, however, gave the Meggetland side a 22-14 win.
Jed-Forest after knocking out Gala in the first round, then produced a first class performance to defeat the newly-crowned Watsonians in the quarter finals. Then in the semi final against Melrose, Jed looked to be in control when they led 22-0 at the break with a hat-trick of tries from Lewis Young and one from Rory Marshall. But two tries by Melrose’s talented teenager Kieran Clark and one by Ruaridh Knott signalled a fightback but not enough to impeded Jed’s progress to the final.
In the final, Boroughmuir’s greater physicality, teamwork and sheer pace proved too much for Jed, the Meggetland men scoring tries by Jonny Matthews and Gavin Parker for a 12-0 lead before Matthews added a second-half score, Jed replying late in the game with a Lewis Young score.
Round 1: Boroughmuir 35 Kelso 10, Hawick 40 GHA 14, Langholm 0 Edinburgh Accies 26, Selkirk 28 President’s V11 5, Watsonians 37 Berwick 0, Gala 5 Jed-Forest 33, Peebles 0 Melrose 40, RGR7 45 Heriot’s 14
Quarter-finals: Boroughmuir 24 Hawick 5, Edinburgh Accies 24 Selkirk 5, Watsonians 7 Jed-Forest 21, Melrose 19 RGR 7.
Semi-finals: Boroughmuir 22 Edinburgh Accies 14, Jed-Forest 29 Melrose 22
Final: Boroughmuir 19 Jed-Forest 7
Ned Haig Kings of the Sevens table (after nine rounds) –
1 Watsonians 61
2 Boroughmuir 49
3 Edin Accies 43
4 Melrose 40
5 Jedforest 33
6 Kelso 20
7 Hawick 17
8 Gala 12
8 Heriot’s 12
10 Selkirk 9
11 Berwick 6
12 Peebles 5
13 Langholm 3